The Giant Pumpkin Festival will take place in Heidelberg, WC, on the 24th & 25th March 2017. The festival will include the iconic giant pumpkin competition; youth focused activities throughout the day, a golf competition, a bowls competition, a giant pumpkin pie, camping, an ox braai and live local music on both evenings.
The Festival will take place on the showgrounds just outside of the center of Heidelberg. The showgrounds are used for several events such as agricultural shows, dance evenings, oxbraais and other community events. There is adequate space for parking, tents, stalls, race village, a hall for dancing, kitchens and ablutions.
During the day there will be events for kids such as pumpkin carving, pumpkin tug – of – war, jumping castle, waterslide and much more. A campsite will be available at the showgrounds for the Friday and Saturday nights as well as luxury tented camping. The ox braai will start on Friday night to kick off the festival while we welcome the campers and register the racers.
The Pumpkin Competition
The heart of the Giant Pumpkin Festival is the weighing in of the Giant pumpkins – a favourite for the whole family. The competition brings the local farming community together and allows passionate growers from the region to demonstrate their skills.
Growers enter the competition by buying selected seeds and planting them in carefully prepared soil. Each grower has his/her own secret growing methods which sparks speculation and anticipation leading up to the event. The result is an exciting and tightly contested competition between growers from the region around Heidelberg and the whole of the Western Cape. The pumpkins are delivered to the festival on the day, offloaded by forklift and lined up for viewing on the festival grounds. When the pumpkin becomes too large, helping hands are all around to get the big boy to the competition!
The pumpkins are rated by weight and judged on various categories, including looks and color. In 2016, local Heidelberg Farmer Lourens van Deventer scooped up first prize for the largest pumpkin with a massive weight of 373kg at the Heidelberg Giant Pumpkin Festival and Mountain Bike Race.
In second place with a pumpkin 354.5kg was Theresa van Deventer, wife of Lourens van Deventer and in third place Ronèl Swart with 342.5 kg – proving that the art of growing a giant pumpkin is not just a man’s sport.
Adding drama to the event was the fact that last year’s champion Pinkie Swart from Heidelberg had to withdraw just days before the competition because of a rotten pumpkin.
The Giant Pumpkin Festival 2017 is going to be bigger and better. See you there!