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Potatoes shaped like animals win top honors

Jacob and Shannon Ripplinger win 35th Annual Odd Veggie Contest

October 28, 2010
Pierce County Tribune

The judging is over and winners determined for the 35th Annual Odd Veggie Contest.

Three potatoes from Jacob and Shannon Ripplinger's garden, Barton, look like a turtle sitting on a rock, a hippo, and a bear. The Ripplingers will receive a one-year subscription to the Pierce County Tribune.

Second place goes to Elwood Sherwin, Rugby, for his carrot with legs. He will receive a 6-month subscription to the Tribune.

Third place is an Italian tomato with a green hat. It looks just like a miniature canning jar with lid to the judges. It was submitted by Diane Jundt, rural Rugby. She will receive an assortment of office supplies.

Because the competition was "stiff" with over 30 good entries to choose from, the judges had to add two honorable mentions. A pat on the back for their gardening efforts and an attatboy accompanies HM status.

Rugby's Harold Volk received an honorable mention for his "wierd carrots". One had at least 20 appendages. The second honorable mention goes to Dennis Tuff, rural Rugby, for his large potato with knobs that made it resemble a moose perhaps or Mickey's face. Like all art, the veggies were a matter of the viewers interpretation.

The Tribune staff would like to thank all those gardners who took the time to bring in their veggies. You all deserve a prize in the staff's minds.

We hope to see you next summer bringing in odd veggies. Until then, get out the seed catalogs, winter is here.

Staff report



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