Richard Mann with his winning giant pumpkin

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Jack-O's lan-ton: Richard Mann's giant pumpkin weighed 45 kg (291.7 kg)

Green-fingered wizards lugged to Harrogate for its annual competition of giant vegetables, large zucchini, pumpkin plum and healthy beets.

The confrontation is an eternal favorite among the 40,000 visitors of the Autumn Flower Show in the spa town of Yorkshire.

Competitors from 13 classes tend to have oversized crops all year long in the hope of winning the coveted title of heavier or longer.

Parsnips, leeks, cabbages, potatoes, carrots, rhubarb, green beans and cucumbers are among the prodigious products praised by their proud farmers.

Craig Pearson with his giant giant cabbage winner

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Agri-bargy: Craig Pearson's giant cabbage champion outpaced the competition, weighing 27.4 kg (4 pounds).

Graham Barratt with his winning giant cucumber, 920 mm long, after winning first prize

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Powerful Gourd: Graham Barratt is extremely proud of his giant cucumber, which is 36 inches (92 cm) long

Judgment in progress

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Size Matters: The judges of the Great Yorkshire Showground meticulously measure each entry before crowning the winner. The event has been organized since 1995 after having gone beyond its previous location

Two men carry giant bone marrow at the time of judgment

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Work in pairs: some entries, such as this giant bone marrow, are too difficult for one person to handle. The 2019 fall flower show will be the last to be held in Harrogate because the event involves moving about 24 km from the Newby Hall mansion next year.

Judgment in progress

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The show's director, Nick Smith, said: "Every attraction or event of quality must regularly review what it is able to offer and ensure that it remains relevant and dynamic for its visitors"

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