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New Date to be Annouced in 2020
Heidelberg, Western Cape

On 23 March 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a new measure to combat the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus in South Africa – a three-week nationwide lockdown with severe restrictions on travel and movement, supported by the South African National Defence Force – from midnight on Thursday, 26 March, to midnight on Thursday, 16 April. The President said more needed to be done to avoid “an enormous catastrophe” among the population.

In essence, this meant people would only be allowed to leave their homes to buy food, seek medical help or under other extreme circumstances.

The lockdown follows government regulations that limited public gatherings, travel from high-risk countries and the sale of alcohol.

In addition, borders were closed to reduce the rate of infection from those travelling into South Africa from other countries. A quarantine was also enforced on inbound travellers and returning citizens. Read more on the Official South African COVID-19 Online Resource & News Portal.

2020 Giant Pumpkin Winners

  • 1. Piet Lotz
  • 2. Elizna Lotz
  • 3. Pinkie Swart
  • 4. Pierre van Vuuren
  • 5. Douw Wessels
  • 6. Attie Geldenhuys
  • 7. Hanco Bouwer
  • 8. Mariette du Plessis
  • 9. Juanita Kleynhans
  • 10. Annaleen Visser
  • 11. Johan van Greunen
  • 12. Jannie Swanepoel
  • 13. Adriaan van Zyl

  • 14. Gert van Deventer
  • 15. Coetzee Uys
  • Mooiste Pampoen
  • Lelikste Pampoen
  • 860 kg
  • 553.50 kg
  • 540 kg
  • 528.50 kg
  • 464,50 kg
  • 461 kg
  • 444 kg
  • 441,50 kg
  • 430 kg
  • 4111 kg
  • 410 kg
  • 347 kg
  • 347 kg
  • 339 kg
  • 338,50 kg
  • Johan v Greunen
  • Hendrik Kotze

Due to the Covid-19 Lockdown schedule, the Giant Pumpkins were weighed-in at a closed event on 26 April 2020 in Heidelberg.

The Giant Pumpkin Festival will still go ahead in 2020 at a date yet to be confirmed.

2020 Entry Fees & Times

To Be Announced – 2020

Children: R 80 per ticket (Under 12)
Adults: R 160 per ticket

To Be Announced – 2020

Children & Pensioners: R15 per ticket
Adults: R30 per ticket

2020 MTB Race & Trail Run

Distances & Pricing
MTB-19.8km – R 100.00
MTB-40km – R 150.00
MTB-65km – R 200.00
TRAIL RUN-15km – R150.00

There is a group start 07H30 (MTB & Trail Run)

Gravel Bikes are welcome.

The Event is CSA sanctioned. If a rider is not a current CSA license holder, a day license of R35 is applicable for the 40 & 65km distances

MTB Race & Trail Run – Late Entries & Registration
TBA 2020 @ Heidelberg Grill & Go from 17H00 – 19H00
TBA 2020 @ Heidelberg Show grounds form 06H00 – 07H00

Race Start – 07H30 | Prize Giving – 11H00


About the Pumpkin Festival

Taking place in the scenic countryside town of Heidelberg Western Cape, at the Heidelberg Showgrounds, just 275 km from Cape Town, The Giant Pumpkin Festival is set to become a popular calendar event in the Hessequa region.

There are big prizes up for grabs at the  Giant Pumpkin Festival, the biggest pumpkin will win R17,500. If the World record is broken, you could win R150 000! If the South African record is broken, you will win R20 000 and if you get over 750kg then you can win R50 000.

The festival will celebrate, as usual, the Largest Pumpkins in South Africa and also host a Golf Day, a Trail Run, Beer Garden, Luxury Camping (Glamping) Live Music and dance and entertainment for the whole family.

Luxury Camping at the Festival

Standard Tents
R1350 for 2 people for two nights:

1 Canvas Dome tent, 1 Tent carpet, 2 Stretchers, 2 High Density Matresses, 2 Fitted sheets, 1 Bedside table, 2 Directors chairs, 1 Ground sheet, 1 Inside Tent LED light & USB charging port for phone, 1 CONSOL Solar Light

Luxury Tents
R1750 for two people for 2 nights will also include:

Bedding, Towels, Electricity.

There will also be a coffee station and a large tent available for relaxing. Prices include Friday & Saturday entry.

Booking & Enquiries
Email: admin@pumpkinfestival.co.za
Telephone: Jo Ann Kretzen on 071 876 4224

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