Kids get pumpkin patch in

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Young Queenstowners Adam McGreevy (left) and Benjamin Baker hope this little patch of land will soon be taken over by a monster pumpkin.

The pair of three-year-olds helped Happiness House gardening club members plant a giant pumpkin seed at an allotment beside the community organisation’s Park Street headquarters on Thursday.

When it ripens in March, the fruit could weigh in at more than 180kg.

A Wakatipu-wide competition has now sprouted amongst other green-fingered growers.

“People from Lake Hayes Estate to Closeburn are planting seeds too and in a few months’ time we’ll hold a day to judge who has grown the biggest pumpkin,” Happiness House boss Nicki Smith says.

“Although it’s for fun, we expect the contest to get pretty serious.”

The current world record for a pumpkin is 784.1kg set by a woman in Ohio in the United States last month.