Newton Park Horticultural Society’s annual show and this years, held yesterday, certainly lived up to expectations. I entered eight classes and was more than pleased to win seven prizes. My three flower exhibits won two firsts and a second, the best of these being the four sunflowers Ring of Fire. The other two being the rose Pretty Lady, with the cluster getting a first and a single bloom a second.
My two cucumbers Marketmore got a first by default as, rather surprisingly, there were no other entries in the Class. I didn’t show the three onions Sturon that I mentioned previously as I wasn’t happy with one of them but entered four smaller ones which won a second, with six runner beans Firestorm and six yellow tomatoes Golden Crown both getting thirds.
Having set out my entries I then spent the rest of the day stewarding as usual. By mid-day the the main hall and side room were full of flowers, vegetables, cakes, preserves and handcrafted items comprising well over three hundred entries and it was time for the three regular judges to start.
This year I went round the Preserve, Cookery and Handicraft classes with Pam rather than the flowers or vegetables with one of the two Colin’s. I’d not done this before but, as usual, it was interesting to see how prize winners in these Classes were chosen, and learn a few tricks of the trade as well.
Once judging was completed all present adjourned for lunch before opening the doors to the public. It was good to met people and chat, including three uniformed police officers who looked round before enjoying tea and cake. Several entries caught my eye including this fluffy and spiney catus and the imaginative apple bear.
At four o’clock the various cups, medals and trophies were presented, with many of them going to the usual handful of dedicated growers and showers along with some to other well deserved, and delighted, prizewinners. The prize money was also given out, which in my case amounted to £2-30. I had to smile as given that I paid £1-60 in entrance fees I wondered what to spend the other £0-70 on.
Little more than an hour later the hall was empty and it was all over for another year. It had been a long, busy tiring, but thoroughly enjoyable, day and I’ll be happy to do it all again next year.
Have a good week!