Re­vival hope for con­test

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

THERE are hopes Aus­tralia’s only com­pe­ti­tion show­cas­ing banana pack­ing skills can re­turn af­ter it was forced to pack up for this year.

Innisfail & Dis­trict Show chief banana ex­hibit stew­ard, Innisfail grower Rob Zahra, said the can­cel­la­tion of the pack­ing cham­pi­onships had been dis­ap­point­ing for banana grow­ers and show­go­ers.

“A lot of peo­ple were ask­ing ‘ Will it be back next year?’ ” Mr Zahra said. “It’s a ma­jor draw­card for the show.”

Rob said the event needed a co- or­di­na­tor to plan and man­age the com­pe­ti­tion.

“We’re mak­ing a call for any­one in the banana in­dus­try or busi­ness com­mu­nity to help us run the pack­ing com­pe­ti­tion in 2016. Hope­fully we can get enough in­ter­est to en­sure we can run the event again.”

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