A $20,000 free ‘I do’ for deserving couple

In a dream come true, a brave young couple has won a dream wedding on the Mornington Peninsula.
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Childhood sweethearts Charlotte Isherwood and Ian Rawle, both 25, tied the knot on Mt Martha beach last month after winning a wedding package worth about $20,000 in an online competition organised by Seaford’s Wedding Hire by the Bay.

Charlotte is the daughter of Yerong Creek resident Justine Isherwood.

Nearly everything, from the ceremony to the reception at Hastings, was provided for the Cranbourne couple, who were left reeling after their second child, Alexis Kate, died from a genetic metabolic disorder in September 2010.

Fate lent a hand when Charlotte’s sister, Sarah, saw the wedding competition – seeking a deserving couple who were ”doing it tough” – a week after Charlotte had confided that she would love to get married on the peninsula.

Sarah and her mother Justine entered a heartfelt application and Charlotte was chosen from hundreds of would-be brides. Charlotte told the Eastern Riverina Chronicle she couldn’t believe it when she heard she had won a wedding.

”I was very excited. Being a young family, we made it a priority to buy a house but had plans to save for a wedding. I don’t know if we would have got there, to be honest.”

Charlotte chose a purple theme for the nuptials and her daughter Amber-Jade, 6, proudly performed her duties as flower girl.

Wedding Hire by the Bay owner Kylie Vennells, who was invited to the wedding, said she had received entries from as far as America.

”I’m glad I chose Charlotte and Ian. They really did deserve to have something good happen.”

Mrs Vennells, who donated the decorations for the wedding, organised contributions from generous local businesses, ranging from a photography package to the cupcake tower wedding cake.

She was worried about a spate of bad weather leading up to the big day. ”But the weather was perfect. Someone was looking out for them.”

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Duo stirred into Ekka action

HUSBAND-and-wife team Peter and Megan Rodger from Ormiston, hope to cook up a storm and bowl over judges at this year’s Ekka, entering a breath-taking 41 categories. HUSBAND-and-wife team Peter and Megan Rodger from Ormiston, hope to cook up a storm and bowl over judges at this year’s Ekka, entering a breath-taking 41 categories.
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HUSBAND-and-wife team Peter and Megan Rodger from Ormiston, hope to cook up a storm and bowl over judges at this year’s Ekka, entering a breath-taking 41 categories.

The pair has devoted their spare time to cooking cakes, bread, pesto, sauces, pottery, cards, origami, wall hangings, photographs and scrapbooking to enter at the show.

Although they don’t have kids, their two dogs, Benson, a South African mastiff, and Dexter, a mastiff cross, keep them busy along with their many hobbies, ranging from pottery to pesto sauce.

Peter, who works with the Queensland Police Service, said both were “novices” at entering Ekka competitions but decided to go “full tilt” this year in Brisbane after being denied the opportunity in Redlands.

Originally, the couple had entered 56 categories but that was dropped back after Peter withdrew from entering 15 preserves classes.

“The first time I was ready to enter a show, they cancelled it in Redlands and there hasn’t been one here since which is one of the reasons the Brisbane show holds a lot of appeal in Redlands,” Mr Rodgers said.

“We went to the Redlands show in 2008 and saw all the produce on display and decided to enter the next year, but then it was cancelled.

“This year, Megan was online and saw entries were closing and we looked at the categories and thought it would be fun to have a go at as many classes as we could handle.

“Originally, I was entered in 25 classes but when I realised the type of jars organisers stipulated to be used in the preserves section, I pulled out.

“The regulated jars are not preserve-suitable because they can’t be boiled in hot water, which is an essential part of the preserve process,” he said.

Peter will take two weeks off work before the Ekka to launch into his busy cooking schedule to make sure all his goodies are ready and fresh for the judges.

The household kitchen will be a flurry of action on Monday, August 5, the day before the cooking and baking sections will be judged.

Peter’s oven will be going all day as he plans to bake loaves of white, brown, wholemeal and grain breads along with a chocolate cake, madeira and banana cake.

The 41-year-old, who has a finger in nearly every pie at the Ekka, will also enter two pesto classes and two sauces and a savoury herb jelly.

