Competitors head to York for giant pumpkin prize

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.