IN THE competitive world of pumpkin growing, Raceview High School student Tomas Haag is already a serious contender.
The 15-year-old's 40kg pumpkin took out the Royal Queensland Show's annual prize for the state's heaviest pumpkin in the Youth Division.
The contest was held as one of the Ekka's pre-show awards.
Tomas said he had been lovingly tending to his backyard beast since he planted it in December last year.
He said growing the pumpkin to such a huge size required patience and dedication.
"I got into giant pumpkin-growing through my grandfather, Syd Haag, who has been entering these competitions for years," he said.
"You have to make sure you water it each and every day."
The St Edmund's College student has a long way to go though if he one day hopes to beat Geoff Frohloff, whose 204kg pumpkin was crowned heaviest of them all.
Despite taking out the prize, Mr Frohloff - a fourth-generation Minden farmer - said there was still room for improvement.
He said his best effort to date was a pumpkin he grew in 2003, which tipped the scales at 300.5kg.
Giant pumpkins will be displayed at this year's Ekka as part of the Agricultural Hall Exhibit.