Lauren Robinson and Sophie and Kaitlin Ardrey at the Goomeri Pumpkin Festival.
Lauren Robinson and Sophie and Kaitlin Ardrey at the Goomeri Pumpkin Festival.

Goomeri goes pumpkins

WITH as many people as last year at the Goomeri Pumpkin Festival on Sunday, organisers say it's the free fun that keeps people coming back every year.

Committee member Glenda Harch said there would have been at least 15,000 visitors in Goomeri for the festival.

"It was a really great day. People turned up early and really enjoyed themselves," she said.

Ms Harch said people liked coming up to the country town for the day.

"It's a good drive. People can come out for a good family day and have a lot of fun," she said.

"It's just as much fun watching as participating and it's free entry. You can spend as little or much as you like."

This year the $1000 lucky spot did not go off in the Great Australian Pumpkin Roll.

Competitor Kelly Larter from Brisbane took out the open prize and $350 in the roll and first place in the junior section was won by Rachael Wallace from Murgon. She took home $100.

Goomeri's Col Smith won the giant pumpkin prize.

Meanwhile in the Pumpkin Power Shot Put, Lachlan Gilbert won the open men's competition and Tina McCarthy won the open women's.

The junior contest was well defended by last year's champion Rohan Cruickshank, from Brisbane, who won it again.

Ms Harch said Kevin Glover won the $1000 raffle.

"A number of volunteers worked for many hours to make sure the festival happened. It is organised and run by volunteers."

The full day of action saw pumpkin bowls, a pumpkin pageant, bands and a whole lot more great entertainment.

After covering costs organisers would donate money back into the community.

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