Best and biggest on show at competition

A competition to see who has the best kale, swede and fodder beet crops will be held next month.
The Clinton Lions Club is hosting a brassica competition in conjunction with Advance Agriculture.
The competition will be held at the Clinton Community Centre at 7pm on Friday, July 1.
Convener Warren Erickson said it would be the fifth competition the club had held.
The competition had been a success in past years.
Last year, it raised $80,000 for the Otago Rescue Helicopter and Otago and Southland Hospices.
All proceeds from this year’s event were going to the rescue helicopter and Eastern Southland and South Otago Search and Rescue clubs.
Mr Erickson said 143 farmers had entered 204 crops.
‘‘The crops are measured by the Lions club and the final weight is done by Advance Agriculture.’’
The final would consist of six swede, six kale and 10 fodder beet entries.
The competition has more than 80 sponsors, who have provided products and services to be auctioned during live and silent auctions on the night.
The club will also run raffles, complimentary refreshments and a supper for sponsors and competition entrants.
Mr Erickson said a mystery package for two people going away for two nights would be given out on the night.
The competition had created a lot of interest in fodder beet because it was new to competitions.
The event will also feature the biggest swede and fodder beet.

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