4-H potato club and gi­ant veg­etable club achieve­ment day

Ontario Gardener Magazine - - LOCAL DIRT -

The Durham West and East Potato Clubs along with the Durham West Gi­ant Veg­etable Club held their achieve­ment day at the Wil­fred Com­mu­nity Hall this past Septem­ber.

Potato mem­bers brought their best pota­toes in groups of three to en­ter the dif­fer­ent potato classes: Yukon Gold, Rus­sian Blue, Rus­set Bur­bank, Ni­cola Novella, Rode Ester­ling, Fin­ger­ling, and two kinds of Amarose and Ba­nana.

Veg­gie mem­bers, mean­while, car­ried in their heav­i­est pro­duce for judg­ing.

Abbi Shier grew the heav­i­est beet (15 lb. 6 oz.), beat­ing all pre­vi­ous records! She also won for the heav­i­est gourd and carrot. Abbi tied for the heav­i­est to­mato with Kelly Craw­ford and also tied with her brother, Daniel Shier, for the heav­i­est gi­ant pump­kin. Keep­ing up with the fam­ily win­ning streak, Daniel grew the heav­i­est field pump­kin. (What’s in their soil?)

Re­becca Craw­ford had the heav­i­est onion, weigh­ing in at 8 oz., and the tallest sun­flower at 12 ft. 4 in. The tallest corn was grown by Ha­ley and Carter Ash­ton (12 ft. 4 in.) and Kate­lynn Craw­ford had the heav­i­est swede at 31.6 lb.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Abbi Shier who won the tro­phy with 33 points! Kelly Craw­ford placed sec­ond with 27 points, Kate­lynn Craw­ford was in third with 24 points, and Daniel Shier in fourth with 21 points.

Once the vic­tors were cho­sen, the veg­eta­bles and pota­toes grown by the 4-H’ers, lead­ers and other lo­cal gar­den­ers were auc­tioned off by auc­tion­eer, Kevin McGuckin.

The monies raised by the auc­tion were do­nated to Matt & Shirley Ostertag. The Ostertag fam­ily have a lovely 3-year-old, Lan­don, and soon to be one-year-old twins, Aubree and Chase. Un­able to di­gest food when he was born, Chase had dif­fi­culty gaining weight, and pass­ing the 10 pound mark was dif­fi­cult. To­day, he has fi­nally reached 13 lbs! The 4-H’ers are su­per proud of the lit­tle guy and were happy to present the fam­ily with the auc­tion pro­ceeds, a to­tal of $820, and wish them con­tin­ued health in the fu­ture.

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