Spud fun planned

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

Plan­ning is well un­der­way for the re­turn of the Thor­p­dale Potato Fes­ti­val next month.

Af­ter a break of many years, the fes­ti­val re­turned two years ago when a group of Thor­p­dale res­i­dents de­cided to bring back the fes­ti­val that cel­e­brated the town’s lo­cal farm­ing in­dus­try.

The 2015 fes­ti­val was a huge suc­cess and will re­turn on Sun­day, March 12 at the Thor­p­dale Recre­ation Re­serve.

All age groups are cov­ered at the fes­ti­val. For the ac­tive, there will be sack races, a jump­ing cas­tle, potato decorating and potato and spoon races (chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties are free). There is also a pet­ting zoo for the chil­dren.

The Spud Chal­lenge is a sight to see and there is potato pick­ing and stack­ing for the hale, healthy and brawny. The Tug-of-War is back again and guar­an­tees some thrills and spills.

‘Hes­sians on the Field’ at­tracted a huge amount of in­ter­est in 2015 so it’s back and the pho­tog­ra­phy com­pe­ti­tion will con­tinue to bring out the artis­tic tal­ents of en­trants.

For more do­mes­ti­cated ac­tiv­i­ties, there is much to of­fer in the way of potatoes – team mash eat­ing com­pe­ti­tion, cook­ing de­mon­stra­tions and tast­ings as well as spuds for sale.

For just all-round en­ter­tain­ment, there will be danc­ing dis­plays, vin­tage trac­tors, ma­chin­ery and cars, the quick shear com­pe­ti­tion, sheep dog tri­als and wood chop as well as lots of mu­sic.

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