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This bull-sized pumpkin weighs a whopping 790kg!

The Goliat van Gat Pumpkin Festival has become a bit of a beauty pageant for monster-sized pumpkins. This year’s winner was a pumpkin called Johanna, clocking the scale at a whopping 790kg!

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In farming, it is not strange to have a bull weighing in at 800kg. Their muscular characteristics assist them in fighting for domination over a herd, giving the winner superior access to cows for reproduction. A pumpkin of 790kg, however, is unheard of.

To everyone’s surprise, a pumpkin weighing a hefty 790kg was awarded at the recent Goliat van Gat Pumpkin Festival. Held at Silverton in Pretoria, this year’s festival clocked more than 20 pumpkin entries weighing a combined 3 234kg.

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Pumpkins for a worthy cause

Organised by the Cullinan farmers’ union, this festival is much more than just a beauty pageant for pumpkins. All the pumpkins weighed in were donated to various charities that dispersed the pumpkins to people in and around Pretoria.

The winning pumpkin queen was a beaut named Johanna. Johanna was grown to a whopping 790kg by Wykus Lamprecht who won the annual prize for biggest pumpkin at the festival.

Johanna is clearly a size queen, being 226kg heavier than the previous record-holder.

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Oupoot, Lamprecht’s previous biggest pumpkin from 2020, weighed “a mere” 245kg.

Johanna was cultivated in Lamprecht’s backyard, which he claims is more than enough space to grow a prize-winning pumpkin. It took more than five months, 160 days to be exact, to coax Johanna to her eventual size.

Apparently pumpkins need a lot of coaxing and pampering. Johanna was regularly swaddled in blankets to stop her from ripening too soon, and fans were placed around her to chase away any pesky insects and pests.

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Janru Reyneke is only seven years old, but he’s already a serious contender at the annual Goliat van Gat Pumpkin Festival. His pumpkin weighed 104kg. Photo: Supplied/Food For Mzansi
Janru Reyneke is only seven years old, but he’s already a serious contender at the annual Goliat van Gat Pumpkin Festival. His pumpkin weighed 104kg. Photo: Supplied/Food For Mzansi

It eventually took ten people to get this prize-winning pumpkin to the Pretoria farmers’ market in one piece and in the nick of time to get weighed.

In the second place was Peet Joubert from Centurion with his 532kg pumpkin while Lizzie Lamprecht from Meyerton came third with her 399kg winter squash.

There was also a separate competition for farmers under 16. Janru Reyneke from Sinoville in Pretoria won this category with his 104kg pumpkin.

By the way, if you thought that Lamprecht’s 790kg pumpkin should hold a world record, you’d be mistaken.

The biggest pumpkin ever weighed clocked 1 190.49kg on the scale. It was grown by Belgian Mathias Willemijns for an Atlantic giant grown in 2016.

In 2016, Belgian Mathias Willemijns  set the world record with his pumpkin weighing a hefty 1 190.49kg. Willemijns claimed the record at the Giant Pumpkin European Championship in Ludwigsburg, Germany. Photo: Supplied/Food For Mzansi
In 2016, Belgian Mathias Willemijns set the world record with his pumpkin weighing a hefty 1 190.49kg. Willemijns claimed the record at the Giant Pumpkin European Championship in Ludwigsburg, Germany. Photo: Supplied/Food For Mzansi
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Dona Van Eeden
Dona Van Eeden
Dona van Eeden is a budding writer and journalist, starting her career as an intern at Food for Mzansi. Furnished with a deep love and understanding of environmental systems and sustainable development, she aims to make the world a better place however she can. In her free time you can find her with her nose in a book or wandering on a mountain, looking at the world through her camera's viewfinder.
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