Thousands visit Soham for 42nd annual pumpkin fair

Melanie Pruitt, aged 1

Melanie Pruitt, aged 1 - Credit: Archant

Thousands flocked to Soham on Saturday for the village’s 42nd annual pumpkin fair.

Daniel Lister, 9

Daniel Lister, 9 - Credit: Archant

Based on the theme ‘150 Years of Beatrix Potter’, this year’s event was opened by Joy and Richard Dean, of Soham Books, and saw many people arrive in fancy dress.

As well as a classic car display and story-telling, animals visited from South Angle Farm and many took part in the ferret racing contest.

Soham pumpkin fair

Soham pumpkin fair - Credit: Archant

There were also a number of competitions on the day, including the best victoria sponge, designing the best front cover for next year’s brochure and the best vegetables and flowers. And, of course, the biggest pumpkin contest.

The winner in both categories of heaviest pumpkin grown by a Soham child – and the heaviest pumpkin grown by a Soham resident (all age groups) - was Ozzie Boggie with his 108 kilo monster.

Mr Pumpkin and Christopher Frost, 5

Mr Pumpkin and Christopher Frost, 5 - Credit: Archant

The nearest to this was Stephen Frost, winner in the heaviest pumpkin grown in East Anglia category at 82.5 kilos.

The event was organised by the Soham Pumpkin Fair Committee.

Ozzie Boggie, 4

Ozzie Boggie, 4 - Credit: Archant

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Michelle Harrison, Soham Pumpkin Fair committee member, said: “This year’s fair was much busier than previous years.

“We are pleased to have provided such a great day out for the whole family to enjoy, whilst raising money for local groups and charities in our area.”

Harvey Timmins, 7

Harvey Timmins, 7 - Credit: Archant

Among the people who will benefit from the money raised is The Shade Primary School P.T.F.A, Soham United Football Club Youth Teams, Pos+Ability and Soham Community Archive.

Soham Pumpkin Fair.

Soham Pumpkin Fair. - Credit: Archant

Soham Pumpkin Fair

Soham Pumpkin Fair - Credit: Archant