Have you got a top crop?

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - REXINE HAWES

How do you spuds?

There will be plenty of serv­ings of pota­toes on plates next week, when par­tic­i­pants of the Ro­tary Mata­mata Spud in Bucket con­test dig them up for the weigh in.

On Tues­day potato grow­ers will con­verge on Rail­side by the Green with spuds in their buck­ets to see if they have grown the heav­i­est crop of pota­toes.

Con­tes­tants green fin­gers were put to the test six months ago when they planted their pota­toes at Labour Week­end, and fi­nally like to eat your the big un­veil and weigh in will take place.

The com­pe­ti­tion, spon­sored by Mitre10 and Dal­tons, is in its 11th year.

It was orig­i­nally started as a friendly com­pe­ti­tion be­tween ser­vice clubs, which even­tu­ally opened up to the pub­lic.

Event co-or­di­na­tor Lynette Stan­ley said that over the years there have been lots of tried and proven meth­ods to grow­ing a great crop of pota­toes, but the scales are the ul­ti­mate tell all.

In pre­vi­ous years, the largest crop weighed in at 7.5kgs. It has been won by both Ro­tar­ian and Ki­wani’s mem­bers over the years.

All pro­ceeds from the com­pe­ti­tion will go to Ro­tary Mata­mata com­mu­nity char­i­ties.

‘‘Over the years there have been lots of tried and true meth­ods to grow­ing a great crop of pota­toes.’’

Tom Troughton with his potato grown for last year’s spud com­pe­ti­tion. Who will be named the best Spud in the Bucket win­ner this year?

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