Pump-king still reigns supreme

Geoff and Tony Frohloff moving Tony’s Queensland record 365kg pumpkin for weighing on 16 January. Picture: JACOB HAYDEN

Tony Frohloff thought he was in trouble.

The Minden pumpkin grower broke the Queensland record for heaviest pumpkin with a 365kg pumpkin on 16 January, but when he arrived at the Brisbane Showgrounds on 9 March he thought he was about to be beat.

Toowoomba’s Downlands College smashed the long-standing Ekka record by over 100kg to take out top honours at the Royal Queensland Show’s iconic Giant Pumpkin Competition.

The College’s 368.5kg entry took out Champion Heaviest Pumpkin of Show and Heaviest Pumpkin – Youth Class.

It’s the second time in the competition’s history that a school has managed to edge out veteran growers in the Open Class category, after Downlands College won the title of Champion Heaviest Pumpkin of Show last year for the first time.

Due to a technicality, Mr Frohloff still holds onto the Queensland record.

“They only put it on the scale down there with the pallet and told everyone what it should weigh without the pallet,” Mr Frohloff said.

“It’s not official because they still had the mat under it.

“That mat they had under it was like 5kg or something.”

Mr Frohloff said he was surprised by the College’s mega pumpkin.

“I was thinking ‘it’s going to come pretty close to my Queensland record’, looking at it before they weighed it,” he said.

“It was definitely impressive.”

Mr Frohloff and his father Geoff took their own pumpkins to the Ekka competition, winning 3rd place with 155kg and 1st with 259kg.

Second place was won by Jim Baxter with a 164.5kg pumpkin.

“He’s an old retired teacher who comes from Stanthorpe, he’s been up here a few times competing,” Mr Frohloff said.