Trophy, Koo Wee Rup Potato Festival, most colourful float

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Plastic imitation black marble base and lid, two gold coloured plastic columns with backing plate between, gold plastic star affixed to the base in the centre in front of the backing plate. Gold coloured plastic "19" and "91" affixed to the lid on either side of the gold plastic topper. Inscription on topper "KOO WEE RUP/ KING SPUD/ POTATO FESTIVAL". Inscription on plaque attached to base "KOO-WEE-RUP POTATO FESTIVAL/ 1991/ SHIRE PRESIDENT'S TROPHY/ MOST COLOURFUL FLOAT"

The first Koo Wee Rup Potato Festival took place on 17 February 1973. It included a float parade of thirty floats from businesses and community groups and a wide range of activities, competitions, exhibits and stalls. The festival was initiated as a fundraiser for the Westernport Memorial Hospital. It continued to be an annual event until 2000, when dwindling support and uncertainty over the future of the hospital caused the festival to be discontinued.
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32.0 x 21.5 x 10.8 cm
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Makers label on bottom of base "PAKENHAM TROPHIES/ 112 MAIN STREET/ PAKENHAM VICTORIA,3810/ TEL: 059 411590"
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Photograph: Viki Petherbridge
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