The South African record will be on the line when farmer, Piet Lotz, enters the eighth Heidelberg Giant Pumpkin Festival on Saturday.
The current record stands at 556kg, set by farmer Hugo le Roux. However, as is the case with almost every aspect in life, records are there to be broken.
The Western Cape farming community is confident the 2018 festival will be historic in that sense.
Rumours about the size of Lotz’ giant pumpkin have everybody in a tizz, ahead of this weekend’s festivities. Lotz is a farmer from Riversdale.
“We’ve received word that one of Lotz’s three pumpkins is in excess of 500kg,” said festival organiser Altus Joubert.
““With a little under a week to go, we’re hoping that Lotz will break the current South African giant pumpkin record of 556kg, held by Hugo le Roux,” added Joubert.
Lotz has entered the competition on three previous occasions, but the heaviest of his previous attempts weighed just over 300kg.
If Lotz doesn’t break the record, he can still walk away with the prize for the prettiest or ugliest pumpkin, and so too can everybody else who enters the festival.