BIG NEWS FOR BIG VEG­GIE GROW­ERS

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Manjimup-Bridgetown Times -

THE War­ren Agri­cul­tural Show’s pro­duce sec­tion is set to grow in 2018 when the gi­ant pump­kin com­pe­ti­tion ex­pands to in­clude other veg­eta­bles.

Gi­ant onions, toma­toes, zuc­chini and sun­flow­ers have now been added to get the com­pet­i­tive juices flow­ing.

As some back­yards do not have the space to grow a gi­ant pump­kin, the other va­ri­eties were added to en­cour­age more peo­ple to show off their green thumbs.

Show se­nior vice-pres­i­dent Kim Starkie said the ad­di­tion of the sun­flower, which was easy to grow, was also open to chil­dren.

“This is a real win­ner for chil­dren – the fu­ture of our show,” Mrs Starkie said.

“By adding a cat­e­gory they can grow, nur­ture and then show off, we are en­sur­ing the next gen­er­a­tion has the op­por­tu­nity to be a part of the show,” Mrs Starkie said.

Gi­ant pro­duce com­pe­ti­tion or­gan­iser Aimee Ben­dotti said this month, Oc­to­ber at the lat­est, was the time to start grow­ing pre­ferred pro­duce.

El­i­gi­ble seeds – ex­cept for zuc­chini, which can just be grown with an en­trant’s own seeds – are avail­able at South­ern For­est Ma­chin­ery.

“Buy­ing seeds also cov­ers buy­ing into the class at the show,” Ms Ben­dotti said.

Mrs Starkie said the show was an integral part of the com­mu­nity and com­mit­tee mem­bers were al­ways look­ing for new ways to pro­mote the re­gion and its peo­ple.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the show’s Face­book page or phone Ms Ben­dotti on 0427 761 217.

The com­pe­ti­tion ends on Septem­ber 12.

Pic­ture: Tari Jeffers

Aimee Ben­dotti en­cour­ages green thumbs to get in­volved with the War­ren Agri­cul­tural Show's ex­panded gi­ant veg­etable com­pe­ti­tion for 2018.

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