Historic Sites of Manitoba: Roland Pumpkin Monument (Roland, RM of Roland)

A monument at the west side of Roland, in the Rural Municipality of Roland, commemorates the centenary of the Roland Agricultural Society in 2008 and the pumpkin-growing prowess of local gardener Edgar Van Wyck. They attained Manitoba records in 1984 and 1988. His 423-pound pumpkin grown in 1976 won him a mention in the Guiness Book of Records. His largest pumpkin, a 560-pound specimen, was grown in 1986.

Roland pumpkin monument

Roland pumpkin monument (June 2017)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Roland pumpkin monument

Roland pumpkin monument (July 2023)
Source: Rose Kuzina

Roland Agricultural Society centennial plaque

Roland Agricultural Society centennial plaque (May 2021)
Source: George Penner

Site Location (lat/long): N49.36919, W97.94842
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Edgar Herman Van Wyck (1904-1994)

Manitoba Organization: Agricultural Societies


We thank George Penner and Rose Kuzina for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 July 2023

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