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In April Mayor Sam Broughton hosted the People’s Pumpkin Party at Foster Park.

Local schools, mayors and councillors have been growing pumpkins over the summer and these were all brought along for the big weigh-in.

There were around 15 pumpkins up for judging, among them some huge entries from Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel and local schools. Rolleston School’s mega pumpkin took out the top prize of $500, weighing in at a whopping 31.8kg. The next heaviest was Lincoln School’s pumpkin weighing in at 28.1kg.

Rolleston School students and teachers said the winnings would likely go towards the school’s new playground.

Mayor Sam also ran a competition for students to create an A3 poster about water and nutrient management for growing the pumpkin. A small group of students from Sheffield School won and the prize of $500 will go towards their school.

The idea for the competition came from Selwyn-Waihora Zone Committee chair Allen Lim, to help generate discussion about how things grow in Canterbury and the water and nutrients required to make things grow.

The pumpkins will now be harvested for their seeds, which will be used for the seedlings offered in next year’s competition, which organisers hoped would be bigger and better

Last Changed: 15 May 2018


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