SHOW TOUR: Jim Baxter’s pumpkin took him to victories at the Stanthorpe and Warwick shows and a second at the Royal Queensland Show.
SHOW TOUR: Jim Baxter’s pumpkin took him to victories at the Stanthorpe and Warwick shows and a second at the Royal Queensland Show. Dane Lillingstone

Pumpkin takes Jim on big tour

JIM Baxter has continued his string of success with his giant pumpkins claiming, second at the Royal Queensland Show.

Last week, his 184kg pumpkin won second at the Royal Queensland Show’s Giant Pumpkin Competition in Ipswich.

The Summit man claimed wins at both the Stanthorpe and Warwick shows and said the Ekka got in contact with him about entering his prized pumpkins.

To top it off, Jim said it was not even his biggest pumpkin.

“I think I had a bigger one last year but for some reason it just went rotten. They’re a bit touchy like that,” he said.

“The guy that won was saying he reckoned he had a monster pumpkin over 300kg.”

Jim couldn’t top Minden’s Geoff Frohloff, with his 202kg pumpkin leading him to his third consecutive win at the Ekka.

Geoff’s pumpkin tipped the scales at just under a quarter of tonne to take out the title of Champion Heaviest Pumpkin of Show.

Amazingly, the pumpkin is the same one Jim entered in the Stanthorpe Show in January.

“It’s getting to be a pretty well travelled pumpkin, I’m surprised its lasted as long it has,” he said.

Jim will collect his pumpkin and hopes to use the seeds to create an even bigger monster next year and have a crack at winning the Ekka competition.

“Next year I’ll start a bit later and I’ll grow some for our Show and some for the Ekka,” he said.

“They’re pretty unreliable. You can plant six seeds from the same pumpkin and you’ll get six difference results. Its really a bit strange.”

The Giant Pumpkin Competition signals the countdown to Ekka with gates opening in just 90 days.

These heavyweights of the vegie patch will be on display at this year’s Ekka.

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