AFTER entering the Penola Show Grand Champion Rose competition for around 20 years, resident Kathy Kelly was finally awarded first prize.
Ms Kelly’s Kardinal rose was crowned the winner on Saturday with her father Kevin Jarred receiving second place.
Learning the ropes from her dad, this year is the first time Ms Kelly has placed higher than him, making her win a little bit sweeter.
“I definitely got my love of roses from my dad,” she said.
“He has won before and received a few second placings as well, so every year it’s been a bit of a competition between the two of us.
“I’m pretty proud to finally get the win, but it’s also great that he won second place so we could do it together.”
Mr Jarred said he was proud of his daughter for winning the main prize even though it meant he missed out.
“We have a bit of a friendly rivalry, but I’m obviously very proud of her,” he said.
“With the show a little earlier, not everyone was able to get the best out of their roses, but Kathy managed to get something spectacular.
“Every year I help her pick out the best one for the show and this year was no different.”
The winner of the highly coveted event receives a cash prize of $1000, with runner-up receiving $500.
Ms Kelly is now setting her sights on taking out next year’s competition as well.
“Hopefully I can beat dad again and maybe even win,” she said.
“Whatever happens next year, we always have a great time taking part together.”