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Jacob du Plessis, the 2019 Giant Pumpkin Competition winner, with his 601.8 kg pumpkin

A giant pumpkin weighing 601.8kg wins

The competition crowned Jacob du Plessis, from Vyeboom in Villiersdorp, the 2019 champion at the ninth annual Giant Pumpkin Festival in Heidelberg at the weekend.

The pumpkin is weighing an astonishing 601.8 kg.

His monster pumpkin was just short of the current South African record of 613 kg, held by Peet Joubert of Centurion, Gauteng.

“It’s third time lucky! The furthest I have come in the competition before was in 2017 when I came fourth with a pumpkin of over 300 kg.

I knew my pumpkin was a contender for one of the top three places when it came out tops,” said du Plessis.

Second and third place went to husband and wife duo, Piet and Elizna Lotz from Riversdale, with pumpkins weighing 510.6 kg and 460.8 kg respectively.

I grew the winning pumpkin from the seeds harvested from one of last year’s biggest pumpkins at the Heidelberg Giant Pumpkin Competition, proudly sponsored by Shoprite and Checkers for the past nine years.

Along with the sought-after title of Champion of the 2019 Giant Pumpkin Competition, Du Plessis also received R17 500 in cash.

Second and third place received R8 000 and R4 000.

Shoprite sponsored prize money and Checkers awarded other prizes for the prettiest and ugliest pumpkins.

The two-day Pumpkin Festival is a one-of-a-kind event with a variety of stalls and activities for the entire family including an MTB race, trail run, golf competition, bowling competition, 4X4 challenge, potjiekos competition, funfair, and live music.

In keeping with Heidelberg’s strong community spirit, we will plough all proceeds from the festival back into the town.


Previous winners of this Giant Pumpkin Competition held annually in the Western Cape:

Year : 2018 –  Name:  Piet Lotz:   Pumpkin weight: 532,4 kg

Year: 2017 –   Name: Corné van Greunen:  Pumpkin weight: 519,5 kg

Year: 2016 –    Name: Louwrens van Deventer: Pumpkin weight; 373 kg

Year: 2015-   Name;   Pinkie Swart:  Pumpkin weight; 483,6 kg

Year; 2014-  Name: Pinkie Swart:    Pumpkin weight: 497,5 kg (SA record)

Year: 2013-  Name: Johan du Plessis: Pumpkin weight: 417,5 kg

Year: 2012 – Name: Henry du Plessis: Pumpkin weight: 390 kg



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