Dorrigo Potato Festival a first

IT'S come together quicker than you can say 'spud' and all the community is chipping in.

The countdown is on in Dorrigo for the town's first Potato Festival this Saturday.

One of many organisers Lisa Lowe said the event began as a celebration of International Year of the Potato but could become a regular fixture.

“The interest has been so strong - we have lots of entries for the spud bag fashion parade and quite a few people say they'll sign up for the iron man/iron woman event,” Lisa said.

The festival kicks off early with market stalls and entertainment in the main street. There's fun for the kids with sack races, spud races plus a Little Miss Potato challenge.

At 11am there's a street parade for all, featuring local vintage vehicles and historic potato machinery.

There's a potato cooking competition, a potato pie-eating competition plus for those wanting to burn up a few more carbs, potato loading, pallet stacking and tractor pulling events.

At 2.30 there's the Big Chip Drop, thanks to Terry Walker, his helicopter and Smiths Crisps. In the evening the Bowling Club will host a reunion dinner dance for potato growers, freighters, workers old and young, many of whom are coming from far afield to catch up with old 'spuddies'.

For more information: Lisa Lowe 6657 4124.

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