St Agnes hosts annual pumpkin weigh-in
Pumpkins of all shapes and sizes were pitted against each other at last weekend’s 14th annual pumpkin competition in St Agnes.
Around thirty competitors entered their lovingly tended orange fruits in this year’s St Agnes Pumpkin Society (Saps) event at the St Agnes Hotel last Saturday.
The competition requires Saps members to buy and plant specially sourced Giant Atlantic pumpkin seeds in the spring, before showing and weighing the resulting fruit at the end of October.
For the second year in a row the heaviest pumpkin prize was scooped by Paul and Mandy Herman whose colossal fruit weighed in at 112lbs.
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Although very pleased with their pumpkin, Mr and Mrs Herman were disappointed not to have beaten the 2009 119lbs Saps record grown by Fran Appleton.
Second prize went to Nicola Dann who presented a 59.4lb monster, and Alan Green picked up third with his 50lb whopper.
In the best carved and decorated category, five year old Syd Randall took first place with his scary and triangle themed creation.
Martha Hamilton, Saps organiser, said: “it was a well-supported, good fun and competitive day.
“In the run up everyone is quite secretive about how their pumpkins are doing, so you never know what you are going to get until the day - and I never tell anyone how much theirs weights until the end.
“we are certainly looking forward to what the 15th annual competition will bring next year.”
The event raised £80.00 which will be donated to Cornwall Women's Refuge Trust.