School Winners 2021

School Winners 2021

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.
New NZ Giant Pumpkin Record

New NZ Giant Pumpkin Record

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 Until the Carnival

20 Days Until the Carnival

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.

They include:

– Parking Wardens
– Pumpkin Lifters
– Pumpkin Creation Stewards
– Pumpkin Carnival Helper
– Photographer
– Videographer
– 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.

Seedlings Ready Now

Seedlings Ready Now

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.

Guess How Many Seeds Competition

Guess How Many Seeds Competition

We’ve recently started our first round of giant and miniature pumpkin seeds.  The seedlings will be available near the end of the month.

We’ve decided to have a guessing competition.  Guess how many seeds are in this bag of giant pumpkin seeds by leaving your guess as a comment on the Facebook Post or the Instagram post.  The person that is the closest to the correct number will win either some seedlings when they are ready or some seeds if they are out of town.


  • Competition is being run by The Great Pumpkin Carnival
  • Competition ends on the 16th of October
  • Open to anyone in New Zealand
  • 1 entry per person per social media account
  • Judges decision is final