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Members Annual Potato Competition 2021

Members Annual Potato Competition 2021

Members Potato Growing Competition 2021

We are again saddened that we could not hold our Annual Show for the second time, there were just too many unknowns when we were in pandemic lockdown earlier in the year to make any definite plans. However, as in previous years, we were still able to run our members only potato growing competition and the seed potatoes were handed out from the store in February. For those who don’t already know, the competition is to grow the heaviest crop of potatoes from a single seed potato tuber in a container with a maximum of 40 litres of growing medium. We chose the same variety of potato, Vales Sovereign, as last year which our members found make a very nice jacket potato! On Tuesday 24th August the potato crops from some 23 members were collected and weighed.

The winners were: in 1st place, Trevor Allcoat with 3.90kg, 2nd place Malcolm Dale with 2.34kg and in 3rd place Tom Upton with 2.27kg. They each received a voucher for use at the store and Trevor will be presented with the Pat Frain Memorial Cup at the postponed and long overdue AGM in September.

Interestingly Malcolm grew his potato in Sylva Grow peat free compost from the store with no additional fertiliser!

 Trevor Allcoat 1st prize winner

Malcolm Dale 2nd prize winner

Tom Upton 3rd prize winner

Member Name Weight (kg) Position
Trevor Allcoat #2 3.906 1
Malcolm Dale 2.338 2
Tom Upton #2 2.269 3
Sheila Fisher 2.220 4
Julie Shore #2 2.060 5
Jan Bold 1.717 6
Richard Stirley 1.666 7
Trevor Allcoat #1 1.633 8
Jonathan Lloyd 1.581 9
Vicki Parsons 1.542 10
Tom Upton #1 1.526 11
John McNaughton #1 1.360 12
John Langham 1.180 13
John McNaughton #2 1.167 14
Bob Gwynn 1.095 15
Howard Bold 1.054 16
Sue Gwynn 0.887 17
Heather Evans 0.860 18
Paul Kendrick 0.794 19
Linda Barratt 0.511 20
Colin Jones #1 0.468 21
Adrian Collidge 0.430 22
Colin Jones #2 0.078 23
Anne Brett Withdrew from competition
David Brett Withdrew from competition
Julie Shore #1 Withdrew from competition
Ken Vogl #1 Withdrew from competition
Ken Vogl #2 Withdrew from competition
Derek Wheeler Withdrew from competition
Brian Cooley Withdrew from competition

Judges Comment: Many potato bags were extremely dry despite in some cases being regularly watered by competitors, take note for next year with better luck in 2022.
Congratulations to the winners of the top 3 places!