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Oh my gourd! Huge pumpkin takes out competition

By Alana Christensen

A pumpkin weighing a whopping 254.4kg has smashed the competition to take out the Royal Queensland Show's Giant Pumpkin Competition.

Held on Saturday at the Brisbane Showgrounds, it was Minden's Tony Frohloff who took out top honours, reclaiming the Champion Heaviest Pumpkin of Show title he last won in 2017.

The top three was a Frohloff family affair, with Tony also taking out second place with a 210kg entry, while his dad, Geoff, came third with a 169.5kg pumpkin.

Success in the category runs in the family, Geoff still holds the all time record at the show after his 2015 entry weighed in at 261.5kg.

Tony said he might have smashed the record if it wasn’t for a case of surface rot.

“It was unfortunate I had to pick my pumpkin a week early because of rot,” he said

“If it was left on the vine for another week like planned, I might now be the record holder.

“I’m still happy with how big I managed to get the pumpkin considering the very dry growing conditions this year – some days I spent one-and-a-half hours watering it.”

Tony’s rein as pump-king was briefly brought to an end by neighbour Steven Fritz last year, who grew a 206kg monster.

Although he wasn’t able to enter this year, Mr Fritz instead coached his nine year old niece Kyla-Shaye Fritz to a win in the Youth class, with her gourd tipping the scales at 58.5kg.

The giant pumpkin competition is one of the show’s most iconic agricultural events, dating back to the very first show in 1876.