40th Soham Pumpkin Fair will commemorate centenary of First World War outbreak

Soham Pumpkin Fayre, Jacob Schueller (2) from Burwell

Soham Pumpkin Fayre, Jacob Schueller (2) from Burwell - Credit: Archant

The 40th Soham Pumpkin Fair takes place on Saturday, with the theme Poppies and Rubies to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

The fair has been running since 1975 and raises money for local charities — beneficiaries of this year’s event will be Soham Museum, Soham Playgroup and Soham Action 4 Youth.

As well as the quest to find the largest pumpkin, there are classes for the tallest sunflowers, heaviest marrow, longest runner bean and biggest onion.

Entries must be at the recreation ground between 9.30–11.30am, with judging starting at 11.30am.

There will also be dance demonstrations, ferret racing, choir performances, charity stalls and a display of First World War memorabilia. Mr Pumpkin is also due to make an appearance.

A gardeners question time, hosted BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, takes place in the scout and guide community centre, from 3–4pm.

The fair opens to the public at 1.30pm and finishes at 5pm. Entry is £2 for adults, £1 for children aged 12–18 and concessions. Children under 12 enter for free. There is an additional £1 charge to park via the Gardener’s Lane entrance.