Soham Pumpkin Fair returned this weekend for its 41st birthday, offering ferret racing, break dancing and everything in-between!

PUBLISHED: 13:11 28 September 2015 | UPDATED: 13:16 28 September 2015

Soham Pumpkin Fair. Picture: ROB MORRIS.

Soham Pumpkin Fair. Picture: ROB MORRIS.


Full of colour, Soham Pumpkin Fair celebrated its 41st birthday this weekend as it returned to the recreation ground.

One of the best attended in its time, mass pumpkin displays, vegetable growing competitions, ferret racing and live dance groups ensured that there was plenty to see and do for the thousands of people in attendance.

Mr Pumpkin, Mark Williams, was also on hand to entertain the crowds in his traditional orange and green outfit.

He said: “It was a gorgeous sunny day and it was so lovely to see good crowds coming out. Everyone loved it.

“We had everything from ferret racing to break dancing and everything in between.”

Mr Williams added that Soham’s is one of just six pumpkin fairs left in the UK and that it is always a lovely event for the community and region.

Additionally, there were numerous market stalls, a BBQ, tea and coffee, ice cream and classic cars at the event.

Money raised from the fair will go towards Weatherall Primary School’s allotment, Little Miracles, Soham Young Farmers and Soham Heritage and Tourism.

He added: “We’re still totting up, but we are on course to have raised a four figure sum!”

Once again, Stuart Holden, of Red Lodge, took home the prize for the biggest pumpkin, weighing in at a massive 297kg.

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