Award winning bananas on display

Innisfail Show Banana Exhibit 2018


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TOP CROP: Graheme Celledoni received numerous awards at the Innisfail Show, including Most Successful Exhibition.

TOP CROP: Graheme Celledoni received numerous awards at the Innisfail Show, including Most Successful Exhibition.

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It was a battle for the best bunch at the banana exhibit at the Innisfail show this week.

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TOP quality local bananas were on display at the Innisfail and Distric Show last week.

Multiple local growers took out awards with banana exhibit judges impressed with the quality of the banana hands, bunches, cartons and singles on display.

Among the winners were Celledoni Farming, who received first place in five classes and the title of most successful exhibit.

The Australian Banana Growers’ Council congratulated all the successful entrants, as well as the committee who gave up countless hours to organise the display.

Banana Exhibit chief steward, Rob Zahra, said he was pleased with the turnout, despite tough conditions.

“The two growers that did particularly well – Celledoni Farming and Reidy’s Bananas – they’re always great supporters of our exhibit and good luck to them both,” Mr Zahra said.

He noted the effort involved in getting the Banana Exhibit together each year.

“There’s a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes and just a few of us to do it.

“But there’s a good group of people involved and we enjoy each other’s company – that’s why we keep coming back each year.”

RESULTS

Class 1: Champion Ratoon Bunch

  • 1st: Innisfail Banana Farming Company
  • 2nd: Celledoni Farming

Class 2: Champion Plant Bunch

  • 1st: Celledoni Farming
  • 2nd: Reidy’s Bananas

Class 3: Heaviest Ratoon Bunch

  • 1st: Reidy’s Bananas
  • 2nd: Reidy’s Bananas

Class 4: Heaviest Plant Bunch

  • 1st: Nucifora’s Bananas
  • 2nd: Reidy’s Bananas

Class 5: Best Two Ratoon Bunches

  • 1st: Celledoni Farming
  • 2nd: Innisfail Banana Farming Company

Class 6: Best Two Plant Bunches

  • 1st: Celledoni Farming
  • 2nd: Reidy’s Bananas

Class 7: Champion Carton of Hands, Ex Large

  • 1st: Celledoni Farming
  • 2nd: Hampson Bros Pty Ltd
  • Encouragement Award: Mackay’s Bananas

Class 8: Champion Cluster Carton Extra Large 13kg in 6 per layer carton only

  • 1st: Sellars Bananas
  • 2nd: Kalbo Fresh
  • Encouragement Award: M&A Catelan

Class 9: Champion Cluster Carton Large 13kg 6 per layer carton only

  • 1st: Kalbo Fresh
  • 2nd: Kalbo Fresh
  • Encouragement Award: Mengotti Pty Ltd

Class 10: Champion International Cluster Carton 15kg carton only

  • 1st: Sellars Bananas
  • 2nd: Kalbo Fresh
  • Encouragement Award: Mackay’s Bananas

Class 11:  Best three (3) Clusters

  • 1st: Di Carlo’s Bananas
  • 2nd: Hampson Bros Pty Ltd

Class 12: Champion Hand

  • 1st: Di Carlo Bananas
  • 2nd: Celledoni Farming

Class 13: Heaviest Hand

  • 1st: McCarthy Farming
  • 2nd: Di Carlo’s Bananas

Class 14: Champion Pair of Hands

  • 1st: Celledoni Farming
  • 2nd: Di Carlo Bananas

Class 15: Heaviest Freak Banana (any variety)

  • 1st: Hampson Bros Pty Ltd
  • 2nd: M&M Bananas

Class 16: Heaviest Single Banana

  • 1st: Hampson Bros Pty Ltd
  • 2nd: Di Carlo’s Bananas

Class 17: Best Six Singles

  • 1st: Hampson Bros Pty Ltd
  • 2nd: Sellars Bananas

Class 19: Open Heaviest Ratoon Bunch

  • 1st: Reidy’s Bananas

Class 21: Champion Lady Finger Bunch

  • 1st: Woopen Creek Bananas
  • 2nd: Woopen Creek Bananas

Class 22: Champion Lady Finger Carton Hand Pack

  • 1st: J.A Dobson
  • 2nd: Woopen Creek Bananas

Class 23: Organic Carton 13kg

  • 1st: McCarthy Farming

Class 24: Most Successful Exhibition on Aggregate Points

  • 1st: Celledoni Farming

Highly Commended Award              

  • Mengotti Pty Ltd

Most Outstanding Exhibit

  • Sellars Bananas
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