Grandmother Daph Pullen with a pumpkin she is entering in this weekend’s Killarney Show.
Grandmother Daph Pullen with a pumpkin she is entering in this weekend’s Killarney Show. Toni Somes

Pumpkin pushin' for prize

KILLARNEY grandmother Daphne Pullen is looking forward to seeing how her home-grown pumpkins compare at this year’s Killarney Show.

She said she was puzzled last show season when furore broke out over whether local member Lawrence Springborg had broken records with his giant pumpkin at the Inglewood Show.

“At first I couldn’t see what all the fuss was about,” she explained.

“Then I realised it was really funny.”

The Killarney resident sent away to Melbourne for some “special” pumpkin seeds and last October set about creating her own entry for the giant vegetable category at Killarney Show.

Rain and unseasonal weather conditions have hampered the growth, but Mrs Pullen reckons her effort will carry weight.

“Some lark asked me if I was going to have to roll my pumpkin down the hill to the showgrounds,” she laughed.

“But I told them no way ... Killarney Co-op was coming up with their forklift to give me a hand.

“And then Wickhams Freight are going to truck it over.

“It really is just silly fun, maybe there isn’t even a category for giant pumpkins.”

Giant vegetables will be just one of the attractions today, as the Killarney Show launches into full swing.

Killarney Show Society secretary Jamie Mackenzie said preparations had gone seamlessly.

“Months of planning have gone into the 2011 Killarney Show, and the locals are coming out in force to help at the last minute,” he said.

“The volunteers have been great with general things like fencing, helping in the pavilion with exhibits and financially helping, too.”

Mr Mackenzie said show society members had their eyes trained to the sky, but were staying optimistic about the weekend’s weather.

“I think Killarney has had enough of the bad weather and we are hoping for lots of sunshine this weekend,” he said.

“I think we’re likely to get it, too.”


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