He can make the sauces and pestos in advance but the three breads and three cakes will have to be baked the day before judging.

“I’m even considering leaving the breads to the day of the judging just to make sure they are truly fresh but I’ll see how I’m placed the night before,” he said.

“But I’ll be watching the Olympics as well as cooking on my time off – so it just depends on how inventive I get, which will determine when it will all be finished.

“I’m not a chef by profession but I do spent a lot of time in the kitchen experimenting cooking all sorts of foods.

“I have auditioned for Master Chef and a barbecue cooking show but this is the first time I’ve entered anything like this where I will be cooking a range of foods.

“I don’t really expect to win because there will be cooks who have entered every year for years and will have it down pat,” he said.

Although he has a plan and some secret ingredients for his bread, Peter is still unsure about what strategy to take with his herb jelly which he has never made before.

Peter said it was a good thing his wife had decided to enter non-cooking categories – otherwise there may have been “kitchen chaos”.

While Peter is in the kitchen using pots and pans, wife Megan will making pots in their pottery workshop in the garden.

Pottery became a passion for Megan after she finished her diploma in commercial art at Victoria’s Art Training Institute and completed a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in ceramics.

When the couple moved to Ormiston in 2006, she insisted on building a firing kiln and her love of the craft blossomed.

“We bought a wheel and a kiln and then filled in half the carport to make a pottery shed which has been great fun.”

She has entered four pottery sections – a wheel piece, a hand-built piece, a piece with surface decoration and a novice section.

Megan, 42, who works with the state government’s Environment Department, is entering 31 categories ranging from quilling to paper tole, pottery, photography and scrapbooking.

Quilling is gluing long strips of coloured twirled paper into pictures and paper tole is making three-dimensional cards out of paper.

“Whether we win anything remains to be seen but we have entered a lot of categories,” Megan said.

“I never took classes in any of these crafts and all I know about these arts is from going to shows and Google.

“We have four god-children who often visit and they always want to do art and craft and play with the pottery wheel when they visit.

“In high school, I majored in art and when I did a Bachelor of Arts degree, I majored in ceramics and realised then that I wanted to develop my skills.”Hobbies are so important in life, which I believe begins at 40, and they have helped me and given me some form of escapism from reality when I’ve really wanted it,” Megan said.

HUSBAND-and-wife team Peter and Megan Rodger from Ormiston, hope to cook up a storm and bowl over judges at this year’s Ekka, entering a breath-taking 41 categories.

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Ekka role sweet as honey for Ray

Victoria Point’s Ray Goldsworthy is an honorary council steward in the apiculture section at this year’s RNA Show. Photo: Wendy Chung Victoria Point’s Ray Goldsworthy is an honorary council steward in the apiculture section at this year’s RNA Show. Photo: Wendy Chung
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TO be or not to be. That is the question RNA honorary council steward Ray Goldsworthy asks about every jar of honey judges put in front of him for scrutiny at the Ekka.

It’s up to Mr Goldsworthy, the head apiary council steward at the show for four years, to check judging results in 25 classes in 13 sections before winners are finalised.

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If there is a discrepancy over an entry or judges can’t decide which jar is the best, Mr Goldsworthy steps in to decide the winner.

This year, he will oversee 90 entries across the 13 sections ranging from extracted honey, creamed honey, comb and liquid, beeswax, sculptured beeswax, queen bees and mead.

He and another honorary council steward John Covey will be in charge of four stewards and there will be two judges and an associate judge at this year’s show.

“Our entry numbers are a little down on last year, when we had 135 exhibitors,” Mr Goldsworthy said.

According to Mr Goldsworthy, who keeps 80 beehives some at Redland Bay, the art of a winning entry is all in the preparation the hardest part.

“It takes a lot of work to produce one bottle of honey so it really is like liquid gold.”

Honey must be filtered to ensure no sediment. But even more time consuming and difficult is perfecting clarity, colour, aroma, taste, density and brightness.

All entries are judged on a point system, scored out of 100.

Winners get $25 in all classes except the dark bush honey class where the first prize is $45. For honey, judges allocate 30 points for flavour, 30 for density, 20 for aroma, 10 for clearness and brightness and 10 for finish.

