Each year my allotment site has a heaviest pumpkin competition. It’s only £2 to enter and is is a friendly bit of competition amongst the plot holders. Some plants fail, some pumpkins don’t grow and some people withdraw out of embarrassment.
Last year I came fourth with a 13kg pumpkin- I was chuffed even though there were only 5 pumpkins at the end. I was determined to grow one this year heavier than last year.
Last Saturday, a couple of days before Halloween we had the weigh in. 8 plot holders made it to the final hurdle -and with all the competitors wheeling their pumpkins up the site to the front gates there was a wheelbarrow convoy going on.
I took my luggage scales and a blue Ikea bag down as these would be easier than balancing them on the bathroom scales used last year.
Everyone was standing watching the weigh in – both plot holders and their families. Somehow I ended up having to lift and weigh them all. THis year with more entries the top four were up for a prize.
I came in fourth which means that I got my entry fee back. I’ve just finished the last bag of pumpkin puree from last year so I should now have enough to last till next Halloween.
The weights of the entries were
5th……. 14.75 Kilo
So I beat my weight for last year AND ended up with a place on the table- Well Chuffed.
The difference between fourth and fifth place