Crookwell's Potato Festival is spud-tacular!

$25 million per tonne: Gary Kadwell and the $2000 Cranberry Red. Photo: Clare McCabe.
$25 million per tonne: Gary Kadwell and the $2000 Cranberry Red. Photo: Clare McCabe.

Blustery conditions did little to deter the Crookwell Potato Festival goers on Saturday.

Lyndey Milan OAM and Eamonn Robinson, deputy head of mission at the Embassy of Ireland in Australia, and Sara Robinson, were this years special guests.

Ms Milan opened the art gallery show on Friday night, and held cooking demonstrations on Saturday, at the main market day.

A new variatel of spud - a Red Cranberry - was auctioned to Divall's Earthmoving and Bulk Haulage for $2000. This equals $25,000 per kilogram or $25 million per tonne.

Last year, the first box of Andean sunrise potatoes was purchased by Divalls for $2100.

The Irish folk ballad, The Fields of Athenry, pealed across the pavilion in the spud auction intervals. It was performed by Mr Robinson. Mrs Robinson and Gary Kadwell performed an Irish jig.

Fifty per cent of the money raised will go to the Upper Lachlan Foundation.

The potato association sold out of their dollar-a-bag varieties by mid-afternoon.

From all reports the attendance was up on last year and around 3000 people attended, chair person Joyce Edwards said. People travelled from Wollongong, Canberra, Victoria and far-west NSW.

There were 40-45 volunteers who assisted on the day; manning the gates, at the cooking demonstrations and everything in between.

"We couldn't do it without the volunteers."