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21st Autumn Pumpkin Festival

The 21st Jubilee Sailing Trust Autumn Pumpkin Festival was held in the Royal Victoria Park, Netley, Hampshire, on Saturday 12 October 2019, an excessively wet day.

Although several growers were happy to have broken their personal bests, no records were broken.  Twins Ian and Stuart Paton, of Lymington, who had successfully achieved new British records in 2017 and 2018, were the winners again, but failed to achieve the 2433.9 lbs which their 2018 winner weighed.

There were also a smaller number of giant marrows, which are said to take only six weeks to reach their massive size.

Update:¬†On 5 October 2021 the Jubilee Sailing Trust announced that their pumpkin festival¬† was ‘no more’, but giant pumpkins, marrows, squashes, etc. would be weighed at Sunnyfields Farm, Totton, on Saturday 9 October.

Updated 5 September 2022.

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