2019 AGM Notice

2019 AGM Notice

Hello pumpkin people

Hope you have had a good break since The Great Pumpkin Carnival 2019.

It is almost time for our AGM followed by our very first committee meeting for the 2020 Carnival.

August 15th
Celebrating Age Centre
30 Victoria St

If you’d like to help out at the event or be part of the committee that puts it together we would love to hear from you.

If you have any questions please flick us a message either on here or via our website.

Last Meeting for End of 2019 Season

Last Meeting for End of 2019 Season

The Great Pumpkin Carnival committee just had it’s last meeting for the 2019 season.

We discussed the feedback we received about the 2019 Carnival, and how the event went from our point of view.

It was great to see all the people that entered, the positive comments from people that bother entered and came along on the day.

We look forward to starting to organise the 2020 event and will have the date of the next Carnival for you very soon.

Best School Winner is….

Best School Winner is….

A big congratulations to Frankton School for taking out the Best School at the 2019 Great Pumpkin Carnival. With the prize donated by Leah Gordon at Lodge Real Estate.  Frankton got the most points in total across all the categories and classes Schools can enter.

We went along to present the prize and talk pumpkins to the students, as well as witness the winning pumpkin racers in action and check out the pumpkin bus which rolled great on its pumpkin wheels.

Runner up went to Argyle Preschool. Well done to everyone that entered on the day. I know Frankton is already planning for the 2020 event.

We can’t wait to see the amazing creations, and speedy pumpkin racers.

2019 Raffle Winner

2019 Raffle Winner

Winner of our raffle at The Great Pumpkin Carnival 2019 which was proudly items donated by Mitre 10 Mega Hamilton was Caitlin.3

Well done, and thanks to everyone that bought a ticket.

What Now Kid Cam Reporter Wanted

What Now Kid Cam Reporter Wanted

We are looking for someone to be the What Now Kid Cam Reporter from The Great Pumpkin Carnival.  All the info of what would be required is below, if you know someone that can help us out please get in touch.

It would be ideal to have a child who has entered the giant pumpkin growing comp who can share their personal story .. but then also just get among all the great stuff happening on the day!

Basically we need a child aged around 10-12 (usually) with some big person support to film on an I-phone or go-pro or similar.

Kid cams need 3 things:

Intro: nice and strong full of energy and down the camera.

Content: All sorts of action: Talking to people, nice big wide views, show and tell, close-ups and exclamations.

Outro: Thanks for watching see you later down the camera

OK – here are the basics:

The big things are to remember are:

  • We need strong high-energy presenters to do an intro and outro looking at the camera!
  • They need to film on ipad, phone or go-pro.  (iPhone settings: 1080p HD 30 fps)
  • Keep it nice and steady and landscape (phone sideways)
  • Important!!!  Get close-ups, reactions and some big wide crowd shots.
  • Be careful not to muffle the sound!! Take the go-pro cover off to avoid a silent microphone!

Suggestions: This is not a rule book and your child may have MUCH better ideas J

INTRO ON CAMERA: Hi I’m .. and I’m here at The Great Pumpkin Festival in Hamilton!!


Nice big wide shots: Lots of people have come from all over ….

The festival celebrates …

Plenty of action…

Please give us lots of options crowd shots .. games, eating, fun.

I have entered the pumpkin growing competition ..

Tell us about it .. how long did it take .. what is your secret…?!

Show us ribbon .. results .. the biggest ones there etc etc ..

Talk to people .. why are you here?

Talk to kids .. why are you here?  What’s the most fun?

Talk to an organiser .. is this a record turn out. What’s the best part of the day>?.

Big long/wide shots

OUTRO ON CAMERA: This was such a great day …. thanks for watching my kid-cam!! See you next time!!


Road Closure Notice

Road Closure Notice

There is a planned road closure on the 30th and 31st of March (the weekend of the Carnival) as work continues on the last section of the Wairere Drive extension.  A section of Cobham drive will be closed.

Both gates at Hamilton Gardens however WILL BE OPEN

But there is a detour in place as shown on the map below.  Please take this into consideration when travelling during those dates.