Spuds unveiled in competition time
SPUDS of all shapes and sizes came out of the ground to be put on show at the Salvation Army's Tom Quinn Community Centre.
Contestants in the competition had been in the ground and growing since Easter before the big unveiling on Saturday.
Carol Cullen, organiser of the Rotary Club of Bundaberg City Daybreak annual spud growing competition, said even with the rain on Saturday everybody had a good time.
She said the competition, a fundraiser for the Rotary club, involved contestants paying $10 for a plastic bucket, a seed potato and a sack of soil.
“Starting at about Easter, people take their potatoes and grow them,” she said.
“The rules are quite simple, they have to grow in the bucket, apart from that anything goes.”
At the appointed weekend the potato growers bring the buckets back and the potatoes they have managed to grow are judged on various criteria.
“We count how many potatoes are in the bucket and look for things like the longest one, the heaviest one or the weirdest shape,” she said.
Ms Cullen said about 40 buckets were handed back in for the judging on Saturday.
“We sold a lot more than that, but people could have been away and some people just buy them as a donation,” she said.
Prizes, mostly in the form of garden tools, were handed out to category winners.
While the competition is supposed to be light-hearted, Ms Cullen said some people took it seriously.
“It's amazing how competitive some people get,” she said.
“Some family members get really competitive with each other.”