Mr Goldsworthy, 59, from Victoria Point, said to be a steward in the apiary section, it was imperative to love bees and honey.

“I first got interested in bees 30 years ago and watched my dad’s friend with his beehives,” he said. “But I lived in the inner-city and didn’t have the room to keep hives.

“Eventually, we moved out of town and later to Victoria Point, and now I keep hives on land around Redlands,” he said.

Judging of the apiary section started on Saturday, so results will be ready when the show opens on Thursday at 9am.

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Birkdale’s Coutts hauls most medals 

Dana Vollmer, left, of the United States congratulates Birkdale’s Alicia Coutts after Australia won silver in the 100m medley relay behind the US on Sunday. US swimmer Missy Franklin congratulates Leisel Jones while US’s Allison Schmitt and Emily Seebohm hug after the race. Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images Silver medallists, from left, Emily Seebohm, Leisel Jones, Alicia Coutts and Melanie Schlanger celebrate on the podium after the medal ceremony for the 100m medley relay final on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Photo: Clive Rose/Getty Images
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Wellington Point gymnast Larrissa Miller puts in a strong performance on the uneven bars in the artistic gymnastics women’s team qualification on Day 2.

BIRKDALE’S Alicia Coutts will bring home five Olympic medals the highest won by a swimmer at the London Games.

Her medal haul also equals the Australian record held by Ian Thorpe and Shane Gould for the most medals at a single Olympics.

After helping Australia win its only gold of the games so far in the 100m freestyle relay, Alicia won bronze in the 100m butterfly, silver in the 200m individual medley and silver in the 200m freestyle relay.

She won her fifth medal, another silver, in the 100m medley relay – the last women’s event in the pool on Sunday morning.

She was swimming with Emily Seebohm, Leisel Jones, and Melanie Schlanger, and the team was coming fourth at the halfway point but made ground on Alicia’s butterfly leg.

The United States won the gold in a world-record time and Japan claimed the bronze.

The Americans clocked 3:52.05 seconds, eclipsing China’s former record of 3:52.19, with Australia finishing in 3:54.02.

Another Redland athlete who put in an outstanding performance at the Olympics in the first week was Wellington Point’s gymnast Larrissa Miller.

Unfortunately, her dazzling performance on the uneven bars garnering her the best score of 14.025, was not enough to stop her team being eliminated.

The Aussie women’s gymnastics team bowed out from the final round of the teams competition after qualifying 10th on July 30.

The Volleyroos, led by Capalaba’s Thomas Edgar, had to defeat the world No.3 seeds Poland in this morning’s match to keep their quarter-finals alive.

The Aussies, ranked No.22, have won only one of their four matches, losing to Argentina 0-3, Bulgaria 0-3 and Italy 2-3.

Edgar played a leading role in pushing the Volleyroos to beat hosts Great Britain 3-0.

Australia must beat Poland and rely on other results to advance.

Ormiston College’s James Connor will compete in the 10m platform event which starts at 4am on Saturday, August 11.

Also on Saturday, at 6pm, Nathan Deakes, whose parents own the Di Mati Coffee House in Cleveland, will take to the track for the 50m race walk.

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CHFL: Efficient Magpies clean up the Saints

Clunes 22.9 (141)
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Carngham Linton 16.10 (106)

CLUNES was able to shake-off a determined early challenge from Carngham-Linton to record a comfortable 35-point win on Saturday.

Both sides kicked six goals apiece in the first term before Simon Calbert and Mark Dorward combined for 10 goals to put the game well and truly beyond the Saints’ reach.

Carngham-Linton entered the second term with the wind at its backs but, despite having the lion’s share of possession, was unable to make any real impact on the scoreboard.

In contrast, Clunes grabbed every opportunity with both hands and had taken the ascendency by half time.

The margin sat at 28 points at three quarter time and Carngham Linton was within striking distance, but four of the first six goals for Clunes in the final term killed the game off.

In the end, it was the efficiency of Clunes and the ill-discipline of Carngham-Linton that separated the two sides.

The most glaring example occurred in the third term; the Saints had one extra man in the centre square and from the resulting free kick ex-Saint Jason Hill converted to quell yet another charge from the men in red, white and black.

