Each January Primary schools are invited to register with the Potato Council for their free potato growing kits and then come along to a Planting day in March either at the showground or Langley Academy where they will have a talk on growing potatoes before planting their seed potatoes in grow bags to take back to school to grow on, a demonstration of making potato salad with tastings, the opportunity to learn about the importance of smell when tasting, with a blind potato crisp experiment and the chance to decorate their own potato cake. In June the schools are invited to bring back their grow bags to harvest after making their own individual potato salad. Prizes are awarded to the heaviest yields.
The dates for 2018 are: planting on March 12th at the showground and 13th March at Langley Academy, and then harvesting on June 18th at the showground and 19th June at Langley Academy. Any school who would like to take part but has difficulty making both days are invited to plant at school and then come along to the harvesting day only. The winners of the challenge in 2017 were Robert Sandilands Primary and St Anthony's Primary.