Counting down to spud and pumpkin weigh-in
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.