Crookwell Potato Festival a popular attraction and economic boost

DEDICATION: Crookwell Potato Festival chair Joyce Edwards  receives flowers for her hard work over the festival weekend. Photo: Mariam Koslay

DEDICATION: Crookwell Potato Festival chair Joyce Edwards receives flowers for her hard work over the festival weekend. Photo: Mariam Koslay

An echo of praise and admiration can still be heard throughout Crookwell days after another successful potato festival has come to an end.

It is estimated that more than 2000 people attended this year’s festivities, a higher number than the year before. 

Everything – from eco farm tours, live cooking, outdoor markets and a vintage car show – was on offer.

It was easy to follow the steady flow of crowds, ready to savour the festival flavour.

Chair of the organising committee, Joyce Edwards, said the festival was “very successful”.

“Everything seemed to work well. The feedback from people was that it was very well organised and great entertainment,” she said.

“It was a big move going up to the showgrounds, and we worked hard to make it successful.” 

President of the Crookwell Potato Association (CPA) Mathew Gay commended the efforts of Mrs Edwards and her fellow organisational staff. 

One thousand kilograms of potatoes were for sale and all were sold by the end of the day.

“We enjoy showcasing our product to the general public, but the best part about it the community involvement,” Mr Gay said.

“It gives us opportunity to talk to locals and visitors and let them know what we actually do in the area.” 

CPA members, current growers and non-growers volunteered for the day.

Mr Gay said there was a lot of interest in the health benefits and cooking styles of the potatoes on display.

In addition, many people spoke to him about the future of the agriculture industry and the inclusion of young people. 

“There was concern from people about the field,” he said. “There are not enough young people coming through the industry.

“I think the first step is government help. We need to encourage the farmers more than the young people.

“There’s no help for farmers to train young people to go on to the farm. 

“It’s the same for same for potatoes, sheep, wool, cattle or vegetables.”

A debrief of the festival will be organised in the next few weeks.

Mrs Edwards encouraged anyone who would like to join the committee to call her on 0407 772 360. 

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