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