Whiff of contest in the air
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.