Region squashes title with giant pumpkin win at Ekka
FARMER Geoff Frohloff has squashed the competition at the Royal Queensland Show's (Ekka) Giant Pumpkin Competition with a massive 202kg pumpkin.
The Minden producer from the Lockyer Valley won his third consecutive title in Ipswich on Saturday, remaining king of the vegie patch.
His hefty haul tipped the scales to take out the title of Champion Heaviest Pumpkin of Show, 18kg mightier than second place.
Mr Frohloff said even though his pumpkin didn't pack on as many pounds as last year's 261.5kg, he was still thrilled with the result.
"We're had pretty poor growing conditions this year, it was too hot and humid, plus I lost half the vine to disease,'' he said.
"Winning three years in a row feels pretty good, a real feather in my cap,"
He said the secret to success was to grow them in brand new soil with fertilisers, organic material and plenty of water.
"They need lots of tender loving care and attention, you should treat them like you're looking after a baby,'' he said.
Mr Frohloff also won third place with his 168kg pumpkin, with Toowoomba's Jim Baxter slicing between the awards with a second place 184kg entry.
RNA Chief Executive Brendan Christou said the giant pumpkin competition was one of the show's most iconic events.
"The Ekka is all about celebrating and showcasing agriculture and this competition certainly does that.
"Horticulture dates back to the first show held in 1876 and pumpkins have always played an important role in competitions and displays during the show."
The Giant Pumpkin Competition signals the countdown to the Ekka, with the pumpkins on display in the Agricultural Hall Exhibit.
For more information head to ekka.com.au.