UPDATE
This list was put together before the worldwide Coronavirus pandemic.  Every event after the 15th of March has or most likely be cancelled.

I’ve put together a list of all the 2020 giant pumpkin events (or events that have a giant pumpkin competition within them) from around the country. This year I’ve decided to list them in alphabetical order of the location. Let me know if you prefer this, or in the order of the date of the event.

Also let me know if you know of an event I do not have listed below, and if you see me at an event come say hi.

Bushmere Arms Giant Pumpkin

Date
29th March 2020

Location
Bushmere Arms, Gisborne

Bushmere Arms Giant Pumpkin Event Map

Notes
One of the longest running events in the country, lots of activities to do all while raising money.

More Information
Bushmere Arms Website

Kuaotunu Pumpkin and Harvest Festival

Date
29th March 2020

Location
Kuaotunu Sports Domain (on State Highway 25 by the playground and tennis courts)

More Information
This great festival at Kuaotunu near Whitianga is a great family event that helps with fundraising for the Kuaotunu Rudolph Steiner Kindergarten.

Giant pumpkin weigh in 11.30am
Prize giving at 2pm

Kuaotunu Pumpkin and Harvest Festival Info Page

Kumeu A&P Show

Date
14th March 2020

Location
Kumeu Showgrounds

Kumeu A&P Show Giant Pumpkin Event Map

Notes
This is a really big A&P show with a lot of things to see and do. For me this is the best example of a pumpkin event within a larger event, it’s run really well, has some great pumpkins. I’ve been a couple of times and will be going to this event this season.

More Information
Kumeu Show Website

Little River Country Bumpkin

Date
26th April 2020

Location
Little River

Little River Giant Pumpkin Event Map

Notes
The festival aims to be a family fun-filled afternoon in a stunning country setting. Entertainment including music and dance, competitions (such as childrens races, gumboot throwing, bottle stalls and chocolate wheels), country stalls and sideshows, food – especially the famous Little River Pumpkin Soup – and of course some amazing pumpkins.

More Information
Little River Country Bumpkin Giant Pumpkin Festival

Mitre10 New Plymouth – Big Pumpkin Weigh In

Date
29th March 2020

Location
Mitre10 New Plymouth

Notes
Once held all over the country, it now appears it is up to each Mitre10 store if they are going to run a giant pumpkin event. This is the only prominent one I can find advertising for. Prizes for the heaviest, best dressed and the ugliest.

More Information
Mitre10 New Plymouth – Big Pumpkin Weigh In Website

Marton Harvest Festival

Date
29th March 2020

Location
Marton

Marton Harvest Festival Giant Pumpkin Event Map

Notes
The Marton Harvest Festival is on again. Come and celebrate the harvest season in true country fashion. With over 160 quality stalls, food, music and fun. A day to bring the family, join your friends and neighbours and celebrate our history and our harvest.

More Information
Marton Harvest Festival Website

Rai Valley A&P Show

Date
7th March 2020

Location
Located between Nelson and Blenheim off of SH6.

Rai Valley Giant Pumpkin Event Map

Notes
Giant pumpkin judging will take place at 10:30am.

More Information
Rai Valley A&P Show Website

South Otago A&P Show

Date
26th April 2020

Location
South Otago

South Otago A&P Show Giant Pumpkin Event Map

Notes

More Information
South Otago A&P Show Website

Tamahere School

Date
4th April 20020

Location
Tamahere

Tamahere School Giant Pumpkin Event Map

Notes
The biggest fund raising night for Tamahere school, lots of activities for kids to take part in. Utilising a great ticket system for everything.

More Information
Tamahere School Website

Te Kowhai School Harvest Festival

Date
20th March 2020

Location
Te Kowhai School

Te Kowhai School Giant Pumpkin Event Map

Notes
A great school event I’ve been to a couple of times now as a guest judge. Lot of things for the kids to do at this event and a real community event with a lot of great decorated pumpkins.

More Information
Te Kowhai School Website

The Great Pumpkin Carnival

Date
29th March 2020

Location
Hamilton Gardens
Governors Green <— NEW LOCATION

Notes
The biggest pumpkin event in the country of which I’ve been to every single year it has been run. The only GPC weigh off site in the country and home of the heaviest pumpkin ever weighed in the Southern Hemisphere.

More Information
The Great Pumpkin Carnival Website

Wanaka A&P Show

Date
14th March 2020

Location
Wanaka Recreational Reserve

Wanaka A&P Show Giant Pumpkin Event

Notes
Another A&P show that has pumpkins as part of it’s produce you can enter competitions. Most A&P shows have something for pumpkins, it pays to check on what you can enter.

More Information
Wanaka A&P Show Website

 

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