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Titanic Tomato Winners 2002
by John Harmon
November 10, 2002

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The summer growing season is long over even though you couldn't tell by the weather over the last couple of weeks. All the entries are in and it's time to announce the winners of this year's Titanic Tomato Tournament.

The winner in the adult category for the largest tomato grown in the Yukon this year is Virginia Buerge. She used the variety "Beefmaster" to grow a tomato that weighed in at three pounds-eight ounces to take the top prize.

Last year the top prize of $200.00 provided by The Yukon News for the largest tomato went to Rachel Buerge for her entry. She entered at the weigh-in station in Dawson once again graciously provided by Blair Fischer with a tomato that weighed two pounds and seven ounces. This years winner was just an ounce bigger and with this year's bigger prizes it will net Virginia a cool $300.00 in cash provided by The Yukon News.

This year's second place winning entry also came from the Buerge family. The second place entry last year was two pounds five ounces. It was grown by Virginia Buerge, this year's top prizewinner. This year the second place winner was grown by Clara Buerge also using the variety Beefmaster". Her tomato weighed in at three pounds-six ounces, considerably larger than last year's second place winner. This second place win will net Clara a $100.00 gift certificate provided by Adorna Flowers and Landscaping in Whitehorse along with $50.00 in cash.

Clara Buerge also had the third largest tomato entered in this year's contest at two pounds-13 ounces but since you can only win one prize per person in each category the third place prize will go to Rachel Buerge. She had the fourth largest tomato entered at two pounds-four ounces. With this year's bigger prizes third place will get Rachel a $100.00 gift certificate provided by Home Hardware in Whitehorse. Congratulations to the Buerge family for their sweep of all three top prizes in this year's Titanic Tomato Tournament.

In the Junior category there were more prizes this year but only two entries. Alan Lebedoff of Whitehorse had the first place winning entry this year of 14 and one half ounces. 12 year old Alan used the variety "Big Beef" to win. This year the prizes in the Junior category will be split up so that the winners of first place through third will get a package of prizes. The package will be four passes for the movies courtesy of Landmark Cinemas in Whitehorse along with two one hour passes for game play provided by The Holodeck in Whitehorse and two personal pan pizzas courtesy of Pizza Hut in Whitehorse. First place will also receive $30.00 cash.

Second place in the Junior category for 2002 will go to four year old Nicole Lamb also from Whitehorse. She used the variety "Mr. Stripy" for her entry of nine and one half ounces. Nicole will receive the same prize package as Alan along with $20.00 in cash. Nicole also had the only entry for the Ugliest tomato in the Junior category so she will receive the trophy along with her prize package. Congratulations to both winners in the Junior category.

There were many entries this year from Whitehorse, Dawson City, Mayo, Carmacks and beyond. In all there were 23 entries from around the territory in the adult category. Out of all those tomatoes the ugliest one came from Whitehorse and was grown by Roy Ness. He used the variety "Beefmaster" to grow a two pound-four ounce tomato gone horribly wrong. It grew in a number of directions before it could make up its mind what it was going to do. The result was a truly ugly tomato. Roy will get his name inscribed on the big trophy for the second time (Roy won for Ugliest tomato in 1999) and will get to take a victory drink from the trophy.

Congratulations to all of this year's winners as well as all the folks that took the time to enter from around the territory and a big THANK YOU to all of our sponsers.

John Harmon owns and operates Tropicals North. Write to John at The Real Dirt, c\o 211 Wood St., Whitehorse, YT., Y1A 2E4 or e-mail


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