Hello pumpkin fans, we hope you are well.
Traditionally, we distribute our giant and miniature pumpkin seedlings each year at the Scarecrow Festival, and also have them in the Hamilton Gardens Info centre.
We usually sell these for a small price. Any money we make gets put back into the Carnival and helps cover some costs it takes to run the event.
With the uncertainty of Covid and level changes, the scarecrow festival was cancelled for this year. And the information centre can’t handle cash at level 2, and isn’t open in level 3.
We Made a Decision
The Carnival Committee decided we would grow giant and miniature seedlings this year. But this time we would offer them for free.
Yup, free giant and miniature pumpkin seedlings. We’d love to find a home for every single seedling.
Free Seedlings Offer
- 1 x miniature and/or 1 giant seedling per person
- You may have to do a contactless pick up from the Glenview area
- We may do a pumpkin run and drop seedlings off in the immediate Hamilton area – dependent on availability and time.
- Once they are gone, they are gone.
- We reserve the right to limit qty’s if needed
For the school groups out there, we will be in touch very soon and organise your seedlings when alert levels allow.
How to Claim Your Seedlings
Please get in touch via our contact page if you are keen to grow, and we will allocate some seedlings for you.
The Great Pumpkin Carnival Committee is happy to announce the date of the 2022 Carnival.
27th March 2022
Tim Harris took the NZ record again for heaviest giant pumpkin with a mammoth pumpkin coming in at 844.5kg. Well done Tim.
We recently presented the certificates and prizes to the overall schools winner, and runner up.
Congratulations to Frankton School for taking out overall winner.
And Hamilton North School coming in runner up.
They gained points for every entry they entered that got a top 3 finish.
The prizes were sponsored b y Leah Gordon from Lodge Real Estate. Thanks for your support Leah.
We have all the photos of the 2021 Carnival up on our Facebook Page and Website.
Massive thanks to all our amazing sponsors, volunteers and everyone that has helped and supported our event. And a big congratulations to everyone that placed in one of our many categories.
The committee has the last meeting to wrap this carnival up last night. We’re already looking forward to the 2022 event.
We’ll be announcing next years date very soon.
The 11th annual Great Pumpkin Carnival was held today.
With some early showers in the morning, we were lucky the weather stayed good for another great pumpkin event.
With lots of things to see and do, we received a lot of very positive comments.
New NZ Giant Pumpkin Record
Tim Harris was back this year with another mammoth of a pumpkin ready to get onto the scales. Would it beat his current NZ record? Or would his son Alex beat him.
The results were in shortly after the pumpkins were lifted, placed onto the scales and all the straps removed.
Tim had beaten his old record of 808kg, and set a new NZ giant pumpkin record of 844.5kg.
Alex beat his personal best with a pumpkin coming in at 702.5kg
Well done to them, and everyone else that entered one of the many categories we have on offer on the day.
20 Days to Go
With only 20 days to go until the best pumpkin event around, are you ready?
We are going to have all the pumpkin categories including:
- Heaviest pumpkin over 200kg
- Best pumpkin creation
- Pumpkin racers
- and many more
Get your thinking caps on now and figure out what you want to enter. Registration is FREE, and if you haven’t grown, no worries. A lot of the categories can be entered with a store bought pumpkin.
Help our Event
There are two major components that make our event run smoothly. Sponsors and Volunteers.
We wouldn’t be able to put on our event without the amazing sponsors that help us each year. Please visit our sponsors page, and make sure to let them know how much you like our event.
And our extraordinary volunteers who help our event run.
We’re always on the look out for more people to help us on the day. We have all our listings up on the Volunteering Waikato Website right now.
– Parking Wardens
– Pumpkin Lifters
– Pumpkin Creation Stewards
– Pumpkin Carnival Helper
– Event Setup Helpers
– Pumpkin registration Assistant
If you’d like to find out more about these roles, and how you can help us out. Please get in touch, or visit the Volunteering Waikato Page.
We’ll be busy making the final plans for the day, and can’t wait to see you there.
Giant and Miniature Pumpkin Seedlings are Ready NOW
We’ve got giant and miniature pumpkin seedlings ready to go to their new home right now.
$2 each, or 3 for $5. Available now from the Hamilton Gardens Information Centre.
We’ll also be at the Hamilton Gardens Scarecrow Festival. And ideal time to grab some seedlings and talk pumpkin with the team.