As a first-timer at the Easter show, I was astounded by how huge this event is. It's not only for entertainment, but it is also informative and educational about agriculture. It's where you'll find the real heroes of our time, not in capes, but in boots and cowboy hats - our farmers.
I was taken aback by the creative display of fresh produce inside the Woolworths dome. I loved all the free food samples in the Woolworths Dome, my favourite being triple cream blueberry and cashew cream cheese, grilled barramundi and Ambrosia apples which are a new variety.
But the oversized pumpkins were the highlight of the show for me.
Fresh produce display at Woolworths dome. Image by Hailey Catacutan.
I thought the pumpkins in the vegetable displays were big, but even more amazing were the winners of The Great Backyard Pumpkin Challenge. The biggest one weighed 72.5 kg! That weighs more than me!
Imagine how many pies you can make with just one pumpkin? You could feed an entire community.
The great backyard pumpkin challenge winner at the Easter show. Image by Hailey Catacutan.
Alongside the pumpkins is the scarecrow competition. These are created by both adults and kids. It featured designs inspired by COVID-19, a police officer and Frida Kahlo, which was my favourite.
I guess to grow a humongous pumpkin, you need an eerie scarecrow to watch over it.
Scarecrow competition winners. Image by Hailey Catacutan.
Your pumpkin article revived childhood memories for me Hailey. My father was a market gardener and among other things he grew pumpkins. As they were sold by weight, my job was to weigh each one and with a nail scratch the weight into the skin. Fortunately they were not as big as the ones in your article.