EVELYN.THORN@cluthaleader.co.nz

A new record has been established in the SOAP Giant Pumpkin Day contest this year.

This year the competition exceeded expectations, said South Otago A&P Society president Bridget Lowry.

Balclutha local Nicola Crossan’s pumpkin claimed the adult competition. Her pumpkin weighed 104.5kg.

Second place went to last year’s winner Daniel Wark, with an 82.5kg pumpkin, and third place was Jono Gardyne’s 55kg pumpkin.

In the children’s category first place went to Oliver Law, whose pumpkin weighed in at 61kg. Second place went to Mason Wark with a 51kg pumpkin and Austin Law came in third with his 30.5kg pumpkin.

The ‘‘best in show’’ vegetable prize was given to Jono Gardyne’s pumpkin, and Graham Moffat’s 5.5kg beetroot was also one to see among the various massive veges entered in the giant vegetable category.

The hay and baleage competition was also a hit with the rural folk. The heaviest bale and winner of the Joseph Cross (Moss) memorial trophy was Greig Foster, and the first place for baleage and winner of the Kelly Family trophy went to Vaughan Wrigley.

The 2022 Balclutha A and P Show Queens went along to help out with face painting and judging the colouring in competition.

Mrs Lowry said the day was filled with plenty of people and fun and she was lucky to have the opportunity to introduce more people to next year’s competition.

‘‘I was quite chuffed I brought the leftover seeds along with me — I sold 16 packets of them to hopeful new contestants,’’ she said.

‘‘It will be good to see new faces in next year’s competition as well as the annual show later on this year.’’