Record crowds turned out for the 39th Soham Pumpkin Fair at the town’s recreation ground on Saturday.
The £50 prize for the heaviest pumpkin grown by a Soham resident was won by Jenny Clements with her 136.5kg pumpkin, which beat the previous year’s winner of 110kg.
And Soham Village College pupil Michael Clements won both the Murfitt Cup for the heaviest pumpkin grown by a Soham child, at 96kg, and the Manning Cup for the biggest sunflower head, at 37.5cm.
This year’s event was officially opened by the current Soham Townsperson of the Year, Beth Green.
The fair had a theme of “50 years of The Beatles” to mark the 50th anniversary since the Fab Four made their debut album, Please Please Me, which stayed at the top of the charts for 30 weeks, only to be beaten by their follow-up album, With the Beatles.
St Andrew’s Primary School choir joined in with the theme by singing some of the band’s most-loved tunes, as did performer Graham Buxton, from Ramsey.
Other performances in the main arena came from the Soham Fenlander Majorettes, Ely Youth Choir and The Weatheralls Primary School.
Soham Classic Vehicle Club provided a static display of cars, tractors, motorbikes and commercial and military vehicles.
A collection of bygones from the Soham area was held in the Scout and Guide Community Centre.
Entertainment included fairground rides, zorbing, ferret racing and gardeners’ question time.
And there were more than 25 market stalls, raffles and refreshments.
Mark Williams, chairman of the Soham Pumpkin Fair committee, said: “We had a lovely day with record crowds and a massive pumpkin collection with the star at over 135kg.
“A great day out was had by all, whether buying, selling or just enjoying the early autumn sunshine.
“Ferret racing was, as ever, a crowd pleaser, as was Mr Pumpkin, the racing ferrets and dancing with the Soham Fenlander Majorettes.”
Mr Williams added: “We hope to have raised a good amount of money for local charities as well.”
The total raised at this year’s event is still being counted, but all funds will be donated to Soham Friends, Soham Holiday Playscheme and Soham Girl Guiding Group.
Requests for beneficiaries of Soham Pumpkin Fair 2014 can be emailed to office@so hampumpkinfair.co.uk between October 1 and January 31 2014, including a description of your group or organisation.
Visit www.sohampump kinfair.co.uk for information.
Soham Pumpkin Fair 2013 award highlights:
• Heaviest Pumpkin Grown by a Soham Resident: Jenny Clements (136.5kg).
• Heaviest Pumpkin Grown by a Soham Child: Michael Clements, Soham Village College (96kg).
• The Ryder Trophy: Max Leonard, The Weatheralls Primary (67.5kg).
• The Ron Manning Memorial Trophy: Alice Barker, St Andrew’s Primary School (24kg).
• Biggest Sunflower Head by a Child: Michael Clements, Soham Village College (37.5kg).
• Biggest Sunflower Head by an Adult/In Show: Dan Nye (40cm).
• Tallest Sunflower Grown by an Adult: Dan Nye (3.17m).
• Tallest Sunflower Grown by a Child/In Show: Ruby Leonard (3.98m).
• Floral Arrangement: Ruth Ginn.
• Best Jam: Louise Wylie.
• Best Chutney: Charles Warner.