Pumpkins of all shapes and sizes were entered in the South Otago A&P’s first ever virtual giant pumpkin competition, held in place of the usual competition.
Organiser Katy Button said, ‘‘it gives us great pleasure to present the winners of the South Otago A&P virtual pumpkin competition for 2020 and many thanks to everyone who supported the competition this season’’.
She said the prize packs and show ribbons would be delivered when the alert levels allowed her to get out and deliver them.
In her summary of the virtual competition she said Sarah Baldwin’s entry was best in show because ‘‘It was the best looking pumpkin: perfect pumpkin shape and colour. She was the obvious winner, just looking at her photos.’’
‘‘Bridget Lowry, of Balclutha, was the adult winner in the biggest pumpkin category. She said the secret to growing pumpkins was lots of chicken manure and fire ash, as it was good fertiliser.
Lachie Wark (11), of Lawrence, grew the biggest children’s pumpkin.
‘‘The Wark family were growing for the Lawrence Giant Pumpkin Competition at the Bellview Wetlands Reserve and we liked the comparison to bean cans in Lachie’s photo,’’ Mrs Button said.
‘‘Because it was all new we had three entries in adult class and seven in children’s class, lower than in previous years but it’s been a tough growing season with extreme weather events and we didn’t really have a summer to talk of.
‘‘It was pretty straightforward judging with everyone supplying their weights and photos.’’
Mrs Button said the A&P committee was keen to keep the competition going as it had a great reach on its Facebook›based virtual competition.