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‘Monster’ 45-stone pumpkin battles for giant veg prize

Richard Mann with his winning giant pumpkin weighing 291.7 kilos, the scooped 1st prize in the pumpkin category of Giant Vegetable competition at the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show in Yorkshire. PA Photo. Picture date: Friday September 13, 2019. Staged at the Great Yorkshire Showground the Harrogate Flower Show is Britain's premier autumn gardening event. The show features over 5,000 beautiful autumn blooms in Britain's biggest exhibition by specialist gardening groups and a world-famous giant vegetable competition. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Richard Mann with his winning giant pumpkin weighing a whopping 291.7 kilos at the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show in Yorkshire (Picture: Danny Lawson/PA)

Today marks the start of the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show- and in true British fashion it kicked off with its famous giant vegetable competition.

The annual tradition sees gardeners from across the country vie for the top price in categories including longest cucumber and heaviest cabbage.

This year heavyweight contenders included a 45-stone pumpkin and a cabbage so large it had to be carted in on a wheelbarrow.

Other vegetables had to be manhandled onto the scales by teams of up to four people they weighed so much.

Posting on Twitter, organisers of the event said some veg was so heavy it ‘busted the scales’, requiring an engineer to intervene.

The engineer arrived at the scene before a ‘monster’ pumpkin weighing a whopping 291.7kg (45 stone) could be measured.

Here’s a look at some of the biggest and best veg from this year’s giant vegetable competition 

Richard Mann with his winning giant pumpkin weighing 291.7 kilos, the scooped 1st prize in the pumpkin category of Giant Vegetable competition at the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show in Yorkshire. PA Photo. Picture date: Friday September 13, 2019. Staged at the Great Yorkshire Showground the Harrogate Flower Show is Britain's premier autumn gardening event. The show features over 5,000 beautiful autumn blooms in Britain's biggest exhibition by specialist gardening groups and a world-famous giant vegetable competition. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

The first place pumpkin was as heavy as three people and weighs 45 stone (Picture: Dannt Lawson/PA)

Graham Barratt with his winning giant cucumber that is 920mm long, after he scooped 1st prize in the cucumber category of Giant Vegetable competition at the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show in Yorkshire. PA Photo. Picture date: Friday September 13, 2019. Staged at the Great Yorkshire Showground the Harrogate Flower Show is Britain's premier autumn gardening event. The show features over 5,000 beautiful autumn blooms in Britain's biggest exhibition by specialist gardening groups and a world-famous giant vegetable competition. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Graham Barratt with his winning giant cucumber that is 920mm long (Picture: Danny Lawson/PA)

HARROGATE, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 13: Laura and Chris Marriott pose during a press photo call with their winning carrot at 3.8kg and Beetroot at 17.840kg following judging for the giant vegetable competition at the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show on September 13, 2019 in Harrogate, England. The UKs premier Autumn gardening show is taking place at the Great Yorkshire Showground this weekend with up to 40,000 visitors expected to attend the 3-day event. The centre piece for the show will be the Back to the Future floral display that aims to capture the essence of Newby Hall and Gardens which will become the new home of the Autumn Flower Show in 2020. Harrogate Flower Shows are organised twice a year by the North of England Horticultural Society, a leading gardening charity set up in 1911 to promote horticulture across the north. The 2019 event will be the 44th Autumn show, which was originally held in the towns Valley Gardens, before moving to the Exhibition Halls in 1983 and the Great Yorkshire Showground in 1995 (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

Laura and Chris Marriott pose with their winning carrot at 3.8kg and Beetroot at 17.840kg (Picture: Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

Craig Pearson with his winning giant cabbage weighing 27.4 kilos, after he scooped 1st prize in the cabbage category of Giant Vegetable competition at the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show in Yorkshire. PA Photo. Picture date: Friday September 13, 2019. Staged at the Great Yorkshire Showground the Harrogate Flower Show is Britain's premier autumn gardening event. The show features over 5,000 beautiful autumn blooms in Britain's biggest exhibition by specialist gardening groups and a world-famous giant vegetable competition. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Craig Pearson with his winning 27.4 kilo cabbage  (Picture: Danny Lawson/PA)

