Giant gourds the talk of the town

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EVELYN.THORN@nullcluthaleader.co.nz

The South Otago A&P Society is honing in on its sixth annual Giant Pumpkin Day.

Entrants grow a pumpkin or other vegetable to as big as they can and take it to be judged in competition at the Balclutha Showgrounds on April 3.

There will be market stalls and activities running alongside the competition.

Balclutha woman Camille MacAulay and her family have high hopes for their pumpkin, which they have named ‘‘Coco’’.

‘‘We started growing our two pumpkin seeds allocated to us by Johnstone Electrical in November. It started off as a fun thing to do for the kids but we’ve actually become quite competitive now,’’ Mrs MacAulay said.

Assessing the success of Coco was difficult without knowing how well the competition was progressing but the family was excited simply to be taking part.

‘‘This is our first time in the competition.

‘‘We were originally given two seeds but after only one sprouted we turned all our love and attention to Coco,’’ Mrs MacAulay said.

She said children Antoinette (5) and Richard (7) were excited to see how the competition would play out as they continued to tend to Coco.