Potato competition won by Martin Turver

... my potanteoes were pretty good!
… my potanteoes were pretty good!

Ōtaki Hydroponics was the place to be on Saturday Morning for their Annual potato growing competition, with all funds raised from the entry fees going to the Ōtaki Fire Brigade.

The weather looked threatening but managed to hold off and allow many of the competitors to back their truck , car or trailer in to unload and weigh in.

Owners of Ōtaki Hydroponics Ross Maycroft and Kay McLennan, said that it was awesome to see so many young children enter with help from grandparents and parents alike. The prize pool was pretty impressive too, with Sponsorship of a water tank from Devan, garden tools from Tui garden products, organic potting mix from Gardeners Choice and lots more.

Everyone who entered and stayed for judging received a goodie bag while the all the children who entered also received prizes for participation.

Ross and Kay say their aim is to organise the potato comp every year, it’s their way of giving back to the community, and they love seeing their customers enjoy the fun on the day.

Competition this year was more fierce than last year. Top Prize for greatest yield went to Martin Turver with a massive yield of 3.01kg. Second Prize went to Zara Brooke 2.445kg and brother Mathew Brooke took out third prize weighing in his haul at 1.935kg

Ōtaki Fire Brigade were the beneficiaries and the helpers
Ōtaki Fire Brigade were the beneficiaries and the helpers

Ōtaki Fire Brigade firepersons assisted with the weighing and parking while also running a sausage sizzle adding to their funds raised.

All and all a great morning’s entertainment with plans afoot for next year’s judging day already underway.