Clunes coach Justin Johns, who kicked two goals of his own, was pleased that his sides’ strong play had been rewarded with a convincing victory.

Hill had an exceptional day in the midfield along with Nick Buscombe and Glenn Handley, whilst Jayden Hind booted five majors of his own.

The twin towers of Calbert and Dorward, complimented by Marty Robinson’s strong play in the first half, will cause Skipton and Springbank issues in the coming weeks.

Justin O’Brien kicked four and provided a focal point for the Saints, whilst ex-Lakers trio Tim Miller and the Pring brothers, Nathan and Jake, all threatened to do some damage at one time or another.

Clunes’ Mark Dorward (pictured) combined with Simon Calbert for a 10 goal haul in the second term that put the game out of Carngham Linton’s reach.

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Forbes ready to welcome camels

Camel Races committee members Deb Downey and Lee Marsh.The countdown to this year’s Good Friday Camel Races is now on.
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With less than two weeks until the April 6 event, Good Friday Camel Races Secretary Lee Marsh and Publicity Officer Deb Downey said everything is on track for a great day out.

Looking to this years program Marsh said 26 camels are registered for the eight race program.

Cameleers will be travelling from Victoria, South Australia, Queeensland and NSW.

“It’s a really strong program,” Downey said.

“We are excited. We are expecting a bigger and better crowd.”

This year marks the 11th year of the Forbes Good Friday Camel Races.

Marsh said the event has grown so much that it is now considered to be a national annual event.

“It’s the only recognised racing meeting for NSW,” she said.

This year’s event has seen the off-track attractions grow with gopher races a new addition to the program.

Other favourites will be back with the RM Williams fashion parade, karate demonstration, peddle powered shearing demonstration, helicopter rides and sheep dog trials all locked in.

A raffle run during the day will give two lucky patrons a double pass for a free helicopter ride.

Children will be well catered for with an animal nursery, jumping castle, merry-go-round, spray tattooing, lolly drop and foot races.

Also booked for the races are stalls of home-made candles, children’s wear and jewellery.

“We have tried to source stall holders locally where we can,” Downey said.

Patrons are invited to participate in the ‘Most Appropriately Dressed’ competition, sponsored by Allure on Main.

Dress can be anything patrons deem to be appropriate to the event, Marsh said.

Entertainment will be by ‘The Battlers’, who will be performing during the day.

Marsh and Downey said there will be plenty of food available for race goers, with wood fired pizzas, sandwiches by the Forbes Railway Arts and Tourist Information Centre volunteers and fish and chips cooked by the Forbes Magpies.

CanAssist is the nominated charity for the Good Friday Camel Races and members of the Forbes branch will be out in force during the day, Downey said.

Tent sites are available for the event but no alcohol is to be brought on to the grounds.

A fully licensed bar will be operating during the event.

Charity sweeps will also be operating and will be run by the two Forbes Rotary Clubs.

Anyone looking to secure a souvenir can do so at the merchandise stall, operated by the Forbes Dragon Boat Club.

The cameleers are expected to start arriving at the end of this week with all cameleers to be in Forbes by Wednesday or Thursday the following week.

The community is encouraged to take advantage of the growing race meeting.

“There’s not many events where the adults are entertained and the children are entertained,” Downey said.

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Footy Talk

Osborne has continued its resurgence as a Hume power by thrashing an undermanned Howlong at Howlong in the Hume FL match of the round.
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Both sides went into the blockbuster unbeaten, but the late withdrawal of Daniel and Matt Bradshaw to go along with the already injured Darren, left the Cats ready to pounce.

Pounce they did, completely outclassing the stunned Spiders keeping them to just six goals for the match, winning 14-13-97 to 6-4-40 to remain top of the ladder after five rounds.

The win by Osborne has now set up a huge clash at home this Saturday against fellow front runners Henty, who are also unbeaten and in blistering form.

Farrer league recruit Steven Crowhurst starred with four goals, while Jamie Parr at half back and Rory Muggavin were amongst a host of Osborne good players.

With the three Bradshaw brothers missing and star wingman Troy Cooper, Howlong after much pre season hype came back to the field and face a tricky few games in their absence.