Craig Pearson with his winning giant cabbage weighing 27.4 kilos, after he scooped 1st prize in the cabbage category of Giant Vegetable competition at the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show in Yorkshire. PA Photo. Picture date: Friday September 13, 2019. Staged at the Great Yorkshire Showground the Harrogate Flower Show is Britain's premier autumn gardening event. The show features over 5,000 beautiful autumn blooms in Britain's biggest exhibition by specialist gardening groups and a world-famous giant vegetable competition. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

The cabbage was so heavy he had to cart it in on a wheelbarrow (Picture: Danny Lawson/PA)

A giant pumpkin is weighed as judging takes place during the Giant Vegetable competition at the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show in Yorkshire. PA Photo. Picture date: Friday September 13, 2019. Staged at the Great Yorkshire Showground the Harrogate Flower Show is Britain's premier autumn gardening event. The show features over 5,000 beautiful autumn blooms in Britain's biggest exhibition by specialist gardening groups and a world-famous giant vegetable competition. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

It took four men to get this one pumpkin on the scales (Picture: Danny Lawson/PA Wire)

HARROGATE, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 13: A judge inspects a carrot during judging for the giant vegetable competition at the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show on September 13, 2019 in Harrogate, England. The UKs premier Autumn gardening show is taking place at the Great Yorkshire Showground this weekend with up to 40,000 visitors expected to attend the 3-day event. The centre piece for the show will be the Back to the Future floral display that aims to capture the essence of Newby Hall and Gardens which will become the new home of the Autumn Flower Show in 2020. Harrogate Flower Shows are organised twice a year by the North of England Horticultural Society, a leading gardening charity set up in 1911 to promote horticulture across the north. The 2019 event will be the 44th Autumn show, which was originally held in the towns Valley Gardens, before moving to the Exhibition Halls in 1983 and the Great Yorkshire Showground in 1995 (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

A judge measures a giant carrot at the Harrogate Autumn Flower show Picture: Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

Judging takes place during the Giant Vegetable competition at the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show in Yorkshire. PA Photo. Picture date: Friday September 13, 2019. Staged at the Great Yorkshire Showground the Harrogate Flower Show is Britain's premier autumn gardening event. The show features over 5,000 beautiful autumn blooms in Britain's biggest exhibition by specialist gardening groups and a world-famous giant vegetable competition. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

There are 13 different categories for heaviest and longest veg (Picture: Danny Lawson / PA)

Picture : Lorne Campbell / Guzelian Retired surveyor Peter Glazebrook, from Halam (CORRECT), near Newark, Nottinghamshire, looks over one of his giant onions, grown in his garden. He will be competing in the Giant Vegetable Competition at the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, on Friday (13 September 2019). The three day event ends on Sunday (15 September 2019). Peter, 75, is the British record holder for the heaviest tomato, and has twice been the world record holder for the heaviest onion. Pictured next to him are a giant marrow, and giant tomato. PICTURE TAKEN ON TUESDAY 10 SEPTEMBER 2019

Retired surveyor Peter Glazebrook admires one of his giant onions (Picture: Lorne Campbell / Guzelian
Guzelian)

A cabbage is weighed as judging takes place during the Giant Vegetable competition at the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show in Yorkshire. PA Photo. Picture date: Friday September 13, 2019. Staged at the Great Yorkshire Showground the Harrogate Flower Show is Britain's premier autumn gardening event. The show features over 5,000 beautiful autumn blooms in Britain's biggest exhibition by specialist gardening groups and a world-famous giant vegetable competition. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

A cabbage is weighed as judging takes place during the Giant Vegetable competition (Picture: Danny Lawson/PA)

HARROGATE, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 13: Giant Marrow are weighed during judging for the giant vegetable competition at the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show on September 13, 2019 in Harrogate, England. The UKs premier Autumn gardening show is taking place at the Great Yorkshire Showground this weekend with up to 40,000 visitors expected to attend the 3-day event. The centre piece for the show will be the Back to the Future floral display that aims to capture the essence of Newby Hall and Gardens which will become the new home of the Autumn Flower Show in 2020. Harrogate Flower Shows are organised twice a year by the North of England Horticultural Society, a leading gardening charity set up in 1911 to promote horticulture across the north. The 2019 event will be the 44th Autumn show, which was originally held in the towns Valley Gardens, before moving to the Exhibition Halls in 1983 and the Great Yorkshire Showground in 1995 (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

A giant marrow is weighed to compete for a top prize at the national veg competition (Picture: Getty Images Europe)

 

 

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