Award winning bananas on display

Innisfail Show Banana Exhibit 2018


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

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 this 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.”

Full 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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