100kg pumpkin unveiled at the Macksville Show

Peter Grace hopes to defend the title next year with an even larger vegetable. Photo: Stephen Katte
Peter Grace hopes to defend the title next year with an even larger vegetable. Photo: Stephen Katte

Peter Grace has been trying to win the heaviest pumpkin competition at the Macksville show for the better part of a decade now, and at long last, he has succeeded with a monster vegetable weighing in at 101.5kg.

"I've been entering for years; this was the first time I've been successful. All this time I've been watching and listening, learning what I could," he said.

"I think the win was a result of bad luck for other competitors rather than anything I've done though. Noel Welsh usually wins it; unfortunately, his pumpkin burst on Wednesday.

"The Welshes are invalable to the show; we wouldn't be able to display so much without them."

The mammoth pumpkin was five months in the making and weighs more than most full-grown men; however, the grower insists there isn't a secret to creating a vegetable of such big proportions.

"Put the seed in the ground and give it tender loving care, there isn't much more to it," Peter said.

"I got the seeds online, and planted them Christmas Day, the show was a bit later than usual this year, so in future, I'll have to plant the seeds a little earlier."

Peter Grace also took out third place with a 70kg pumpkin. Photo: Stephen Katte

Peter Grace also took out third place with a 70kg pumpkin. Photo: Stephen Katte

Now that is has been judged the giant pumpkin will leave the show tomorrow along with its grower, anyone looking to try this award-winning vegetable will be left hungry though because despite the impressive size, it is entirely inedible.

"They call it a cattle pumpkin; they are not good for much except feeding cattle, I'd say this one will end up feeding the cows," Peter said.

Aside from his first place win, Peter Grace also won third in the heaviest pumpkin competition, a feat which he hopes to achieve again next year.

"I will be entering again next year for sure; I have to defend my title," he said.

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