DG Nick Wood may be contemplating the amount of funds raised  by the giant pumpkins grown throughout the district smiley
A message from Nick
Thank you to everyone who has been involved in the project is one way or another, Pumpkins for Polio was a fun way to raise awareness of Polio and the fight we still face and put the FUN in Fundraising. 
Over the past week it has been announced a case of polio has been detected in Pakistan, this brings us to 2 cases in the world this year. We need to keep pushing to win this battle. 
Well the Growing is over and the winners are: 
Tony Brown and Nicola Brown of Wanaka - (not related) with a whopping 162kg Monster
2nd place went to Jim Carroll, President of Alexandra Rotary with 135.5kg 
3rd place went to the team from Goldenview Village in Cromwell.  109.5kg
Honourable mentions go to AG- Ah-Lek Tay of Dunedin with 78kg, Gordon Stewart of Cromwell with 80kg, David Boustead of D9999 with 54.5 kg.
the best single plant went to Michael Horne - President of Waimate with 208kg spread across 4 pumpkins
What we have learnt is Central Otago is the best place to grow giant pumpkins in our district. 
I would like to be able to announce the final results of this project in a couple of weeks time so we can publish the story in the RDU with final numbers, so please consider digging deep and supporting the fight to eradicate Polio, to those that have already done so i just want to say
The Winning Entries - (Left to Right) 3rd - Cromwell Goldenview Village - 1st - Wanaka - Tony and Nicola - 2nd Alexandra - Jim Carroll
The beginning of the Monster from Wanaka.
The Monster was hiding when it arrived late to the weigh in. "saving the best till last"
R&R hiab provided the heavy lifting, which was required for these monsters that came in 1st, 2nd and 3rd. 
Bob and Richard had the early entries weighed in early on Saturday.
DG Nick and AG Ah-lek roped in for a photo. 
DG Nick, stoked with the turn out and hoping you had as much fun with  this project as I did.