Newton Park Horticultural Society‘s Annual Show yesterday where I was helping, stewarding and showing after an absence of some years. It was again held at the local Roxeth Community Church which I’ve not been to before, and have to agree with everyone that it’s a good venue with a light and airy main hall and a couple of other rooms for some of the classes and for refreshments.
There were just under three hundred entries, slightly down on last year mainly due to a regular serious dahlia grower/shower not being able to attend. Here are many of the flower, fruit and vegetable exhibits set out ready for judging.
I’d entered nine classes including a truss of the black tomatoes just as talking point as I knew that they wouldn’t win a prize. My other eight entries won four firsts, two seconds and two thirds which surprised and delighted me. Three were in the Novices Only category winning a first, second and third. The French beans and onions both won first prizes, with the latter being particularly pleasing as I was up against some previous winners. One of the white pattypan squashes was awarded a third.
In the Other Floral Classes I was delighted to win a first prize with my pink Cosmos.
The last of my entries was a picture of Foxy in A Photograph – Garden Visitors which came second to a superb robin photo which I certainly would have chosen as the clear winner.
My winnings came to the grand sum of £2-80, just over double the entry fees, and I then spent most of it on some yellow tulip bulbs.
After a delicious lunch the show opened to the public for a couple of hours, and it was good to see a steady flow of people looking round. I joined them and had another look at the colourful array whilst chatting with some of them including Martin, a onetime fellow shed helper, who’s sadly not in good health.
Three entries which caught my eye were these lovely dahlias, an unusual succulent and a wonderful Harvest Festival basket.
All too soon it was time to hand out the various cups, trophies and other prizes to the winning exhibitors.
There was an overflowing surplus produce stall which had nearly sold out by the time we packed up. My contribution included lots of French and runner beans, three patty pan squashes and some tomatoes.
It was a long and busy, but most enjoyable day which went quickly and smoothly. Christine, the show secretary, has already provisionally booked both the venue and judges again for next year and I’ll be there trying to emulate this year’s successes.
Have a good week!