Another year and another action packed day of racing on the Yates Pumpkin Racer track at The Great Pumpkin Carnival 2018.
With two classes, open and schools this year saw more great designs as people put in the hard work to design the best pumpkin racer around.
Before the racing kicked off, the pre race event involved Hamilton Mayor Andrew King, Matamata/Piako District Mayor Jan Barnes and Labour List MP Jamie Strange who had made it through the first round of the celebrity challenge by painting a pumpkin in their likeness. These three pumpkin racers were decided to be the best as voted by the many onlookers in the crowd.
Jan Barnes pumpkin racer was the winner on the day, taking out the celebrity challenge for 2018.
Pumpkin racers have to meet a small number of rules to be eligible to race on the Yates pumpkin racer track.
#1. Your pumpkin racer must be made with only one pumpkin (store bought is fine)
#2. Two independent axles must be placed through the pumpkin
#3. You may not attach your pumpkin onto a pre-fabricated chassis of any kind (skateboard, stroller, Tonka truck, etc.
#4. No pushing or “helping” your pumpkin down the track, let gravity do its thing
Any pumpkin racer not meeting this criteria, can still race down the ramp but only as an exhibition race.
There were lots of thrills and spills on the day, with one pumpkin racer even blowing all of it’s wheels off as it hit the bottom of the ramp.
After the heats, it’s time to get down to the finals racing.
Pumpkin Racer winners for 2018
1st Place – Luke Vowles
2nd Place – Blake Clements
3rd Place – Charlie Pugh
1st Place – Whitikahu School
2nd Place – Argyle Preschool
3rd Place – Lil pumpkins early learning – Kereru Room
The large crowd couldn’t get enough of the pumpkin racers, so the winners of the the open class took on the winner of the schools in one final race down the Yates Pumpkin Racer Ramp.
Whitikahu School took out this final race.
A big thank you to Yates NZ for sponsoring this ever growing event, we can’t wait to see what pumpkin racers we will see in 2019.
A new NZ giant pumpkin record has been set
For the third time at The Great Pumpkin Carnival, Morrinsville farmer Tim Harris has once again broken the NZ record, by weighing in a 808kg pumpkin at the only GPC weigh off site in New Zealand.
A great family fun day out
We had a great turn out for the Carnival, with lots of things for people to see and do from Kids races, face painters, paint a rock, and getting photos taken with Poppy the Pumpkin.
For a great write up about our event, check out this great article by the Waikato Times
The Great Pumpkin Carnival now has a mascot, they don’t say too much but sure do like moving around. We are currently gathering suggestions for names. If you have an idea let us know either via our Facebook page or send us an email.
Every since it’s inception, The Great Pumpkin Carnival has been a minimum sugar event.
While we believe in personal choice when it comes the food people eat, we also feel that having an event that works to have minimum sugar helps make us a little bit more unique, and from the feedback we have received parents and other visitors like this fresh approach to an event.
How we achieve this goal
We discuss with any of our food vendors before the event on what they have to offer, we discuss our choice to be minimum sugar free. They make changes to accommodate us and one year a seller of popcorn learned that removing much of the sugar from their product made it more desirable to the public, and it is now one of their biggest selling products.
The Great Pumpkin Carnival date has been set, April the 8th 2018 on the Rhododendron Lawn at Hamilton Gardens.
One of the most unique events in Hamilton is back, and we are gearing up for another great day out for young and old alike.
What are you going to enter in the Carnival?
From the giant giants to the mini miniatures, from amazing creations to the best pumpkin cooking around, we have a whole bunch of different categories, many you can enter even if you haven’t grown.
To find out more about all the categories and classes make to check out the website for all the latest info.
Now is the time to plan, lay down the challenge to friends and family and start getting ready for the Carnival.
We will have giant and miniature seedlings for sale from late October for just $2 a seedling, or 3 for $5.
Make sure to come along and check out the Scarecrow Festival happening at Hamilton Gardens on the 10th of October, we’ll be there with seedlings, make sure to say hi.
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