Construction begins on the Mountain Bike Track

Construction on the single track for the Giant Pumpkin Festival in Heidelberg, WC begins. This is a new original track that has been specially developed for the Pumpkin Festival.

The Heidelberg Giant Pumpkin Festival 2015 Winners

Veels geluk aan die wenners by die Giant Pumpkin Festival in Heidelberg, WC. Die fees was n groot sukses, dankie aan die “pampoen-boere” wat deelgeneem het en al die wat bygewoon het.

Die Giant Pumpkin wenners is as volgens:
Eerste prys – Pinkie Swart 482kg
Tweede prys – Corné van Greunen 438,50kg
Derde prys – Lourens van Deventer 359kg
Vierde prys – Kobus Meyer 348kg
Vyfde prys – Ronél Swart 304,50kg
Sesde prys – Raymond Saayman 276kg
Sewende prys – Pieter Wentzel 268kg
Mooiste pampoen – Miriam Nel
Lelikste pampoen – Jacques Geldenhuys

The Heidelberg Giant Pumpkin Festival 2015
Congratulations to the winners of The Giant Pumpkin Festival in Heidelberg, WC. The festival was a great success and we would like to thank the “pumpkin–farmers” who participated as well as all those who attended.

The Giant Pumpkin winners are as follows:
Eerste prys – Pinkie Swart 482kg
Tweede prys – Corné van Greunen 438,50kg
Derde prys – Lourens van Deventer 359kg
Vierde prys – Kobus Meyer 348kg
Vyfde prys – Ronél Swart 304,50kg
Sesde prys – Raymond Saayman 276kg
Sewende prys – Pieter Wentzel 268kg
Mooiste pampoen – Miriam Nel
Lelikste pampoen – Jacques Geldenhuys

Giant Pumpkin Champion

Fifteen South African pumpkin growers competed in one of the closest contested competitions yet, for the title of Giant Pumpkin Champion in the 10th Shoprite and Checkers Giant Pumpkin Competition on 14 March.

Pinkie Swart from Heidelberg, the current South African record holder, was once again crowned the Giant Pumpkin Champion with his 483,6 kg pumpkin, a mere 13,5 kg short of his previous South African record of 497,5 kg. Although still far from the 1054kg World Record that was set in October 2014 by Beni Meier (Switzerland), the South African competition has seen immense growth over the last few years.

The 2015 Giant Pumpkin Champion walked away with R12 000, while Karel Robertson from Arista Farms in Heidelberg (second) and Johan du Plessis from Worcester (third) received cash prizes to the value of R7 000 and R3 500 respectively. Additional prizes were also awarded for the smallest, prettiest and ugliest pumpkins.

The Shoprite Group’s fresh fruit and vegetable procurement division, Freshmark, hosts the competition annually for South African pumpkin growers to compete during the Durbanville Farm Festival, the competition is recognized by the International Pumpkin Growers Association as an official contest, and all pumpkin sizes and records are officially recorded as such.

Wannabe pumpkin growers can obtain giant pumpkin seeds from Freshmark if they wish to enter the 2016 Giant Pumpkin Competition. Pumpkin growers can enter the competition with pumpkins grown from any seeds, but the seeds provided by Freshmark are special in that they are not genetically modified in any way, and originate from giant pumpkins from the North American Dill’s Atlantic Giant variety.

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