Winners of the 2022 Photo Contest

Winners of the 2022 Photo Contest

Huge thanks to everyone that entered this year’s photo contest. Congratulations to all of our winners.

Show us Your Pumpkin – Lucky Draw Winners

Pumpkin Creation – Public Vote

Pumpkin Creations – Committee Vote

2022 Event Cancelled

2022 Event Cancelled

The Great Pumpkin Carnival committee has decided to cancel the 2022 event.

Like many other events around the country, the uncertainty around Covid has played a big part in making this decision.

This combined with limited numbers allowed. Added costs and added requirements just to have an event as ours, we’ve decided it’s best to not hold the 2022 event.

We know many of you out there will be as gutted as we are with this decision. But keeping people safe and having an event that works best is at the forefront of our decision making.

Online Competition

We are, however, going to be having an online competition in March. Similar to what we ran in 2020.

More info about that will come out in the next couple of weeks.

Take care out there.

The Great Pumpkin Carnival Committee

Free Seedling Offer

Free Seedling Offer

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.

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.