Whiff of con­test in the air

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South Waikato is home to the cor­ru­gated iron sheep and dog, it’s known for its crisp clean springs and of course the big green man.

From Fe­bru­ary 5, a hill in Toko­roa kindly do­nated for use by Frank Sy­ben, will be named Mount Cheese and on this par­tic­u­lar day the first South Waikato Cheese Rolling Cham­pi­onship will be­gin.

Or­gan­iser Mar­cus May­don said the idea came from Glouces­ter in Eng­land, the cheese- rolling cap­i­tal of the world.

It is also the place where, for six months of the year, Mr May­don calls home.

‘‘It will be a great fam­ily event and lit­er­ally some­thing for ev­ery­one.’’ he said.

There will be other com­pe­ti­tions dur­ing the fam­ily event in­clud­ing gum­boot- throw­ing and eggcatch­ing con­tests, where you can win a pair of gum­boots or a fern ticket.

‘‘A fern ticket ad­mits one cou­ple to the For­est of Dean in Eng­land to ‘canoo­dle’ with­out be­ing crim­i­nally con­victed by the po­lice or fined by the lo­cal coun­cil,’’ Mr May­don said.

Mount Cheese can be ac­cessed from Newell Rd and gates open at 5pm.

There will also be a sausage siz­zle dur­ing the events.

The dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories in­clude, ladies, gents, and 14 years and un­der who will run up the hill.

Mayor Neil Sin­clair and Deputy Mayor Jenny Shat­tock will do the hon­our of open­ing the event by rolling the first cheese down the hill.

To en­ter the cham­pi­onship go to the Sports Waikato of­fice in Swanston St to pick up an en­try form.

There is a fee to par­tic­i­pate and all pro­ceeds will be split be­tween St John Am­bu­lance and Sport Waikato.

Mr May­don said this un­usual com­pe­ti­tion could be­come a big event for South Waikato.

‘‘Around 20,000 peo­ple go to the cham­pi­onship in Glouces­ter from all over the world.

‘‘It would be great for our com­mu­nity and econ­omy.’’

CHEESE: The South Waikato Cheese Com­mit­tee held a prac­tice run on Mount Cheese early last week. From left, Gilly Alexan­der, Heather Price, Mar­cus May­don, Graeme Suther­land and, in front, Lee Fitz­patrick.

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