Tumut pumpkin a Blue Ribbon beast

Mark Peacock and family after they won the blue ribbon with their prize winning 412kg Tormund Pumpkin at the Royal Easter Show in Sydney last week. PHOTO Supplied

TUMUT has a new icon to go along with all the others with Mark Peacock’s giant pumpkin, which, weighing in a staggering 412kg, won a prestige Blue Ribbon at the Royal Easter Show in Sydney last week.

The Show officially got underway on Friday, and amazed onlookers will be checking it out until it ends on Tuesday April 2.  

The pumpkin, named Tormund, was awarded the Blue Ribbon after the weigh-off on Wednesday, rewarding Mark and his family for their expertise in growing it and local friends for helping transport the orange monster up to Sydney. Mark himself didn’t make it to the show, but he was pretty happy to get the news.

“I was stoked: we knew we had a decent entry but it’s nice to see the outcome after all the hard work,” he said.

“I expect all my friends will be sending me selfies with their reactions to it. The response locally has been fantastic, it’s pretty cool to see so much interest from the community.”

His family’s input into growing Tormund has been crucial so he is happy for them. 

“They have been so supportive along the way so it’s definitely been a team effort; we all are just relieved it made the trip and gets to be seen by the show goers!” he said.

The question is, what shall the ultimate fate of the pumpkin be? Rest assured you haven’t seen the last of it, or others like it.

It will be on display at the show for the duration, after which Mark will go and collect it and hopefully have it on display in Tumut (likely Mitre 10) for a few days so everyone can come and see it.

“After that we have plans to save the seeds,” he said.

“We will think of something hilarious to do with it….maybe someone can paddle it down the river.”

This pumpkin has easily exceeded Mark’s previous record and his target of 340kg.

There will be a sequel to Tormund, and with the experience and knowledge gained it might even be more massive. 

“I already have plans to do it all again next season!” Mark said

“There are lots of improvements still to make to try to go bigger….lets see.”

The pumpkin plant started growing in November last year, and the fruit was pollinated in early January.

Mark previously explained to the Tumut and Adelong Times how he grew the giant beast.

“It all starts with a high-quality seed with favorable genetics for size,” he said. 

“The best variety is the Atlantic Giant (Curcurbita maxima). We set aside a large space, built an irrigation system and grew a plant with enormous leaf area during Spring. When the day length was at its peak (and the plant was producing maximum energy) we pollinated a pumpkin. From then the fruit has really done the rest.

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