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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Hunt on for top spud!

Published 16/08/2014 | 00:00

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The contest to find the county's potato champion is on the horizon, so get digging, but not too soon and hope for some good weather too.

The 2014 Wexford Potato Championship will be held at the Irish Agricultural Museum in the grounds of Johnstown Castle as part of the Killinick and District Annual Gardening Show on September 13 and 14.

The competition is for six tubers of the same kind and is open to both commercial and amateur growers.

Potatoes will have to be washed and covered with a light cloth and be blemish free, well shaped and with shallow eyes. For the first time and to encourage growers from throughout the county, postal entries are being accepted.

Postal entries will not, however, be returned. Exhibitors who are unable to stage their own potatoes should ensure their tubers arrive no later than Thursday, September 11.

Entries should be well packaged and sent to: The Secretary, Teach na MBear, Killinick. The competition will be judged under Royal Horticultural Society rules with the adjudicators appointed by the Killinick and District Garden Club. Winning entries will receive prize monies with the potato champion awarded a trophy and cash.

As well as the potato championships, there will be displays of floral art, preserves, homeground fruit, flowers and vegetables and a children's plant and flower competition.

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