Organisers behind Eltham's annual scone competition are doing all they can to make sure the event doesn't go stale.
Tonight's Great Eltham Scone Night will be held at the town hall, with two trophies up for grabs for the best senior and best school entries.
Although the event remains popular, attracting an audience of between 200 and 300 people last year, the organisers have mixed things up a bit this time.
"You've got to keep it fresh," said organiser Marilyne Gernhoefer, who is also treasurer of the Eltham Business Association.
New additions to the programme this year include a teacher-student bake-off and a special guest appearance from ex- Tall Black and New Zealand Breakers basketball star Dillon Boucher, who will also have a go at making his own scones.
Members of the public are also encouraged to get involved by entering three of their best cheese scones which will then be judged by a three-person panel on the night. About 80 people entered this division last year.
Eltham Four Square's Michael Jago said it was the people who made the night the success it had been since the competition started five years ago.
Music and other entertainment is planned for the evening, including a question and answer session with Boucher.
"We try and involve the whole community," Eltham Business Association vice-president Judith Rodgers said.
Entries for the public cheese scone competition open at 4pm tomorrow and people can take their best three samples to the Eltham Town Hall up to and 6pm.
Entertainment starts at 7pm with entry by gold coin donation.
- Taranaki Daily News
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