INSPECTION: Dominic Fennell is curious about the soft spikes on the West Indian Gherkin while looking at the fruit and vegetable displays yesterday.
INSPECTION: Dominic Fennell is curious about the soft spikes on the West Indian Gherkin while looking at the fruit and vegetable displays yesterday. Tanya Easterby

Quality is the key to fruit and veg at the show

FRESH was the name of the game for this year's Gympie Show fruit and vegetable competitions.

Taking the top gong - the grand champion title - from 102 entries was a selection of beans grown and packed by Curra growers George and Caroline Fewtrell.

While trying weather conditions this year slowed the number of entries, commercial grower entries were at an impressive high.

Fruit and vegetable show committee member Jeff Witts said commercial produce from around the region was well represented and included avocados, beans, ginger and custard apples.

He said the inclusion of ticket to win a two-night stay at Rainbow Ocean Palms Resort was a good incentive for commercial growers to take part in the show and it was custard apple growers R and A Gardner who took out the special prize.

Leading the way with a strong turnout were junior entries, where young growers were encouraged to grow and pack their own produce.

As for the seniors, Mr Witts said the number of entries may have been down but the opposite was true for the quality.

Drakes Supa IGA won the supermarket fresh and value-added display competition, with a food display that represented the Gympie Showgrounds and the 125-year history behind the much-loved local show.

A bright display of garlic, onions and apples paid homage to the show ring while tools, bales of hay and horse gear reminded viewers of old show traditions. Popcorn and fairy floss highlighted all things bright and fun.

Gympie Times


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