IT HASN'T been easy to grow an award-winning pumpkin but that is what some hopeful vegie growers are doing, as we go to print.
The Kyogle Pumpkin Festival is back by popular demand, after the inaugural competition last year.
The Big Pumpkin growers are now preparing for the weigh-in.
It will be held at the showground on March 16.
The organisers are expecting a select group of growers to show off their second attempts at growing giant pumpkins.
This year seeds were again donated by Tidge Knight from his prize-winning pumpkins.
Seeds were germinated by Chris Pike, a Kyogle horticulturist.
Since seedlings were sown in October, growers have battled floods, late setting fruit, mould from high humidity and all manner of creatures to try and be the winner on the day.
A growers meeting was useful for resolving problems growers faced.
Secrets and tips were shared, as part of this fun project, which aims to raise funds for maintenance of the showground and to provide locals with an opportunity to enjoy the fun of vegetable growing.
There will also be a carving competition, which is back by popular request.
Carving and dressing pumpkins of any type is encouraged and all children will receive a certificate for their participation.
Prize money is available for the winners in the Big Pumpkin competition, as well as for the carving and dressing competitions.
Vintage engines will also be a feature of the festival this year.
Children will be particularly interested in seeing how engines worked in the days before computers.
Growers of pumpkins of any kind and growers of hay are welcome to bring their products along to sell to the public.
To book in, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0419 600 848 and leave a message.
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