Whopping 196kg pumpkin claims Ekka honours

Whopping 196kg pumpkin claims Ekka honours

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WINNER: Geoff Frohloff, Minden with his winning 196kg pumpking which claimed the top title at the Royal Queensland Show's Giant Pumpkin Competition.

WINNER: Geoff Frohloff, Minden with his winning 196kg pumpking which claimed the top title at the Royal Queensland Show's Giant Pumpkin Competition.

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Minden grower Geoff Frohloff's giant 196kg pumpkin claims top honours.

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MINDEN'S Geoff Frohloff has delivered a 196kg whopper, to win the Royal Queensland Show's Giant Pumpkin Competition.

Mr Frohloff's almost 200kg giant gourd saw him claim the coveted Champion Heaviest Pumpkin of Show title, taking home a total of $1050 in prize money.

"I used a lot of fertiliser and mulch, plus during the hot weather I watered the pumpkins every day - some days they received 1000 litres of water," Mr Frohloff said.

The veteran grower, who still holds the 261.5kg Ekka record set in 2015, was almost pipped by eight-year-old youth entrant Jimmy Finch from Bowenville with his whopping 171kg record setting youth entry.

BIG: Jimmy Finch from Bowenville (pictured with his younger brother Tom) with his whopping 171kg record youth entry winner.

BIG: Jimmy Finch from Bowenville (pictured with his younger brother Tom) with his whopping 171kg record youth entry winner.

It was Jimmy's first time growing a giant pumpkin, after being given the seeds by his teacher at Bowenville State School last September.

Jimmy not only won the youth class, but he also smashed the current 64kg Ekka youth record set by Angela Kalkaus in 2015.

Jimmy said he only expected his pumpkin to grow to supermarket size.

"I watered it, put fertiliser on it and I sang to it," he said.

Mr Frohloff's son and 2019 Ekka pump-king Tony Frohloff took out second and third place in the Open class with his 174kg and 171.5kg pumpkins.

Meanwhile, in the Schools class, Downlands College grew two 33.5kg pumpkins to claim first and second place, just beating Corinda State High School in third with a 31kg entry.

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RNA chief executive Brendan Christou said there was wonderful community sentiment for the Ekka following the cancellation of the 2020 Ekka due to COVID-19.

"Planning is full steam ahead, there's great excitement and we've seen great interest in our competitions, with thousands of entries already received," Mr Cristou said.

The giant pumpkin competition supported by Pillow Talk is one of the Ekka's most iconic agricultural competitions, dating back to the first show in 1876.

Some of the giant pumpkins will return to the Brisbane Showgrounds in August, to be displayed in the Agricultural Hall presented by Seqwater at the Ekka.

Green thumbs wanting to try their luck next year, can pick up their free Atlantic Giant Pumpkin seeds at the Show.

The Ekka is on August 7-15.

RESULTS

Champion Heaviest Pumpkin: Geoff Frohloff, Minden, 196kg.

Class 1 - Open: 1. Geoff Frohloff, 196kg. 2. Tony Frohloff - 174kg. 3. Tony Frohloff, 171.5kg.

Class 2 - School: 1. Downlands College, 33.5kg. Downlands College, 33.5kg. 3. Corinda State High School, 31kg.

Class 3 - Youth: 1. Jimmy Finch, Bowenville, 171kg.

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