George Scott investigates a crop in the Upper Clutha.
A new competition is about to make its mark on the Upper Clutha’s rural sector with the judging of winter feed crops set to take place in May.
The competition is the brainchild of George Scott, a past president and member of the Rotary Club of Wanaka.
“Cropping competitions are active in other parts of the country and have been very successful fundraisers,” George said.
“Our Rotary Club has a number of retired farmers so we thought we’d give it a go here. Judging will be done by us alongside some professionals with assistance from Young Farmers Club members”.
George said it wasn’t just about the competition, but was also a way to bring the rural community together, recognise their efforts and along the way raise funds for a worthwhile cause.
“We chose the rescue helicopter as the recipient of funds raised as it’s close to the hearts of farmers. Many work in isolated areas and knowing that there will be someone there in an emergency really provides peace of mind,” George said.
Entries have been flowing in for the competition which will include swede, kale, turnip, and fodder beet crops. George said he thinks there will be more than 50 crops to judge.
“Entries and interest from the farming community has been very positive and we are confident that we can establish this event on the annual farming calendar,” he said.
The competition will culminate in an awards ceremony at Pembroke Pavilion (Upper Clutha Rugby Club) on Saturday June 11. The evening will be compered by Sarah Perriam, host of Sarah’s Country, and will feature a fundraising auction.
The Rotary Club of Wanaka is the official organiser of the cropping event which is supported by the Tarras School community and Tarras Young Farmers.
To enter the competition or to find out about supporting the auction contact George Scott at
For more information contact Rotary Club of Wanaka president Mike Elliot on 027 432 9243