Lawrence Springborg's giant pumpkin at the Inglewood Show.
Lawrence Springborg's giant pumpkin at the Inglewood Show. MACINTYRE GAZETTE

Borg's big gourd a charity winner

TRANSPORTING local member Lawrence Springborg’s 304kg giant pumpkin from Inglewood to Brisbane this week would almost have required a wide load truck and a police escort.

The Borg told the Daily News his oversized veggie had been farmed out to the highest bidder, with many people keen to get in on the giant gourd action.

“My pumpkin has been taken to the Brisbane markets in Rocklea. They told me they would donate $500 to the charity of my choice in return for being able to display it,” Mr Springborg said.

“Then (tomorrow) is will be taken to Milton Fruit Bowl to be on display there for a few days, and they’ve also offered to give $500 to the charity of my choice, so I am donating the $1000 to the Royal Flying Doctor Service.”

Mr Springborg shrugged off the commotion which resulted from his claims of his pumpkin being the state’s largest, with others coming forward claiming they have pipped his efforts.

“That may be true; I’m not saying there hasn’t been a bigger pumpkin grown, I’m just going by what’s officially the record,” he said.

“If someone has grown bigger, that’s great – but why didn’t they get it officially recorded?”

Mr Springborg plans to cut his gourd with a chainsaw, using some for soup and save the seeds for his and other farmers’ future use.

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