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