There is nothing like a bit of healthy rivalry to bring communities together, and NewsLocal has embraced a concept that is not your average, garden-variety newspaper competition.
NewsLocal’s Great Backyard Pumpkin Challenge is now open and entries will close on Wednesday, February 26.
The fruits of growers’ efforts will be judged at the Sydney Royal Easter Show on April 8.
The competition has been promoted across NewsLocal titles including the Blacktown Advocate, the Hills Shire Times and the Macarthur Chronicle.
Last year’s winner hit the scales at 618kg. However, size is not the only goal, with a range of creative categories including Best Decorated and Celebrity Lookalike.
Prior to his retirement last week, NewsLocal editor-in-chief Bob Osburn said judges are stunned each year by creative pieces that bordered on the “wacky and weird”.
“There are those who are so painstaking in their attention to detail that it’s sometimes difficult to find the pumpkin.”
Categories and prizes are:
– Smallest ripe, $100
– Celebrity look-alike (under 16 years and over 16), $100
– Best decorated (under and over 16), $100
– Giant pumpkin under 50kg, $250
– Giant pumpkin 50-100kg: 1st prize $300, 2nd $150, 3rd $100
– Giant pumpkin over 100kg, 1st $1500; 2nd $500; 3rd $300
Readers can email or visit their NewsLocal newspaper office to collect an entry form.
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