Blackbutt's Jeff Moore takes the winning roll at the Blackbutt Avocado Festival, September 9 2017.
Blackbutt's Jeff Moore takes the winning roll at the Blackbutt Avocado Festival, September 9 2017. Will Hunter

New competitions encourage avo fest participation

A COUPLE of new competitions are set to get the festival rolling this year.

A golf putting competition will see competitors putting avocado seeds and attempting to get them into a hole.

"There's a $50 cash prize if you can putt the seed into the hole,” committee chairman Jeff Connor said.

"$5 entry for adults and $2 entry for children will get you two putts.”

The avocado strongman and strongwoman competition is also a new addition to the festival program.

"Both the ladies and gents have to hold a bag of avocados on one arm,” Mr Connor said.

"Women will hold 3kg of avocados and men will hold 5kg, for as long as they can.

"They'll be timed in heats and the judge's decision is final.”

Mr Connor said the winners of the strongman and strongwoman competition got to keep their bags of avocados, as well as take home $100.

"The entertainment doesn't end there, stay on on Saturday night to be entertained by Mr Q from 5pm until late at the showgrounds, no cover charge.

"And on Friday night, as a prelude to the festival, Sax and the Single Girl will be playing at the showgrounds from 5pm until late.”

Mr Connor encouraged everyone to get down to the festival and enjoy a great day of entertainment.

"The main thing is we want to celebrate the avocado,” he said.

"The games and events throughout the weekend aim to highlight and bring attention to the avocado in a fun way - that's our primary motivation.”