A MELBOURNE vegetable grower would not have taken out first prize in Moyhu Hotel’s giant pumpkin competition yesterday if he had to carry his entry into the hotel.
Phillip McCauley was pleased with his 175kg entry and the win.
“It’s not my largest but it was enough here on the day,” he said.
“Last year I grew one in a hot house that weighed in at 232 kg.”
Hotel owners Ian and Louise Muller, along with business partner Elizabeth Stagg who had the idea for the competition three years ago, were pleased with the nine entries.
They had a bit of a joke that Mr McCauley would not have won if one of the requirements was for participants to carry their entry in.
Other entries weighed 110 kg, another of Mr McCauley’s entries, and ranged from 30kg to 70kg.
Mr McCauley donated half of his $500 prizemoney to the Moyhu Primary School.
His key to success was the right amount of seaweed fertiliser and water.
Once the pumpkin grew to an average size Mr McCauley said it took another 90 days of growing to reach 175kg.