Dwellingup Pumpkin Festival ready to wow crowds again this Easter long weekend

The Dwellingup Pumpkin Festival is on again this Easter long weekend and the competition is already heating up as another round of contenders look to take home the crown for the great pumpkin title.

Now a favourite on West Australian's calendars, the Dwellingup Primary School P&C fundraiser has been running for more than 20 years.

No doubt the most exciting part of the festival is the giant pumpkin competition with gardeners and farmers growing their prized pumpkins for years in the hope of being named the winner.

Last year's winner beat the state record held by Albany resident Ron Wilson for 16 years.

Crowds were in awe of Robert Giumelli's 361 kilogram pumpkin that came in first place.

Among the huge vegetables is also plenty of entertainment and other local produce to enjoy at the festival.

There will be three live bands playing music throughout the day as well as a teenage busking competition, over 100 market stalls to browse, a petting zoo, circus acts, mini golf, laser tag, face painting, a bouncy castle and camel and pony rides for the kids.

There will of course be plenty of food on offer from 10 different food vans as well as from the P&C Pumpkin Cafe who will be serving up pumpkin soup and pumpkin scones, sausage sizzles and burgers.

The Easter Saturday festival has drawn in record numbers recently with more than 11,000 people attending in the last two years, making it one of the largest single-day events of its kind in the Peel region.

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Dwellingup Primary School P&C president and event organiser Warren Haugh is hoping it will the biggest and best one yet.

"It's about the family coming up here and having a really good day out, it's affordable and it's fun," he said.

"It's a family day out and we're really proud of that - that's what we've built the festival on."

Mr Haugh said he is looking forward to the main event in which the winner will take home $1200 in prize money for the heaviest pumpkin.

"I have seen a couple of good 250kg plus ones but I haven't seen anything that's up around the record one last year but that doesn't mean to say they aren't out there," he said.

"If I listened to every pumpkin grower there was, we wouldn't have any because apparently they're all dead.

"I know for a fact they aren't all dead, they've just got them all hidden away."

The Dwellingup Pumpkin Festival will be held at Dwellingup Primary School on April 20 from 10am-4pm with the official presentation ceremony at 2.30pm.

Due to the high numbers of crowds expected, the town oval will be opened as an extra carpark on the day and there will be four entry points into the festival.

Entry is by gold coin donation with all money raised going towards education at the school.

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