The pressure is on as we are set for another world record breaker! Each year we have the pleasure of sponsoring Autumn Pumpkin Festival taking place in Southampton on 11th October 2014. If the UK world record is broken, we offer the winning grower a £1,000 award! But, if they break a World record, they are awarded with a grand prize of £10,000! Who wouldn’t want to give it a go?
Event organisers, Ian and Stuart Paton, hold numerous records for the biggest pumpkin. Unfortunately their reign was stolen last year by Mark Baggs with a winning pumpkin weighing an astonishing 1,520lbs.
2013, 1,520lb prize-winning pumpkin.
However, not to be beaten Ian and Stuart have put all their efforts into growing another mammoth pumpkin. At its peak this pumpkin is growing 39lb each day! With only one week to go the pressure is on, will they break the world record? You will have to wait and
Watering in the freshly sown seed
On Monday, our New Product Development Manager, Michael Perry helped to sow Thompson & Morgan’s €200.00 giant pumpkin seed.
This seed comes from a new world record pumpkin, which was weighed in last autumn (2012) at 2009lbs. The pumpkin was a hybrid raised by Ron Wallace of Greene, Rhode Island and was weighed in at the Topsfield Fair in the USA.
For more information on the seed and how Thompson & Morgan acquired it, see our earlier world record breaking pumpkin seed post.
With the help of a range of experts, Thompson & Morgan hope to challenge the UK record, which stands at 1504lbs.
Our hopes for a record breaking pumpkin
You can keep up to date with progress on how the T&M giant pumpkin seed is developing on Twitter following @TMGiantPumpkin and joining in the conversation using #giantpumpkin.
Don’t forget our Competition
Do you think you can grow a record-breaking pumpkin? You’ll be in with a chance of winning £10,000 if you break the world record! To enter into the competition, you will need to present your giant pumpkin at the Autumn Pumpkin Festival in Southampton on Saturday 12th October 2013. See the Pumpkin competition terms and conditions.