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

Yates Pumpkin Racers 2018 Results

Yates Pumpkin Racers 2018 Results

Another year and another action packed day of racing on the Yates Pumpkin Racer track at The Great Pumpkin Carnival 2018.

With two classes, open and schools this year saw more great designs as people put in the hard work to design the best pumpkin racer around.

Before the racing kicked off, the pre race event involved Hamilton Mayor Andrew King, Matamata/Piako District Mayor Jan Barnes and Labour List MP Jamie Strange who had made it through the first round of the celebrity challenge by painting a pumpkin in their likeness.  These three pumpkin racers were decided to be the best as voted by the many onlookers in the crowd.

Jan Barnes pumpkin racer was the winner on the day, taking out the celebrity challenge for 2018.

Pumpkin racers have to meet a small number of rules to be eligible to race on the Yates pumpkin racer track.

#1.  Your pumpkin racer must be made with only one pumpkin (store bought is fine)

#2.  Two independent axles must be placed through the pumpkin

#3.  You may not attach your pumpkin onto a pre-fabricated chassis of any kind (skateboard, stroller, Tonka truck, etc.

#4.  No pushing or “helping” your pumpkin down the track, let gravity do its thing

Any pumpkin racer not meeting this criteria, can still race down the ramp but only as an exhibition race.

There were lots of thrills and spills on the day, with one pumpkin racer even blowing all of it’s wheels off as it hit the bottom of the ramp.

After the heats, it’s time to get down to the finals racing.

Pumpkin Racer winners for 2018

Open Class

1st Place – Luke Vowles
2nd Place – Blake Clements
3rd Place – Charlie Pugh

Schools Class

1st Place – Whitikahu School
2nd Place – Argyle Preschool
3rd Place – Lil pumpkins early learning – Kereru Room

The large crowd couldn’t get enough of the pumpkin racers, so the winners of the the open class took on the winner of the schools in one final race down the Yates Pumpkin Racer Ramp.

Whitikahu School took out this final race.

A big thank you to Yates NZ for sponsoring this ever growing event, we can’t wait to see what pumpkin racers we will see in 2019.


A New NZ Record

A New NZ Record

A new NZ giant pumpkin record has been set

For the third time at The Great Pumpkin Carnival, Morrinsville farmer Tim Harris has once again broken the NZ record, by weighing in a 808kg pumpkin at the only GPC weigh off site in New Zealand.

A great family fun day out

We had a great turn out for the Carnival, with lots of things for people to see and do from Kids races, face painters, paint a rock, and getting photos taken with Poppy the Pumpkin.

For a great write up about our event, check out this great article by the Waikato Times