Pumpkin fun at farm

Farmer Copleys pumpkin competition for schools in the Five Towns area.'Larks Hill,  Pontefract with the heaviest.
Farmer Copleys pumpkin competition for schools in the Five Towns area.'Larks Hill, Pontefract with the heaviest.
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A school pumpkin competition held in Purston helped deliver an important message to youngsters from across the Five Towns.

Children from 14 schools flocked to Farmer Copley’s last week for the judging of the farm’s annual pumpkin competition.

Over the past few months youngsters from Larks Hill Junior and Infant School have been growing their massive fruit.

Their commitment paid off when they took the prize for heaviest pumpkin weighing in at 17.3kg.

Cathy Hall, year one teacher and gardening club leader at the school, said: “The children were absolutely over the moon to win.

“We’ve been to the event before and it’s great to win an award.”

The competition, which has run for four years, is run in association with the police to promote links between the force and schools.

This year’s event also include the anti-bullying story of a Spookley the Square Pumpkin, which is being told across the country.

Heather Copley, farm owner, said: “The children had a whale of a time. It’s my favourite festival out of all the different festivals we do.

“There is a real feel-good factor about it and all of the children get involved.

“I want this festival to go big. My aim is for every child in the country to know about it in eight years time.”

A free pumpkin festival will also take place over the weekend.

The farm is open from 10am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.

The festival will also run during half-term from October 25 until Halloween.