Pumpkin soup, bush-rangers and old fashion fun are just some of the things you can have at this unusual, and charming community-run festival which is in its 15th year, having first been held in the autumn of 2003.
Just before winter starts, this festival will be on again, and with the cooler weather, the taste of pumpkin soup and pumpkin scones sounds like a match made in heaven for the huge crowd that will once again squeeze into the village of Collector for this annual Pumpkin Festival.
Collector is not renowned for growing pumpkins, but for its fine wool, lambs, prime beef and of course, bush-rangers. But the residents of this historic village have taken passionately to the quirky pumpkin festival!
Each year, the community elects a team of volunteers to stage the festival with the focus on constantly improving the event. The pumpkins will be weighed the day before the event, and the winner announced.
The festival continues to be a hit and last year, it attracted almost thirteen thousand visitors to Collector (near Goulburn) to see the giant pumpkins and enjoy pumpkin scones and a cup of hot pumpkin soup.
The colourful festival celebrates rural life and the harvest season by using a unique pumpkin theme. It is a community-based event, run by volunteers with profits returned to the local community.
In 2018, the Collector Village Pumpkin Festival will feature over 100 stallholders, and many activities with the flavour of a traditional country fair full of simple fun, lots of colour and imagination.
The festival showcases local produce and the arts/craft community. Pumpkin-focused competitions are run each year ranging from the largest pumpkin to pumpkin themed baked items.
Their programme is huge and some of it follows, though it is just too lengthy to put everyone in this article - rest assured, this festival is a very worthwhile event.
In Brennan Street will be ATM
Hall - Collector Red Cross and CWA Devonshire Tea with Pumpkin Scones
Devonshire Tea with Pumpkin Scones
Hall - Cooking, carved and decorated pumpkins competitions
BBQ Collector Pot Black Club
Collector Village Pumpkin Soup
Collector Village Pumpkin Festival Information and Lost and Found
40 Gourmet Macarons and more
Here's the Coffee
Main Stage – FREE entertainment all day
Tiny Tots Pumpkin Patch
Collector 1st Scouts Group
Mini Haybale Maze
Temp Tattoos and Henna Collector
Bourke Street - North Side
Exotic Filled Candy & Licorice
Porters Produce/Fancy That Confectionery
Lily Anne Family Brands
Natures Socks Australia
Absolute Beautiful Decor
Bron`s Crafty Creations
In a Pickle
Pantastic Turkish Gozleme
And in Bourke Street (Southern Side)
GIANT PUMPKINS DISPLAY
Australian Pumpkin Seed Company
Strange World Carnivores
D & M Ice Cream
Nik Ink Handmade Jewellery
Fedra Olive Grove
Wombat Cards and Gifts
Spiral Spuds & Kurbside Kitchen
Robert Collectables and Bulbs
Collector Oval Area
Petting Zoo - FREE
Entertainment Cobb and Co Coach Rides - FREE
Montrose House and Berry Farm
Hot corn on the cob
Triple Treat Entertainment Facepainting Temp Tattoos and Henna Collector
Outback pony rides - FREE
Sheep Dog display by Downunder Working Dogs
Nullarbor Nights Knitwear
Soaps n Candles
Goulburn Patchwork Anglican Church - Quilt Display
Brie's Boo Teek
Goulburn Beekepers Club
Scarecrow Food Area
Tiandi Farm Organic Food Van
Le Petit Breton French Crepes
Capital Woodfired Pizza
Competition Hay Bale Maze
FREE Climbing Wall
FREE Emergency Services displays -Rescue Dogs, SES, Police, RFS Canberra and District Historic Engine Club
And so much more
The main interest is generally who has grown the largest pumpkin and last year this was won by Rick Downes, who had a 109.5 kg pumpkin in the Open Section, with the heaviest pumpkin in the junior section being won by the Foster Family, and weighing in at 85.5 kg.
This is always a family event with the children loving the day, and with plenty to entertain people of all ages.
There will be fresh produce and market stalls as well as food and coffee vendors who are always kept busy with a crowd of hungry visitors.
There will also be displays, or you can just chill out with a cup of tea or coffee, and the famous Collector scones in the Collector Memorial Hall.
President of the Collector Village Pumpkin Festival, Mr Gary Poile, said that he was very pleased that the festival continues to pull bigger crowds each year.
The Pumpkin Festival will be held on Sunday 6th May 2018, from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm and you can get more information at this website. Collector is a small village on the Federal Highway in NSW and is halfway between Goulburn and the ACT.