This was a Ferrari before the clock struck midnight
Parkview Garden Centre co-owner Jared Owen is pictured above in his gutted-out giant pumpkin. After months of pumpkins being nurtured around the district, growers received the disappointing news the Bushmere Arms Giant Pumpkin Festival had been cancelled just days out from the event.
Jared does not enter his pumpkins into the competition but grows one every year to support the festival and the Gisborne East Coast Cancer Society.
“Every year the pumpkins are getting bigger and bigger, so it would have been interesting to see if any others got as big as my pumpkin,” he said.
“Now I have 550 kilograms (estimated size) of pumpkin compost in my garden.” Jared provides the seeds for the annual competition and says next year’s will be available from October.
“I think the seed packs this coming season will include a plant as well.” Jared usually plants his giant pumpkin seed in early October to give the plant time to fill his pumpkin patch, which measures 9x9 metres.
“You can happily plant one up until Christmas and still have a good-sized pumpkin at competition time.”
Jared has received a few suggestions on what he could do with what remains of his pumpkin, including a hot tub and a dodgem. He thought maybe he could turn it into a boat.