Spuds in a bucket

Ro­tary Mata­mata’s an­nual fundrais­ing com­pe­ti­tion Spud in a Bucket is a sell-out again.

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Con­tes­tants have been prim­ing their en­tries since Labour Week­end in the hope of win­ning the ti­tle of cham­pion potato grower.

Com­pe­ti­tion or­gan­iser Stew Wadey said the Mata­mata tra­di­tion had been well sup­ported again this year.

‘‘We have sold all of the 120 buck­ets avail­able for the 2015-16 com­pe­ti­tion,’’ he said.

‘‘Once again this year a num­ber of lo­cal busi­nesses in­clud­ing ASB Bank, West­pac Bank and Sin­cer­ity Dryclean­ers have sup­ported us by pur­chas­ing buck­ets and hav­ing in­ter­nal of­fice com­pe­ti­tions within the main event.’’

Wadey said this was the 10th year that Ro­tary had held the com­pe­ti­tion and there was al­ways some friendly ri­valry be­tween mem­bers and other con­tes­tants from Lions, Ki­wa­nis and the busi­ness com­mu­nity.

‘‘Ki­wani Tom Troughton and Ro­tar­ian Peter Thissen are both two-time win­ners of the com­pe­ti­tion but no-one has ever man­aged three suc­cesses. Both of th­ese grow­ers must have a good chance of gain­ing that elu­sive hon­our this year.’’

Wadey said there was also a sec­tion for ju­nior grow­ers, aged un­der-16, and last year’s win­ner was in fact, a pre-schooler who as­sisted a more sea­soned Ro­tar­ian grower.

‘‘This com­pe­ti­tion prompts a bit of fun for all in­volved and the pro­ceeds raised go to a va­ri­ety of projects that Ro­tary Mata­mata sup­ports,’’ he said.

The big weigh-in event will be held at the Rail­side by the Green stage on Tues­day March 1, from 5.15pm.

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