THERE is no doubt that times are tought for potato farmers in the Ballarat region.
Recent cutbacks from McCain Foods have left many wondering how they will stay afloat.
But tonight at least the area’s spud growers will be able to kick up their heels and forget about their worries.
The annual Dean Spud Dinner is on again, providing farmers a rare opportunity to socialise with each other.
Now in its seventh year, the event continues to grow and is expected to attract about 100 people.
Dean Hall Mechanics Institute secretary and event organiser Liz Kelly said the night was a great chance for farmers to relax and talk with people who were in the same position as them.
“There is so much stuff farmers often don’t talk about, so this is a great opportunity to change that,” she said.
“It’s a good chance to connect with each other and have a good old chin-wag.”
This year’s event will have a family focus.
There will be the traditional spud weigh-ins starting at 8.30pm, as well as a number of other novelties and kids competitions. The three course meal starts at 6.30pm and costs $40 per person.
Call Liz Kelly at the Dean Hall Mechanics Institute on 0412 674 827 for more information or to book.