The results of months of hard work raising and nurturing seeds into impressive pumpkins will be pitted against each other on Sunday as part of the annual Lower Kalgan Pumpkin Festival. Entrants will bring the fruits of their labour to be measured up against each other at Lower Kalgan Hall to see who has grown the biggest gourd in the open and children’s divisions. Festival coordinator Stacey Murnane said seeds would have been planted in September or October last year in preparation for a competitive but friendly contest. She said competitors were given some basic instructions and seeds from the winners of the previous contests to propagate their entries, but everyone had their own “remedies and recipes” for growing a winner. “Everyone has secrets,” she said. “Whether you put more of a certain nutrient at the beginning, middle or the end — everyone does it and nobody wants to tell anyone what they do.” She said it was also great to see the young children get involved in the process and bring their entries to the hall on festival day. “That’s the whole point, for the past three or four months they have all been out there checking on it, measuring it and watering it,” she said. As well as the high-stakes competition to grow the heaviest pumpkin, there is also a competition to make the best pumpkin soup and there will be plenty of refreshing tea to accompany pumpkin scones. Nearly 30 markets will be set up at the hall for the festival with many new faces set to feature among this year’s vendors. Local arts and crafts will also be on display and some food trucks will also be in attendance to supplement what is on offer from the hall’s kitchen. “It’s just a really nice community event,” Ms Murnane said. “Everybody gets to come and have a nice day because it’s a short event that’s easy to come out for.” The Lower Kalgan Pumpkin Festival runs from 9am to 1pm on Sunday at the Lower Kalgan Hall on Nanarup Road.