The 2021 Summer Fair will take place on Saturday 17 July. Further details will follow but make a date in your diary and make sure the family are all 'up for the weekend' for a relaxing afternoon in the village.
Potato in a Bucket Competition
This is a traditional part of the Summer Fair and open to all residents of Brettenham and their families. Collect your potato from Jane Moulding at Francis House, Brettenham or your potato can be delivered direct to your door
How many potatoes can you can grow a in a bucket? The heaviest crop wins!
Anyone in the village can enter and it’s free.
Prizes for winning adult (13 – 100!) and winning child (0—12).
There is one potato per person/child and anyone in the village can take part. You will need to provide your own compost and a bucket with holes punched in the bottom for each potato. A builder’s bucket is best but a domestic bucket will be fine as longer as it is no bigger than 30cm/1’ diameter x 30cm/1’ high. The potato is ready to plant. They have been chitted. To do this they have been laid out in egg boxes in a cool, frost free, light and well aired environment for 4–6 weeks to allow the sprouts to develop prior to planting. To plant your potato, put a thick layer of compost at the bottom of your bucket then plant the potato and cover with approximately 15cm (6”) of compost. For the first few weeks, if it’s very cold, your potato will benefit by being given some protection so choose a warm and sheltered spot in the garden or start it off in a greenhouse. As the green shoots start to appear keep adding more compost to raise the depth of the soil. Other than regular watering and maybe a little feed to help it on its way, your potato requires little attention. The winner of the competition will be the person whose potato produces the heaviest crop. This will be judged at the Summer Fair on Saturday 17th July at the Village Hall. On the day, you will need to bring the potato, still in its container (preferably with the green shoots removed), to the playing field where all entries will be tipped out and the crop therein weighed. For your information, the potato selected is called Arran Pilot, a first early. A traditional favourite producing white fleshed tubers of firm waxy texture and a pleasing flavour. This first early variety is at its most wonderful straight out of the ground and into the pot for use as a salad or new potato.
It will be great to see previous participants entering the competition, including last year’s champion Brian Gooderham (who won on his first time of entering), as well as new competitors. You do not have to be a serious gardener to become involved, it is all great fun. To arrange for collection or delivery of your potato please contact Jane Moulding: Tel: 736178 Email: email@example.com