Ashley's whopper wins

Last updated 05:00 19/04/2014
Ashley Jordan
THE BIGGEST: Ashley Jordan of Albany with his record breaking giant pumpkin.

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Ashley Jordan, 12, of Albany is the grand national winner in Mitre 10's Easy As for Kids BIG Pumpkin Competition and has narrowly claimed the competition record by just 400 grams.

Weighing in at an astonishing 124.4kg, Ashley's pumpkin was just 400g heavier than last year's 124kg winner grown in Ashburton by 12-year-old Taylor McKenzie.

Vying for the top title against almost 300 other pumpkins, Ashley's monster was the clear winner at the April 5 weigh-in held at Mitre 10 and Mitre 10 Mega stores across the country. His pumpkin weighed in at 7kg heavier than the second place pumpkin, which was grown in Cambridge and recorded a weight of 117.5kg. The third heaviest pumpkin was recorded in Napier at 116kg.

Ashley used a secret ingredient to grow his pumpkin to its gigantic size, but was tight lipped on what this was as he hoped to keep growing giant pumpkins.

Mitre 10 Mega Albany general manager Luke Stock says he got quite a shock when Ashley arrived for the weigh-in.

"We were taken aback when Ashley turned up with his pumpkin. It was huge. We hadn't expected anything quite so big. It took four of us to carry it inside.

"He definitely did a great job. We're thrilled he won and hope he'll keep up his gardening."

The national competition, now in its second year, was launched in October 2013.

Children aged 5 to 12 were asked to plant pumpkin seeds and care for them until pumpkin harvest time in April. Each Mitre 10 Mega store throughout the country and seven Mitre 10 stores ran the competition.

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