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Competitors head to York for giant pumpkin prize

A giant pumpkin
A giant pumpkin Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Growers of giant pumpkins from across the UK are expected in York today with the hope of claiming the UK's biggest cash prize in pumpkin growing.

The annual week long Halloween festival opens at York Maze with a competition to find the UK's biggest pumpkin.

"This is the second year we have offered the UK's biggest prize of £2000 for the UK's biggest pumpkin," said Tom Pearcy from York Maze.

"Last year the Paton Brothers came close to breaking their own UK record set in 2010 at 1,504lb (682kg). Their 2012 pumpkin weighed in at 1,160lb (526kg). It was the biggest in the UK that year but it wasn't enough to set a new UK record."

Anyone who sets a new UK pumpkin record at the York Maze Halloween event will win £2000. If the record isn't broken the heaviest pumpkin on display at York Maze will win £500, with £50 for the second and third places.

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Spalding Pumpkin Parade

With just a few weeks to go until Halloween, a town in Lincolnshire is gearing up for its annual Pumpkin Parade.

Around ten thousand people are expected to descend on Spalding later as part of its 13th Pumpkin Festival. And as Kate Hemingway reports it's been a bumper year for the crop.

Flooding causes problems for pumpkins

We have already seen the financial problems being faced by many firms in flood hit areas this week, but the bad weather over the last few months is causing real problems for one unusual crop that's grown in Lincolnshire.

The county's only pumpkin grower in Spalding says his yield is down by a fifth this year, which is expected to have a huge effect on him financially.

Rain hits pumpkin harvest in Lincolnshire

David Bowman
David Bowman's pumpkin crop is suffering Credit: Calendar

Lincolnshire's only pumpkin farmer says he's likely to have 20 percent fewer pumpkins this year than usual as a result of the heavy rain and poor summer.

David Bowman in Spalding is the biggest producer of pumpkins in Europe, growing on average around three million a year. This year they are much smaller than normal though and have not turned orange as early as usual.

Pumpkins
David Bowman's pumpkins are smaller this year due to the heavy rain Credit: Calendar

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