Pumpkins on parade

A more than 45-kilogram pumpkin has won top honours Raglan’s Crop Swap’s annual Pumpkin Festival. 

The Hartstone and Herbert family’s pumpkin was the pride of the festival, weighing in at 46.8 kg.

Held at the Raglan Bowling Club, locals pitted pumpkin against pumpkin in the highly contested weight, smallest circumference, unusual and scariest categories.

A large turnout gathered to appraise the humble squash in all shapes and sizes, and taste-tested the various sweet and savoury pumpkin delights.

Crop Swap has run the festival for three years, and continue to meet every first and third Sunday of the month at the Raglan Bowling Club starting at 9.30am.

Bringing together backyard gardeners, home bakers and food foragers for swapping and sharing high quality local food on a regular basis, Crop Swap is a great way to share surplus produce.

As well as sharing the garden abundance, there is also the sharing of garden wisdom from members with many years’ experience getting the best from their plot.