Count­ing down to spud and pump­kin weigh-in

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By DAVID HULME

Mata­mata’s green fin­gered gar­den­ers have spent the sum­mer grow­ing pota­toes in an at­tempt to win the an­nual in­ter-ser­vice clubs’ Spud in a Bucket com­pe­ti­tion.

Run by the Ro­tary Club of Mata­mata, the com­pe­ti­tion is in its fifth year and the of­fi­cial weighin is at Rail­side on the Green on Tues­day, March 6 from 5.15pm, fin­ish­ing about 6.15pm.

Com­pe­ti­tion or­gan­iser Peter Thissen said more than 120 buck­ets had been bought.‘‘the tro­phy has been shared in past years be­tween Ro­tary and Ki­wa­nis but there is a chance for any­one to win.’’

Given the less than sunny sum­mer, he was un­sure how the weigh-in would go this year.

‘‘It re­mains to be seen if any­one can bet­ter Tom Troughton’s mon­ster win­ning crop from sev­eral years ago.’’ That crop ex­ceeded 7kg and was eas­ily the largest in the com­pe­ti­tion’s his­tory.

For the first time this year a gi­ant pump­kin grow­ing com­pe­ti­tion is also be­ing run.

‘‘This is some­thing new for us and it should add to the colour of the evening if noth­ing else,’’ Mr Thissen said.

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