Fraser Coast Show - 5 yr olds (L) Kayden Curby and Zak Holt from Albert State School in amongst the giant pumpkins grown by Anton and Amie Burney.
Fraser Coast Show - 5 yr olds (L) Kayden Curby and Zak Holt from Albert State School in amongst the giant pumpkins grown by Anton and Amie Burney. Alistair Brightman

Showers of rain threaten but dry has had huge effect

DESPITE wet weather hovering over the Fraser Coast Show, the effects of the drought are still being felt with half as many entrants in this year's fruit and vegetable competition.

Perhaps fitting then that the theme of the show is water, lifeblood of our land.

The quality was no less impressive however with this year's ultimate winner, a large, leafy lettuce grown by K. Glasgow, beating all others to be named Fruit and Vegetable President 2014.

There were plenty of familiar categories at the event such as those for best, and biggest, pumpkin as well as champion herbs and nuts, however one not so common sight was the competition's first ever dragon fruit, grown by H. Wex, which trumped the tropical fruit category.

This was welcome news for the Fraser Coast Sub-Tropical Fruit Club, which has had no trouble for the past 10 years getting kids interested in a range of exotic fruits with names like ice-cream beans, bottle gourds and custard apples.

Granville State School walked away with top prize in the schools category for its styrofoam garden display.



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