Successful return to show for grower
Trevor Offer is the king of vegetables, with the Australind resident winning the overall vegetable prize George Memorial Trophy a staggering 21 times at the Brunswick Show.
Mr Offer’s foray into exhibiting came from his late father Colin, who was responsible for his introduction to vegetable growing, an interest which has turned into a life-long hobby.
“At first it was just the challenge to try and beat my dad, a bit of a family rivalry,” he said.
“He grew vegies for years when we lived on the farm in Benger, and I’ve just sort of carried it on, but I just love gardening and being out pottering around.”
After a five-year absence from the show, Mr Offer made a successful comeback to exhibiting to clinch his 21st George Memorial Trophy.
“After not competing for five years, I sort of decided I would have another crack last year and ended up winning,” he said.
“It’s just about presentation on the table and consistency.”
All of the competition produce is made available for purchase to the general public at 5pm on show day with all proceeds being donated to St John Ambulance, something Mr Offer said usually draws a few more dollars out of buyers.
“For as long as I can remember I’ve been going to the Brunswick Show – it’s the day that stops the region, a bit like the Melbourne Cup,” he said.
“It’s just got everything, you don’t have enough time in the day to get around and look at it all.”
Trevor Offer likes nothing more than pottering in his garden and growing vegetables.