Spud bucket battle climax
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.