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Pumpkin Show

October 12 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Event Details

Each year in early October DAHA produce a squash and pumpkin show in Dorking - it showcases produce AND has some fun activities for children, from face painting to a treasure hunt and other games. Pumpkins are amazing, they come in all different shapes, sizes and flavours. It's a great opportunity to show off your growing skills whilst engaging children in horticulture.

2019 will be the 12th annual Mole Valley Squash and Pumpkin Show - the theme this year is Pumpkemon (a play on a popular children's TV cartoon). Children and adults alike are welcome to grow some squash to enter, you don't have to be a DAHA member, we especially like entries from local schools and Scout and Guide groups. This year there are NEW Individual Junior Categories with prizes (ages 16 and under).

Entry to the show is not a stuffy affair and there are lots of classes / categories covering size and type.

Download the 2019 pumpkin show class guide here >>


It takes many hours to put the show together, from designing the props, creating a menu or schedule, distributing leaflets and baking cakes to growing giant pumpkins in the heat of high summer. We always welcome more volunteers to help. If you would like to get involved in our next show on Saturday 12th October 2019 we would absolutely love to hear from you!

Pick a job you like, join our or Pumpkin Show sub-committee. Any help would be appreciated.

We will need help with the following:

  • Working with schools (Spring)
  • Working with schools (Autumn)
  • Advertising the show
  • Sponsorship
  • Distributing leaflets
  • Putting up posters
  • Creating show props
  • Delivering tables
  • Set Up on Friday evening
  • Set Up on Saturday morning
  • Registration of the competition entries
  • Decorating the hall and cafe
  • Collecting tombola donations
  • New children's activities plan
  • Running tombola stall
  • Running children's activities stall
  • Selling produce after the show
  • Baking cakes (pumpkin themed or any favourites)
  • Cooking lunch (prep and on the day)
  • Serving tea & coffee (AM)
  • Serving hot food (PM)
  • Serving tea and cakes (PM)
  • Clearing up after the show
  • Returning tables

Currently all these jobs (and more!) are run by just 12 people, in their spare time, in addition to the general committee member's responsibilities, full time jobs, family commitments AND allotments. We would love to have more helpful hands, on the day and throughout the year. Most importantly, we would like you to get involved in growing your own pumpkins and squashes and enter them in the show! Don't have a garden? Join one of our community gardening groups or rent an allotment plot! Good at cooking or have some unexplored creative talents? Enter our Cooking or Arts categories and show off your skills!


October 12
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Dorking Christian Centre
Church St
Dorking, Surrey RH4 1DW United Kingdom
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01306 886830