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Floral fun in the sun at Leigh School

Posted at 8:00am Friday 19 Feb, 2021

Pam Brown needed a stepladder to measure the loftier entrants.
Pam Brown needed a stepladder to measure the loftier entrants.

This little chap made a beeline for the entries lined up along the school fence.
This little chap made a beeline for the entries lined up along the school fence.

Sunflowers of every shape and size were brought to Leigh School on Sunday, January 31, when judging of the town's annual sunflower competition took place in the playground.

Specimens were diverse, ranging from more than three metres high to just a few centimetres across, and from single blooms to multi-headed sprays (though a late attempt to enter a dandelion in the Smallest Bloom category was disallowed). Winning growers were presented with wine, merchandise and gift vouchers from local businesses, including Leigh Bar, Leigh Central, Leigh Eats, Leigh General Store, Leigh Motors, Leigh Sawmill Cafe, Goat Island Dive & Snorkel, Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre, Marie-Dominique Lennan, The Knitting Truck and Ti Point Reptile Park, as well as McGregor's Seeds.

Organiser Pam Brown said it was a great day and thanked everyone involved for their support and generosity.

Results: Tallest/Thickest Stalk, Marguerite Guinness (3.2m/4.5cm); Largest Head, Richard Scott (27.5cm); Most Unusual/Kids category, Leigh School; Smallest Bloom, Wendy Brown (3.5cm); Best Bloom on the Day/Organisers' Choice, Karen Richfield; Most Heads on Single Plant, Poppy Shears; Best Facebook Post, Amy Atkin; Most Prolific Facebook Poster, Wendy Stephens.

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