Grand Potato Competition 2018
On Easter Monday everyone was invited to collect a growbag and one potato, to plant the potato in the growbag and nurture it, then bring the crop back (still in the growbag) on August Bank Holiday Monday to find out who had grown the biggest potato crop – by weight.
The venue was the Angel, and 15 people brought along their potato crops for judging. The judges, with many years of experience of such events, were Frank Morgan, Richard Matthias and David Thompson, and the assembled spectators agreed that the judges’ decisions would be final!
The weights of the potato crops were (in order of weighing):
- Mavis Dyke 3 lbs 9.5 oz
- Mike Hutchinson 15 oz
- Trish Morgan 3 lbs 4 oz
- Helen Watkins 3lbs 2 oz
- Caroline Southgate (a) 1 lb 14 oz (b) 1 lb 4 oz
- Joe Cameron Swan 1 lb 9 oz
- Rob Wheeler 1 lb 9 oz
- Max Cameron Swan 1 lb 4 oz
- John Cameron Swan 1 lb 4 oz
- Irene Wheeler 12 oz
- Will Cameron Swan 1 lb 13 oz
- Beth Harwood 10 oz
- Mike Thompson 3 lbs 11 oz
- David Thompson 4 lbs 7 oz
- Sue Fletcher 1 lb 12 oz
Therefore, the winner of the 2018 Kingsland Grand Potato Competition was David Thompson, who won £20 and his name will be engraved on the silver spade.
2nd Mike Thompson
3rd Mavis Dyke
4th Trish Morgan
The wooden spoon award to Beth Harwood
There was a humorous ‘Judges’ Enquiry’ into the following issues:
Mrs. Helen Watkins’ crop was of red potatoes – when the potatoes supplied were all white – the judges’ decided this was an accident and wondered whether Peter Vaughan would have a crop of half red and half white potatoes this year.
Mrs. Caroline Southgate – there were two crops of potatoes at separate ends of the growbag and the judges speculated this might require 2 entry fees!
Mike Thompson – his entry crop was grown in a different brand grow bag. His explanation was that there were no growbags available when he tried to collect one, so he had bought one from B&Q. As he had a good crop, the committee may decide to approach B&Q for growbags in future.
The assembled entrants and supporters requested that this become an annual event, and this was duly agreed.
SMAAK would like to thank all the entrants to this competition, and many thanks to the sponsors who made it possible – The Angel for providing the venue, Peter Vaughan for supplying the potatoes and Hintons for supplying growbags.
Remember – we will do it again next year, be ready to start at Easter…..