Another momentous event in the village diary took place on Sunday, September 3rd 2017 – the annual Appleby Flower, Presentation and Produce Show!
A bright sunny morning set the scene for the Big Day. The delicious smell of last minute baking (and the odd smell of burning too!) with residents rushing to meet the deadline and the exciting prospect of a day soon to be packed with fun and good humoured rivalry beckoned!
Doors opened as usual for staging of produce at 11am. People soon began to arrive with their overflowing baskets, pots, boxes and bags. Although it wasn’t a record year for entries the event still attracted over 330 items spread over 114 classes by around 80 competitors. It’s a fantastic achievement!
The staging tables were soon weighed down with apples, tomatoes, beans, marrows, quince, plums, blackberries and all number of other edible fruits and veg as well as mouth wateringly delicious baked good, jams and marmalades. And then there was the crafts, the artwork, photographs, eggs, knitting, crochet and much more besides. The talent and artistry on show was once more fantastically high and hugely inspiring. It was really good to see so many ‘first timers’ at the show this year too.
Judging commenced at 1pm prompt. The judges were set the daunting task of choosing 1st, 2nd and 3rd places from the entries, a task they undertook with great skill, dilligence and good humour. Every single item is scrutinised closely and a winner chosen for its various attributes based on a recognised standard applicable to each class. It really is an exacting science.
The final decisions were made, prize cards written, envelopes filled with cash prizes for the lucky winners. Time then for a very quick cup of tea and a slice of cake and we were back ready to open the doors at 4.15pm to allow the participants, their friends and families back in.
It is always a ‘hairs on the back of your neck’ moment when people start flooding in and this year was no exception. Not only is it a chance to see the talented work of nimble or green-fingered residents on display it is also a super opportunity to say ‘hello’ to friends who maybe haven’t seen one another for a while.
At 5pm the formal part of the day commenced – the eagerly awaited presentation of the awards. A short speech by our Chair, Ian, was made, rightly containing a host of thank you’s to everyone who helped, took part, sponsored or supported the event in any way before the awards ceremonay proper got under way. Prizes and certificates were handed out to the lucky winners. The ‘Best Exhibit in Show’ trophy was presented to Sarah Bayley for her magnificent and intricately worked crochet throw. A full list of the trophy winners may be found below.
It was then time to hand over to Mr Ivor Keyes, Chairman of Appleby Parish Council, to announce the awards for the ‘best kept’ gardens, hedges and planters section, sponsored by the Parish Council.
All too soon it was time for the grand raffle draw and then the good humoured fast paced auction of exhibits donated by the exhibitors. All the funds raised by the event stay in Appleby to support and safeguard the running of the Show for future generations.
The abiding memory of the day, as always, is of smiles and good natured fun. Thank you one and all – and see you next year for the 52nd Show!
Please scroll down for lots more photos!
Heartfelt thanks to the following people and organisations who sponsored the event:
Hornsby Accounts Ltd, Appleby
John and Margaret Arrand
Penny, Lisa, Jenny, Anita and Ian
ALL the helpers, including: Ellen, Dan, Tara, Rick, Martyn, Clive, and many more – you know who you are!
Most of all – the good people of the parish, their families and those with close associations with the village who’s entries made the day so memorable. THANK YOU!
Most Points – WI Member – Sheila Rhodes
Most Points – all adult classes – Suzanne Fernando
Most Points – all junior classes – Freya Bayley
Tallest Sunflower – Sophie & Charlotte Grant
Best in Category – Flower (fruit, veg & flowers) – Rick Prior
Best in Category – Presentation (arts & crafts) – Sarah Bailey
Best in Category – Everything Else – Penny Haigh
Best in Category – All Juniors – Freya Bayley
Best Exhibit in Show – Sarah Bailey
The ‘Best Kept’ Awards, sponsored by Appleby Parish Council –
Best Kept Front Garden:
1: Mr L Whitely and Ellie
2: Mr H Chambers
3: Mr & Mrs J Robinson
Best Maintained Front Hedge:
1: Mr & Mrs C Prior
2: Mr & Mrs D Sheard
Most Colourful Baskets and Planters:
1: Jo Drury & Steve Empson
2: Mr & Mrs E Walker
Exhibits and other photos from the day: