Layton Permanent Allotments Association
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The Blackpool Vegetable, Flower and Produce Show was held at Baguley’s Garden Centre on Saturday & Sunday 7th & 8th September 2013
Arranged by Layton Permanent Allotment & David Slack Allotment, the show was open to all Blackpool residents, not just allotment plot holders. The show attracted more than 200 exhibits in the following classes…
Fruit and Vegetables - Potatoes, tomatoes, beans, onions, carrots, cabbage, cauliflower, cucumber leeks, apples, berries and trug of kitchen vegetables.
Flowers - Dahlias, chrysanthemums, sweet pea, gladioli, carnations and floral arrangements
Produce - Victoria sponge, biscuits, fruit cake, lemon cake, mince pies, fruit pies, jams, chutney and honey.
The organisers received a great deal of help from all the staff at Baguley’s. From the donation of the use of their venue and poly tunnels to the assistance in preparing and setting up the show.
Despite the awful weather conditions nobody’s enthusiasm was dampened and the committee, together with a band of helpers, worked hard to make the final preparations for the show.
There was a certainly a ‘buzz’ in the air as exhibitors arrived in torrential rain early Saturday morning to carefully arrange their exhibits. By the time the judges arrived the area looked beautiful.
The invited judges for each class arrived. Whilst they examined every entry, exhibitors and visitors congregated in the refreshment area whilst judging took place. A stall sold tea/coffee, homemade donated cakes & biscuits. Homemade jams were available and a stall demonstrated beekeeping and sold honey made at the allotments.
After judging, exhibitors and the public were invited to view the exhibits and the winning entries in each section.
The exhibits were available for viewing until Sunday afternoon. Despite the changeable weather, the show received a steady flow of visitors, keen to see the exhibits, learn from the growers, enquire about future shows, view the products, plants and advice available from Baguley’s garden Centre and enjoy the refreshments and cakes.
At 3pm, Blackpool Mayor and Mayoress, Councillor Eddie Collett and Mrs Heather Collet, having viewed the exhibits, presented trophies and prizes in each category.
Many of the trophies were generously donated by local businesses and people. A number of businesses also sponsored individual categories in each class.
This was the first event arranged by the organising committee of the two allotments. The event received lots of positive feedback and the organisers have learnt ways to improve future shows. In all, a very successful first show.
Thanks to Bernie for assisting in producing this show report.
If you wish to sponsor a category or class at next years bigger show, then do contact us using the ‘contact’ link above.
View photos from the show by clicking on the small pictures below.
This will link you to Flickr to see the photos
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