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The Great Backyard Pumpkin Challenge

Held annually at the Sydney Royal Easter Show for more than twelve years now, the Great Backyard Pumpkin Challenge competition welcomes pumpkins big and small, beautifully dressed up or as scary as can be, with many a famous face spied on the rind or skin of the pumpkin too.

Young and old, individuals and school groups, are all encouraged to try their luck in the Great Backyard Pumpkin Challenge.

2025 Dates to be confirmed

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11 - 22 April 2025

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One of the most popular competitions at the Sydney Royal Easter Show, the Great Backyard Pumpkin Challenge is open to young and old, beginners and experienced pumpkin decorators, individuals, school groups and even whole families – with 12 different classes including biggest pumpkin, smallest pumpkin and best-decorated pumpkin.

If you think you can see a celebrity lookalike or a magical transformation in a pumpkin, this is the competition for you.

There's two classes for schools to enter, or students can try their luck with an individual entry in the Celebrity Look-Alike or Best Decorated Pumpkin class, you’ll find your perfect patch in the Great Backyard Pumpkin Challenge.

Download the schedule to find out everything you need to know about the Competition including key dates and criteria.

Entries open early January 2024 and close mid Februray 2024. 

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