Trees at the Meteor 2018

Trees at the Meteor 2018

Trees at the Meteor 2018

For the first time, The Great Pumpkin Carnival Team decided to enter a tree into Trees at the Meteor to spread the pumpkin goodness.


The first step was to paint all the dried out pumpkins we had on hand.  Which was more time consuming than we thought it would be.


Once painted in their base coat of orange, the pumpkins were decorated in a variety of designs.

To display the pumpkins a tree was made up using Redwood and black pipe covered in green crepe paper.

We put it all together and once some Christmas lights were attached we had the best pumpkin Christmas tree (quite possbily the only one) in all of Hamilton.


 A big thank you to everyone that helped out in creating or supplied us items to create our tree.


And everyone else that came along to view our creation.  We are going to have to put our thinking caps on to see what we can up with next year.


Scarecrow Festival 2018

Scarecrow Festival 2018

Earlier today some of The Great Pumpkin Carnival team spent time talking pumpkins at the Hamilton Gardens Scarecrow Festival.

The weather was mostly fine with some big gusts of wind being no problem for the amazing scarecrows on display.

We talked pumpkins with a lot of people and for the first time ever we sold out of all the seedlings we had with us. Thanks to everyone that come and said hi, got a seedling and are gearing up for the 2019 Carnival.

Here are a couple of photos from today.


2017 Southern Hemisphere Champion Award

2017 Southern Hemisphere Champion Award

Tim Harris recently received the award for 2017 Southern Hemisphere Champion from The Great Pumpkin Commonwealth.

This is a great achievement for someone who is pushing his pumpkins weights every year, and pushing the NZ record closer to the world record each season.

The Great Pumpkin Carnival is the only GPC weigh off site in New Zealand, and we are proud of being part of the wider giant pumpkin growing community in the world.

To read all about Tim’s achievements and his lead up to this season read the Waikato Time article here.


Planted Lots of Seeds

Planted Lots of Seeds

Today we planted 150 giant and 50 miniature pumpkin seeds in preparation for the pumpkin growing season.

We sell these seedlings at the upcoming Hamilton Gardens Scarecrow Festival which is being held on the 4th of November, all the info about that event can be found here.

Priced at $2 each, 3 for $5 or $1 for 2 giant pumpkin seeds, this is great value and takes away the hassle and problems faced by some people when starting seeds themselves.

We will be planting another batch of seeds to stagger the seedlings during this busy period.

If you are a school wanting to grow please get in touch as we have a special deal for you.

Here are some photos from our seed planting today.



Today representatives of The Great Pumpkin Carnival which included Sam our president and committee member and founder of the Carnival Jenny attended the AGM of The Friends of Hamilton Gardens.

Over the years The Great Pumpkin Carnival has had a close working relationship with the FOHG.

We are thankful for their help, especially the volunteers working in the information centre at Hamilton Gardens. The volunteers sell our giant and miniature pumpkin seedlings early in the season.

AS a small token of appreciation The Great Pumpkin Carnival gave a donation to The Friends of Hamilton Gardens at their AGM.

President of the Carnival Sam Elton-Walters hands over a donation to FOHG president Virginia Graham

2018 AGM

2018 AGM

Planning is for The Great Pumpkin Carnival is almost upon us, we are excited and looking forward to what 2019 will bring us.

Our 3rd AGM is coming up on the 27th August 2017 at 5pm at St Johns Church Hall, located on the corner of Wellington St and Grey St, Hamilton.

You are more than welcome to attend this meeting.

Regards, The Great Pumpkin Committee