Winning at the Ekka is all about the timing, say Kalbar duo
WHEN it comes to growing show-winning produce, Syd and Val Haag say "it's all in the timing".
"You have to make sure you harvest the fruits and vegies at the right time, so that they are ripe for judging," Mrs Haag said.
The 81-year-old grower knows what she is talking about, she and her 82-year-old husband have been winning awards for their impressive produce for decades.
At this year's Ekka, she and her husband were part of a team which took out all three of the produce display categories they entered.
The group - Moreton District Exhibit - won first place in Overall Quality, Best Backdrop and Effective Arrangement sections.
Mrs Haag said she and the other nine members of the committee were delighted to win.
She said their fruit and vegies had attracted a lot of attention from spectators.
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"One of the members, Geoff Frohloff, had grown two monster pumpkins which weighed 204kg and 186kg which we have on show," she said.
"In all the years we've been at the Ekka, we've never had so many people stop to take photos of our display."
Mrs Haag said the group had been regular entrants in the annual contest.
"There was a time when we won the title 20 years in a row," she said.
"It's great to win again but I particularly like returning to the show because it's always a chance to re-connect with my fellow growers."
Mrs Haag said she and Syd had been growing produce together for more than 50 years.
"We have a property out in Kalbar where we grow the fruit and vegies," she said. "We try and tend to them two to three days a week."
The Moreton District Exhibit's produce display will be on show for the duration of the Ekka, which continues until August 17.
For more information about the Ekka and its events visit ekka.com.au