THE 65th ANNUAL SHOW of the Hedon and District Chrysanthemum Society brought a touch of colour to an otherwise gloomy day on Saturday (2nd Nov 2013).
To win trophies for the best blooms requires some skill, time and dedication. Glen Spencer was competing in one of the Chrysanthemum categories and said that a show bloom would normally be grown in a greenhouse, under controlled conditions, and take about 10 months to grow. The judges would inspect all aspects of the blooms which would have to be uniform, unblemished, have balanced foliage and be well-presented. But once mastered – whether a winning bloom or not – the resulting flowers are marvellous.
It wasn’t just ‘Chrysanths’ on display in the Alexandra Hall on Saturday, but super-sized, immaculate vegetables as well. Giant leeks, onions, carrots and cabbage require their own particular green-fingered skills to cultivate well – but there were lots on display. Dylan Sawyer needs a special mention; the 8-year-old won the award for the best vegetable grown by a child for his presentation of mini carrot, onion and pepper!
Cookery and crafts were on display too. Mr Terry Hepton was delighted with his rose-bowl trophy awarded for his painting of the American clipper Flying Cloud.
Show Organiser John Newby gave his thanks to all the entrants and to the two judges who, he said, had done a sterling job.
Traditional shows like this take an enormous effort to organise. After a few days rest, the organisation of next year’s show will begin. The involvement of people in them is the key factor leading to their success – so if you feel inspired to plant, cultivate, produce, paint, stitch or cook, then get 1st November 2014 firmly in your diary now!
This Annual Show is an event that the whole family can take part in!
The prizes were awarded by Hedon Deputy Mayor, Councillor John Dennis. Apologies for any spelling mistakes in the names of the winners!