Pop­u­lar spud in a bucket back

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Ro­tary Mata­mata’s an­nual fundraiser Spud in a Bucket is back.

Buck­ets can now be pur­chased from a num­ber of busi­nesses around town, with plant­ing tak­ing place over Labour Week­end later this month.

Com­pe­ti­tion or­gan­iser Stew Wadey said Spud in a Bucket has be­come a Mata­mata tra­di­tion and is al­ways well sup­ported. ‘‘The com­pe­ti­tion is re­ally quite sim­ple,’’ he said. ‘‘We pro­vide the grow­ing medium (a bucket), a seed potato and a list of rules. The rest is left up to you."

Win­ner at the weigh-in ear­lier this year was two-year-old Jack Ryan – prov­ing age re­ally is no bar­rier.

The cause the com­pe­ti­tion will sup­port this time around is yet to be de­ter­mined, but in the past the event has sup­ported End Po­lio Now.

Ro­tary Mata­mata pres­i­dent David Hulme said the club cer­tainly ap­pre­ci­ated the sup­port of the lo­cal com­mu­nity in this an­nual event. ‘‘We tra­di­tion­ally sell more than 100 buck­ets each year in this pro­ject and there is al­ways a good amount of healthy com­pe­ti­tion within the dif­fer­ent busi­nesses and ser­vice clubs that take part.

‘‘This is the 10th year we have run this com­pe­ti­tion and it con­tin­ues to be an im­por­tant pro­ject in our lo­cal com­mu­nity,’’ he said.

Weigh-in will take place on March 1, 2016 at Rail­side by the Green.

Buck­ets are $10 for adults or $5 for chil­dren and are avail­able from Colour­plus, Pa­per Plus, Mitre 10 or the Boltholder.

PHOTO: TERESA HATTAN

Ro­tary Mata­mata’s Stew Wadey is or­gan­is­ing this year’s Spud in a Bucket.

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