After months of growing big pumpkins, it was time to know the exact weight. On Saturday October 3rd 2020 the GPC Pumpkin weigh-off Belgium was organized.
A giant pumpkin (1024,5kg) of Team Willemijns took the 1st place, following by Luc Vanheuckelom and Herman Boonen.
When talking about squashes, it was Jef Leysen who took the 1st place with his squash of 634,5kg.
At the end of August, all members of the Pompoenengenootschap normally jump on their bike for the 2nd patch tour.
Due to Corona however, this was not possible this year. That’s why each grower was asked to measure it’s own pumpkin.
Starting with pumpkins of 150kg up to pumpkins of 750kg and more, it all looks really promising.
Click to see some pictures of what several growers already achieved until now.
Pumpkin Regatta 2020 (Sunday October 25th): Edition 2020 has been canceled due to COVID-19. We hope to see you again in 2021!
https://www.pompoenregatta.be for more information.
The “POMPIOENEN” | Short documentary made by Leen Poppe
In October 2019 a small documentary was made by Leen Poppe.
“The best pumpkin growers in Europe can be found in the Kempen region. I was fascinated by Jan and his pumpkin friends, so I decided to make a short documentary about it.” she said.
Documentary made for LUCA School of Arts Narafi , 2nd year audiovisual techniques, film, tv & video.
Het zettersprijskamp van het pompoenengenootschap op 20 maart 2020 werd afgelast. Dit owv het coronavirus. Er zal in 2020 bijgevolg geen zettersprijskamp doorgaan. Wij danken u voor uw begrip!
Op 20 februari 2020 gaf Jan Biermans, een kweker uit het genootschap, een infoavond rond het kweken van reuzepompoenen.
Een goed gevulde zaal kwam luisteren naar de tips & tricks van Jan, in de hoop om het record van 1016kg te breken. Benieuwd wat dat gaat geven.
On Sunday October 27th 2019, we organized the 12th edition of the Pumpkin Regatta in Kasterlee. There were a lot of people and more than 80 teams attended. This edition, there were even teams coming from the USA, Greece, England, Lithuania, etc…
Next to that, also the pumpkin games (for children), pumpkin curling and pumpkin cutting were organized again. Throughout the terrain, different pumpkin figures could be found and were funny and impressive to look at.
Just check our pictures to get an impression of this wonderful pumpkin experience called Pompoenregatta
Here you see all our pumpkins, ready for the weigh-off during the Pumpkin market in Kasterlee on October 20th. The 3 winning pumpkins of the European weigh-off in Ludwigsburg will also be there. We’re counting down for the Pumpkin Market to begin!
Each year some growers of Pompoenengenootschap Kasterlee go to Ludwigsburg. Over there the European Pumpkin weigh-off is oranized.
Who could ever imagine, that 3 pumpkin growers of Pompoenengenootschap Kasterlee would fill up the stage.
Mario Vangeel became 1st with a Pumpkin of 1013kg, 2nd place was for Luc Vanheuckelom with a pumpkin of 979kg , Jan Biermans took the 3rd place, his pumpkin was 860kg.
Up to the pumpkin regatta now:
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The GPC Belgium weigh-off of 2019 was organized by Pompoenengenootschap Kasterlee.
It was Mario Vangeel who grow a pumpkin of 1016,5kg, followed by Luc Vanheuckelom (982kg) and Herman Boonen (906kg).
Jef Leysen won the 1st price with his Squash of 592kg. 2nd and 3rd place were for Hans Van Bael (383kg) and Guido Donckers (327kg).