Spud bucket bat­tle cli­max

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By DAVID HULME

Green-fin­gered spud grow­ers have had five months to try to pro­duce the big­gest crop in the an­nual Ro­tary Club of Mata­mata Spud in a Bucket com­pe­ti­tion.

The success or oth­er­wise of each in­di­vid­ual ef­fort will be de­ter­mined at the weigh-in at Rail­side on the Green on Tues­day, March 5, from 5.15pm.

Last year’s win­ner, Sally Jenk­ins, from the Mata­mata Ki­wa­nis Club, will be de­fend­ing her ti­tle while peren­nial achiever Tom Troughton (also from Ki­wa­nis) could be in with a chance to win back the tro­phy he won when the com­pe­ti­tion was first held in 2009.

Ro­tary Club of Mata­mata di­rec­tor David Parker said more than 100 buck­ets had been sold in this year’s com­pe­ti­tion.

‘‘We are hope­ful that many of those who pur­chased buck­ets will be able to make the weigh-in, in spite of the hu­mid and pos­si­bly tricky grow­ing con­di­tions this sum­mer,’’ Mr Parker said.

‘‘This year the com­pe­ti­tion was opened up to mem­bers of the pub­lic af­ter pre­vi­ously hav­ing been an in­ter-ser­vice club event so it will be in­ter­est­ing to see if any­one can top the record crop of more than 7kg in one bucket,’’ he said.

Any­one who bought a bucket is wel­come to at­tend the weigh-in on the Rail­side stage and bar­be­cued food will be avail­able for pur­chase on the night.

Par­tic­i­pants are re­minded to bring their bucket, mi­nus the green­ery, to the weigh-in as only pota­toes still in the bucket and at­tached to the plant will be weighed.

Mr Parker said the pro­ceeds raised from the sale of the buck­ets went to var­i­ous lo­cal com­mu­nity projects the Ro­tary Club of Mata­mata was in­volved with.

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