A HOMETOWN girl with a home-grown pumpkin on Saturday won the Murmungee Pumpkin Festival with 51-kilogram champion.
Maureen Rae is like many who farm this extraordinary landscape – some of Victoria’s prime grazing land – where there’s no town but a community with a thumping heart.
She is always among the first to lend a hand to organise events and celebrations.
And so it was late last year in Beechworth’s Anglican churchyard.
Perched with a badly broken leg in a wheelchair at Beechworth’s monthly farmers’ market, Maureen was sowing interest in the annual pumpkin festival by handing out pumpkin seedlings in exchange for a donation to Murmungee-Bowmans’ top annual fundraising cause.
“I had some seedlings left over from doing the promotions at the markets, so I finally stuck them in the ground,” she said.