I’ve always enjoyed…

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!

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20 Responses to I’ve always enjoyed…

  1. Well done!
    Funny, 70 p whatever will you do with that?! Can’t even buy a packet of seeds.
    I have to ask, were the policemen uniformed or uninformed 😉

  2. CJ says:

    Wonderful, and very well done you. Seven out of eight is pretty good going! Your flowers look amazing, and the prizes were very well deserved. Glad it was such a good day. CJ xx

  3. menhir1 says:

    Some very nice plant specimens on show. It was evocative of agricultural shows.
    A great friendly community event on display.


  4. Liz says:

    That’s terrific. Well done! You Pretty Lady spray and sunflowers look amazing. Are the containers for flower specimens supplied – I note they are both green.
    With all the arts and crafts and baked goods in addition to the flowers and veg, it reminds me of an English country fair, which I suppose it is!
    Sounds like a fun day. Good work!

    • Flighty says:

      Liz thanks. Needless to say I was well pleased with them. The society provides the vases, which are mostly green. Yes, you’re right it has the indoor elements of a country fair.
      It sure was. Thanks again. xx

  5. Sharon says:

    well done on your wins and making a profit too!

  6. nikkipolani says:

    Well, hope you don’t think too hard about that £0-70! Congrats on your winnings. I can see that the two bouquets are quite eye-catching in their own way. Nice turn out (except for cucumber class).

  7. snowbird says:

    Love your flower entries! Well done you! How interesting seeing some of the other entries, love to know what tips you picked up. Now you can relax and chill.xxx

  8. Jo says:

    What a great result, seven prizes out of eight entries is fantastic. I think the sunflowers are very striking, I can see why they got a first, and of course, Pretty Lady is beautiful. It’s nice to see these shows still being entered into in the original spirit, it seems so many things are just money making rackets these days but you could never say that about a village show where seven prizes amass a profit of 70p haha. Don’t spend it all at once!

    • Flighty says:

      Jo thanks, I did much better than I thought I would. I was so pleased with the sunflowers, as well as the roses. It certainly is, and we were pleased that entries were noticeably up this year. I agree with you about entering, and the prize money. I won’t! xx

  9. Well done on that result. Seven out of eight is excellent.
    I think your flowers look good 🙂

    All the best Jan

  10. Well done on all your prizes

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