13 March 2024

Keen to flex your inner fashionista? Get to Roberston Potato Festival

| Zoe Cartwright
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Think you've got what it takes to be Queen (or King) of the spuds?

Think you’ve got what it takes to be Queen (or King) of the spuds? Photo: Chris Daniel.

As if an event dedicated to the humble spud isn’t enough, Robertson is going above and beyond for this year’s Potato Festival.

The ‘Scarecrow Competition’ is the latest addition to the line-up of experiences at the home of the Big Potato from 4-5 May at the Robertson Showground, sponsored by the Bowral Co-Op.

‘Hessians in the Field’ will also be on the schedule this year, back by popular demand.

The 2024 Potato Festival is an event all about celebrating Robertson’s rich potato heritage and the joy of community, filled with fun, food and festivities that will have spud enthusiasts flocking from far and wide.

“The Robertson Potato Festival has always been about celebrating our deep-rooted love for potatoes and the strong sense of community that defines ‘Robspudson’, festival organiser Gary Fitz-Roy said.

“The Scarecrow Competition and Hessians in the Field are a great opportunity for the community to come together and showcase their creativity.”

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If you have a burning desire to be crowned hessian or scarecrow champion, read on.

Mark Freund, Bowral Co-Op CEO said the scarecrow competition was an opportunity for entrants to show off their creativity and craftsmanship – and there would be plenty of support for first-time scarecrow makers.

“We are always excited to be part of community projects that use traditional agriculture products and show off people’s creativity,” he said.

“We especially hope to see schools and groups entering and hopefully, to be crowned the winner.”

Bowral Co-Op is going the extra mile to make this competition accessible to all, by providing ‘how-to-build’ instructions and all the materials required to create a winning scarecrow entry.

Both novice and seasoned scarecrow enthusiasts are encouraged to participate to ensure a diverse range of creative entries. To take part, register via this web page.

Another highlight of the festival is the Hessians in the Field challenge, which has a special judge this year – the talented Emma Watkins, also known as ‘Emma Memma’ and previously the Yellow Wiggle.

Crafters and dressmakers’ skills are tested, the entrants competing to create impressive outfits out of the humble hessian sack.

The highly anticipated competition offers a first prize of $1000 cash and prizes for categories totalling more than $2000.

This year the pets’ fashion section is back by popular demand.

Sponsorship opportunities for Hessians on the Field are available. To register, head here.

For more information on the Scarecrow Competition, Hessians in the Field and all other festival details, head to www.potatofestival.com.au.

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