The Produce Show tent is always a star attraction at the village fete (especially when it’s raining!), but coming up with new ideas for classes each year can be quite a challenge.
Of course there is a hard core of old favourites. The tent would not be the same without its roses, hybrid tea and multi-headed, and the vases of cottage garden flowers. But it’s always hard to second-guess what kinds of things people would enjoy exhibiting.
Last year, for instance, a lack of entries in the older junior section told us we’d got something wrong. So, we’ve decided to lower the upper age limit to 12, and to encourage the older juniors to enter the adult classes. As luck would have it, Win Glendenning had found a trophy which was originally used when the W.I. used to run the show. So, we are now offering this – the Joan Sheard trophy – to the best under-16 entry in the adult classes.
Some simple rules to follow:
All gardening and cookery exhibits should be in a suitable container or on a plate. This makes it easier for us to move entries around as they come in.
Gardening: Leave stalks on all fruit and vegetables, and look for uniformity of size and colour. Big is not necessarily best.
Cookery: Preserves should be labelled to show date. All other entries should be wrapped in cling film or clear polythene bags.
Flower Arranging: Arrangements should be in proportion ,and should not exceed maximum dimensions where given.