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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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