Thursday, May 23, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Free Produce One Of Race Day’s Biggest Attractions

One of the biggest days on the Burdekin’s calendar, the Burdekin Growers Race Day, has come and gone and while frocks were worn and horses were raced, one of the bigger attractions of the day came when attendees got to leave with a free box of Burdekin grown produce.
Local fruitmonger and “mango man” Henry Petersen said 42 bins of produce were cleaned out by 8:00pm the night of the races.
“This was a gimmick I first created 26 years ago,” Henry said.
“Today, it's the race day’s biggest attraction.”
Produce given away on the day included rockmelons, watermelons, capsicums, avocadoes and eggplants, all grown and donated by local Burdekin growers.
“What a sight it was to see,” Henry said.
The day also featured a produce challenge which saw lucky local growers take home cash prizes for their efforts across best capsicum, zucchini, eggplant, melon and box categories.
Free produce giveaways are yet another key element in what makes the Burdekin Growers Race Day such a unique event.
Congratulations to all growers involved and to the Burdekin Race Club for another successful Growers Race Day.
Find all the social photos from the day on pages 20-21.

Racegoers left the Burdekin Growers Race Day with free boxes of locally grown produce. Photo supplied: Henry Petersen
Photo supplied: Dale Last - Member for Burdekin

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