Who knew such a fuss could be made over some good old dirty spuds?
The aptly named “spud in a bucket” competition was a-peeling to punters at this year’s Wyndham A&P Show.
The committee sold 120 buckets in September and challenged people to grow the best potato.
President Nicky Wallace said it was a first for the show and was an absolute hit.
Mark Breed, of Wyndham took out the potato prize with his whopping 1.3kg of pomme de terre.
“There were some really exceptional potatoes and some disappointing ones,” Mrs Wallace said.
The money raised from the event was given to the Wyndham Museum.
Cattle made a return to the show this year, having been suspended due to Mycoplasma bovis
A Hereford cow from Laurie and Sharon Paterson’s farm at Waikaka Station won champion beef and champion animal of the show.
Numbers were down from traditional cattle events but it was good to see their return, she said.
For the second year running the novelty pig class attracted one of the biggest crowds of the day.
“It’s proving really popular.
“It mixes livestock and entertainment with people coming dressed up class.”
Charlie and Tania Milne, of Edendale, took first and second with their pigs.
Trout fishing returned again and entries were opened to rivers from outside the area.
“We wanted to try something a little different and we opened it because of the poor river conditions,” she said.
Showjumping attracted big entries, as always, and for the first year it offered a 1.3m class.
“It was well supported with entries, seeing as it’s a high height.”
She was delighted with the way the show came to fruition and the weather held off.
“We’re very happy with how it went. There were good entries in horse and sheep [classes] and we were really pleased to see the cattle back.”