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THE Thorpdale Potato Festival will return on
Sunday, March 12 to the Thorpdale Recreation
Whatever age you are, there’ll be something
for everyone at the festival.
For the active, there are sack races, a jump-
ing castle, potato decorating and potato and
spoon races (children’s activities are free!).
There is also a petting zoo for the children.
The Spud Challenge is an exciting event –
a 250 metre dash (stagger?) carrying a 25kg
sack of potatoes, and there is potato picking
and stacking for the hale, healthy and brawny.
The Tug-of-War is back again and bringing
some thrills and spills. ‘Hessians on the Field’
attracted a huge amount of interest in 2015 so
it’s back and the interest has been phenom-
The Photography competition will continue
to bring out the artistic talents of locals and
not- so -locals but get in soon because the cut-
off date is the end of February.
For the domesticated in all of us, there’s
so much to offer in the way of potatoes – a
two -person mash eating competition, cooking
demonstrations and tastings as well as spuds
for sale of course.
For just all-round entertainment, there’ll be
dancing displays, vintage tractors, machinery
and cars, the very popular Quick Shear com-
petition (competitors from all around Austra-
lia), Sheep Dog Trials and Wood Chop as well
as lots of music and heaps of laughter.
A very special highlight will be the appear-
ance of Andrew Taylor who ate only spuds for
over a year and has turned his life around, not
only losing over 50kg in weight but his health
and well-being has benefitted greatly.
Andrew will be speaking during the day and
will also be promoting the sale of his book.
Market stalls have doubled from 2015, in
fact organisers had to close bookings off early
such was the interest, so there will be plenty
to see, eat and drink and they all add to the
festive nature of the day.
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Potato fest back at Thorpdale
The tug-of-war was one of the most popular events last time.
The potato stacking challenge is a battle of
JEETHO Hall will be celebrating a very signifi-
cant and rather unique event on March 4 as it
will turn 125 years.
It is an extremely significant building, once the
Shire of Poowong and Jeetho’s (later Korum-
burra) first council chambers.
Not only is the hall one of the four original
municipal headquarters erected prior to 1900
to survive, it is also the only surviving building of
the once thriving township of Jeetho.
The first council election of the Shire of
Poowong and Jeetho was held on August 13,
1891 in Poowong, and on September 2, 1891 it
was decided to advertise for permanent council
The proposal of Mr WJ Hosking of Jeetho was
successful. He planned the construction of the
new offices on about half an acre of land owned
by his daughter, Mrs Ursula Richardson, in
The building was to include a nine-stall stable
and Mr Hosking offered to transfer the site and
buildings as a free gift to the shire.
The Jeetho Hall was completed on July 7,
1892 at a cost of £500 to the design of Mel-
bourne architect, John Waugh.
The building was used as Council Chambers
until March 18, 1908 when new premises were
opened at Korumburra, and was eventually
transferred to local trustees as the district Hall
for Jeetho in 1919 for £75.
The hall has had extensive renovations over
the time, is widely used both locally and for
weddings and functions; but most importantly
is still proudly owned by the community.
The hall committee has invited as many mem-
bers of the past and present Jeetho community
as possible to be there on Saturday, March 4
A booklet ‘Reflections of Jeetho’ will be
launched after lunch and will be available for
For more details, email contact@jeethohall.
com.au or phone 0400 592 248.
The hall has been beautifully renovated
and is now a popular venue for weddings
and other celebrations.
Jeetho to celebrate 125 years
The Jeetho Hall was once the council cham-
bers for the Shire of Poowong and Jeetho
which became the Shire of Korumburra.
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