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by Stephanie Gropler
The Jachmann family will finally get a
chance to put up their feet this weekend,
after a whirlwind month of festivals, field
days and success.
People from across the nation have been able to
taste the Jachmann Apple Company's drop at a range
of events recently, including the Riverland Field
Days, Saturday's Riverland Wine and Food Festival
and the prestigious Australian Cider Awards.
Loxton North apple grower Pauline Jachmann said
she got "quite a shock" when she was asked to send
boxes of cider to Melbourne to be served to over 100
people at the Australian Cider Awards.
"There were about eight ciders poured on the
night and we were picked out from the whole lot,"
"There was about 148 entries, so to be picked out
of that is really special."
Mrs Jachmann said she was initially not going to
attend the awards, however once she found out their
cider was going to be served on the night, she could
"My two sons and daughter-in-law and I drove
over on the Friday morning, so we had a little road
trip," she said.
Their trip to Melbourne for the awards was made
even sweeter, with the Jachmann Apple Company
picking up two silver medals in the New World
Medium Cider category.
Mrs Jachmann said cider was put into categories
depending on how it was made, with some compa-
nies electing to brew in the bottle.
The Pink Lady Apple Cider received 52.5 points,
only 1.5 points behind the best in class cider.
Meanwhile, the Royal Gala Apple Cider was
awarded 51 points in the same category, which saw
the Jachmann Apple Company competing against
big names such as the The Hills Cider Company and
James Squire's Orchard Crush Apple Cider.
"It was quite a strong class. There were no golds
given out in that category. There were four silvers
given out and we got two," she said.
The judges commented that more fruit weight was
required to achieve top awards and that there were
"some promising ciders" among the list.
Mrs Jachmann said she was happy to be getting the
Riverland name "out there".
"When they rang and asked if they could have our
cider at the awards night, I thought 'that is so good
for Loxton and the Riverland'," she said.
The two award-winning ciders will now be able to
feature the silver accolade on their labels and Mrs
Jachmann said it was "pretty special".
"It does take a little while for your brand to get
out there and everyone is trying to get recognised.
Hopefully these awards will help," she said.
Mrs Jachmann said demand for their product was
continuing to increase, with their ciders now sold in
every Australian state.
"We are just so grateful for the support the
Riverland people have given us and the number of
outlets we have in the Riverland is increasing," she
Pauline and Tony Jachmann featured their award winning product at the Riverland Wine and Food
Festival on the weekend.
-- Will Slee photo
Relay fundraiser this weekend
Local Relay for Life teams are making
final preparations and are training hard for
this weekend's fundraiser event.
The 19-hour fundraiser will begin at 2pm on
Saturday, with teams keeping their baton moving until
9am on Sunday.
For more information, visit the website (relayfor-
Local students off
to national final
Loxton High School has made
the national final of the Science
and Engineering Challenge for
the second consecutive year.
The school has had great success
in the past, finishing eighth overall
in last year's competition.
Science teacher Andrew Sayers
said the local group of students won
their first opening heat in July, before
progressing to the state final last
month and had luck on their side.
"At the state final, we finished sec-
ond, which is an excellent result, but
means we did not receive an invite to
the national final," he said.
"However, we received a last-min-
ute call up to the national final after
the late withdrawal from the Northern
Territory team and we enthusiasti-
cally accepted the offer."
The national final will take place
next Wednesday at the Adelaide
"Fortunately for us, South Australia
is hosting the event for the first time
in the event's 15 year history, which
means slightly less travel for the
team this year," he said.
Last year, the 30 year 10 stu-
dents travelled to Lismore, New
South Wales, where they pitted their
skills and knowledge against the top
schools in Australia.
Loxton placed eighth overall on
860.39 points, narrowly defeated by
seventh placed St Joseph's College
Nudgee on 866.21.
Mr Sayer said he was hoping for
good results again this year.
"The team is excited at the oppor-
tunity to compete in such a presti-
gious event," he said.
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