FIERCE COMPETITION: A total of almost 600 people competed in The Great Australian Pumpkin Roll on Sunday.
FIERCE COMPETITION: A total of almost 600 people competed in The Great Australian Pumpkin Roll on Sunday. Contributed

Large crowd rolls in for Pumpkin Festival

STUNNING autumn weather helped draw a crowd of about 15,000 to the Goomeri Pumpkin Festival on Sunday, where all things orange were celebrated, eaten, thrown, rolled and sold.

Goomeri is usually a peaceful stop-off on the grey nomad trail but once a year it turns into a tourism mecca for all ages and from all parts of the state.

Mackay residents Raine Pershouse and Fay Rae visited as part of a bus trip with the Older Women's Network.

"It's been a beautiful day and it is very well organised," Ms Rae said.

"We've had pumpkin soup and the pumpkin scones and they were all beautiful."

"But I don't think our luggage will allow us to bring any home."

Brisbane residents Carol and Alicia Wilson said missing the event was not an option.

"We went to one a couple of years ago and it was so awesome, we had to come back again," Carol said.

Co-ordinator Tricia McArthur, who had lost her voice by yesterday, said the event was a huge success and a welcome boost to the local economy.

With great prize money up for grabs in The Great Australian Pumpkin Roll, there were plenty of contenders at the top of Policeman's Hill; 187 entrants in the juvenile event (taken out by Oliver Westbury of Gundiah) and 370 in the adult event, won by Gympie man James Adamson.

The Goomeri Pumpkin Festival has gone from strength to strength since its inception in 1997, to the extent where it has received state, national and international recognition.

It has expanded over the years to include many more pumpkin-based competitions, including pumpkin bowls, decorated pumpkins, the giant pumpkin competition, the pumpkin pull, pumpkin pageant and the pumpkin power shot put, just to name a few.

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