Walla took its winning streak along to three and in the process jumped into fifth position. The Grasshoppers were not at their best against a plucky CDHBU in a 30 point win.

They did unveil another high profile recruit with former Richmond player Relton Roberts joining the club, to play alongside fellow AFL player Troy Taylor.

Roberts did not let spectators down with a dazzling display of footwork and skills, to kick six goals, while Taylor was kept quiet by Power defender Andrew Ollington.

Coached by former Essendon team of the Century member Merv Neagle the Hoppers are having a great start to the season with its seconds and fourths also winning plenty of games.

Henty warmed up for its local derby top of the table clash with Osborne this Saturday, by belting the BB Saints by a whopping percentage boosting total of 114 points at Henty.

Rick Hon, Matt Tolsher and Todd Spencer led a sparkling display up forward with fifteen goals between them on the back of a dominant on ball division.

The Saints were kept goalless in two of the quarters and if it was not for standout performances from Darryn McKimmie and Trent Storey they would have been humiliated.

Henty now has its sights set firmly on this week’s huge local derby against Osborne with both teams the only two undefeated teams in the competition.

It will be the biggest clash between the two teams since the fiery 1998 grand final decider when Osborne defeated the Swampies by eighty points.

Lockhart gave itself a real finals boost with a hard fought win over a tenacious RW Tigers at Lockhart. The home team overcame a tight first half to win by 212 points.

With the scores level at half time 39 apiece, it was Lockhart who put the game out of the Tigers reach with a withering third term effort.

David Johnson, Chris Cerato and Matt Polman ignited the Demons in the midfield as they piled on 5-5 to just two points to the Tigers.

Brendan Simmons was best for Tigers across half back, while Jess Corrigan-Dale with five goals and Ben Joos were others to contribute for four quarters.

The Tigers have a tough month ahead with games against Howlong, Henty, Holbrook and Culcairn in between the interleague bye.

The remaining game saw Billabong Crows score its maiden win for the 2012 season, by easily accounting for Murray Magpies at Oaklands.

Josh Evans rocketed to the top of the goal kicking ladder with nine goals while former Jindera premiership star Brad Preston was best for the Magpies.


Osborne v Henty

Culcairn v Holbrook

RW Tigers v Howlong

Murray Magpies v Lockhart

(sat night LPO)

Walla v Billabong Crows

BB Saints v Jindera (Brock)


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Herberts hammer opposition

Brad and Laura Herbert recently competed at the Youth and Junior Nationals athletics championships in the sport of hammer throwing.Forbes’ location is a tyrant, but it hasn’t stopped two of our young athletes from competing at a national level.
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Earlier this month Brad and Laura Herbert travelled to Sydney to compete in the Youth and Juniors Nationals, where the sibling-duo threw hammers along side some of Australia’s toughest junior competitors.

Although hammer throwing is an individual sport, Marj Herbert said yesterday getting her children ready for competing at a national event is a family-team effort.

“They have done really, really well considering they do most of their training at home,” Marj said.

“All these other children live in Sydney, Hobart and other places where they train six out of seven days per week at least.”

Marj said either she or husband Neil drive the children to Sydney every three weeks to visit their coaches – two of Australia’s hammer throw legends – Karen Di Marko and Breanne Clement.

“Karen and Brea were ecstatic [about Brad and Laura’s results]… they said the odds were stacked against them and they did well despite the adversity,” Marj said.

As proof of their hammer throwing prowess, on Saturday, March 17 Laura placed sixth in the under 20s girls 4kg hammer throw with a new personal best of 46.40 metres, smashing her previous best of 42.42 metres.

“That’s a huge improvement,” Marj said.

Marj said yesterday that on Sunday, March 18 Laura placed fourth again with a 49.94 metre throw in the 3kg u18s girls hammer throw.

She said to do two events at that level within two days is an achievement in itself.

“It’s different to change the way you throw… to throw an extra kilogram,” Marj said.

Brad also placed well in his event, arriving on Wednesday in Sydney for training before throwing 49.31 metres in the u16s boys 4kg hammer throw event on Thursday, March 15.

Marj said the children represented themselves, not their schools, at the national competition as they were required to register themselves before going to the event.

