The 106th Hurst August Show organised by the Hurst Horticultural & Cottage Garden Society will take place at the Village Halls during the afternoon of Saturday 17th.
It offers the opportunity for the local community to join in and proudly exhibit items that have been grown or made, and have them assessed by a team of experienced judges. This year there are 140 horticultural, home industries and children's classes that range from the serious to the light hearted, and last year there was a total of 600 exhibits from 100 exhibitors.
This year there is even a "whoops" table for those brave enough to show that things do go wrong for even the most experienced bakers and preserve makers. There are also men only classes for an apple flan and for an arrangement in a tankard.
The primary aim of the show is to provide a fun community event however thanks to last year's success we did donate £500 of surplus funds to the 1st Hurst Air Scouts.
Everyone is welcome to enter, not just those who live in Hurst, and the deadline for entry is Wednesday 14th August. See details in the printed schedule that is widely available and also on the website: www.hursthorticulturalshow.org, where there are also some guidance notes for exhibitors.
From 1:00pm the event is open to everyone to view the exhibits, and enjoy the friendly atmosphere with the help of cream teas, a licensed bar, burgers, ice creams and live jazz. Entry is free for children under 18 years old and costs £2.00 for adults.
The extremely popular ten piece EMC Jazz band return this year and will start the first of its two 45 minute slots at 1:30pm. This is an amateur but very professional group of players and singer that made last year really swing with it's carefully chosen foot tapping tunes and songs. They are the band of the Earley Music Centre with music director Don Dobby.