Another hugely successful show with 25% increase in entries and show visitors over last year.
A village show’s hard work encouraging the local community to join in resulted in this big rise in entries . There was a total of over 600 entries by 135 people, which covered the garden and home produce competitive classes, as well as the popular fun scarecrow class and the arts, crafts and photography sections.
Good weather made a big difference but efforts earlier in the year to attract new people to enter exhibits in one or more of the 140 classes seemed to have worked. The EMC Jazz band filled the air with great music and were again very popular. They are pencilled in for next year already
Show chair Keith Attfield said: “We were delighted to welcome many more entrants. It can be hard for shows these days to attract people to take part.
“We look forward to seeing everyone again next year. Everyone in Hurst and the local community is invited to join in and enter the classes.”
The show encourages everyone , and not just the village of Hurst, to join in to have fun, maybe learn something, and possibly win a first prize or even a cup. All children's classes have medals presented for first, second and third place.
Next year's show is on 22 August , anyone can enter classes which are organised into scarecrow, home industries, horticulture, and children's sections.
The first show organised by the Hurst Horticultural & Cottage Garden Society was in 1902 and this year's was the 106th.
More information is on the website: www.hursthorticulturalshow.org.
“One of our team, Heather Howarth, was awarded the President’s Cup for her work talking to local organisations, encouraging their members to enter.
“Our photography judge Jeff Hopkins also spread the word. We had 55 photos this year, up from 18 last year. It was an interesting display.”
Home industries, including cookery art and craft, rose from 225 to 296 entries. Fruit, vegetable and flower entries rose to 236 after last year’s long hot summer dip. There were a total of over 600 show entries.
Mr Attfield thanked all the show team for their support, enthusiasm and hard work, mentioning that Eric Rockall and David Howarth never even see the show because they are busy organising the large and full car park.
“Visitors kindly told us the show was a good success. I felt it was a friendly, community event with a happy atmosphere. The children were dancing to the EMC Jazz Band which was popular again.
“We had cream teas, a bar, children’s games and stalls selling plants and Hurst honey. The Alexander Devine hospice charity ran a stall again.