“It’s easier to support children who are committed to what they’re doing,” Marj said.

Proud of her children’s commitment, Marj says the Herbert family-team will continue to travel great distances, sometimes more than once per month to see their legendary coaches.

She said while Brad and Laura do a good job of training at home as much as possible, they will soon commence making videos for their coaches to watch from Sydney.

“So we can fine tune everything… hammer throwing is an extremely technical event and if you don’t have it right then you won’t improve,” Marj said.

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Trundle’s ‘tree changers’

Trundle will feature on ABC TV tonight.A touch of Hollywood will come to Trundle today.
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The town has been the focus of a television documentary which will screen on ABC television for the next six weeks.

And the local residents are planning a gala launch in true Hollywood style to mark the occasion.

It is expected the entire population of the town will also turn out at the local hall to watch the first episode this evening.

The launch of the documentary ‘A Country Town Rescue’ is the result of 12 months of filming, and more than 300 hours of taped footage, capturing Trundle’s project to entice more people to come and live in the town.

What began as a result of Trundle’s Strategic Plan – to ensure Trundle’s sustainability – the Tree Change project has seen five new families settle and live in Trundle.

They are vibrant members of the Trundle community and have brought with them a variety of skills, interests and personalities ensuring the spirit of Trundle is alive and well.

Zapruder’s other films have been making the observational documentary about this experience, and have followed several of the families as they moved to Trundle and began their new life in a country town.

This six part series airs this evening and the Trundle community is celebrating with a red carpet launch.

A private reception will begin at 6pm for those people who have made the project possible, and to celebrate the achievements of Trundle Tree Change.

Following this, at 7.30pm the entire Trundle community has been invited to the Trundle Memorial Hall to watch the first episode live on the big screen.

Audio Visual equipment is being brought from Orange, and the hall will resemble the finest function centres in Hollywood!

One of the organisers of the Tree Change project, Cherie Quade said the entire community is excited about the big day.

“The focus will certainly be on Trundle,” she said, “with many media organisations coming.”

“ABC Radio will have a live broadcast for its morning program with Angela Owens, as well as for the Rural Report, and will also have report for its Night Time show.

“Today/Tonight is also doing a follow-up and we will have speakers on the night from ABCTV.”

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Pumpkins to take pride of place

Forbes North Public School students Alyssa Gooden and Maggie Henley waded through the school pumpkin patch to locate one of their best white Atlantic pumpkins.The District Exhibits at Sydney Royal Easter Show are famous for their over-size pumpkins.
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This year will be no different except for one very important factor – three of the over-sized pumpkins were proudly grown by students at Forbes North Primary School.

The three Atlanta pumpkins were collected last week by the Manager of the Western District Exhibit Les Clarke and Western District Exhibit committee member Tom Dwyer, along with three Jam Melons from the school’s vegetable garden.

Mr Dwyer said the school was invited to grow the pumpkins specially for the Sydney Royal Easter Show at the end of last year as a way of getting young students involved with shows.

“Our students have done well to produce such excellent pumpkins against such adverse conditions,” Principal of Forbes North Primary School Phil Thurston said.

“It’s just like growing any other vegetable. You have got to keep the soil nutrients up and water them appropriately.”

Mr Thurston said although the pumpkins do receive some water via a watering system, the students have all taken turns in tending to the patch.

“It’s been a crazy season in terms of rain so we haven’t had to water so much,” Mr Thurston said.

Mr Dwyer said the biggest pumpkin to ever be displayed as part of the district exhibits was on show last year and weighed a whopping 396 kilograms.

Although the school’s pumpkins and melons will weigh in a lot less than last year’s record beater, they are impressive nonetheless.

Mr Dwyer commended the students on their efforts, particularly with this year’s high humidity and tumultuous weather conditions.

“They are good for the year because there has been that much disease around,” Mr Dwyer said.

The pumpkins were transported to Sydney last week.

Mr Clark and Mr Dwyer were to join the produce and the rest of the district exhibit team at the end of last week.

The Sydney Royal Easter Show will run from April 5 to April 18, 2012.

Pumpkins are also being grown for the exhibit by students at Red Bend Catholic College. They will be collected this week.

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