It was another impressive year for the show with hundreds of visitors flocking into the Town Hall. Judges cast a keen eye over the high standard of entries during another challenging growing season for many local gardeners which has seen a hot summer followed by gale force winds that damaged many poly tunnels. The large number of exhibits showed a great perseverance and support for the show which is becoming a firm favourite in the exhibitor calendar.
There were plenty of gorgeous blooms and impressive vegetables to look at with growers from Bishop Auckland and around the area exhibiting in the show. With forty three different categories, including everything from chrysanthemums to cauliflowers, exhibitors went head to head for prizes including medals and certificates from the Chrysanthemum and Dalilah Societies to which the show is affiliated.
Thanks to Tam Mayor from The Auckland Project who helped judge the Home Produce Section and has been working for weeks with different groups, extra tables had to be laid out to accommodate the big rise in the number of entries to the children’s section which included photographs, paintings, poems, cress heads and painted pebbles. Thanks also to Anne-Williams Maughan who stepped in last minute to help judge the Children’s Section and Home Produce Section.
Special thanks went to those who helped to organise the show, Trevor Hogg, Joan Hogg, Chris Davidson and Liz Drake, who were delighted to see their hard work pay off having been preparing for a number of months.
The Mayor of Bishop Auckland David Fleming praised the show saying:
“It was fantastic to see so many vegetable entries, beautiful flowers, children’s entries and home baked goods’ and importantly everyone joining in and having a good time.”
“I am also so very grateful to the exhibitors and members of the public who made generous donations for my chosen charity in aid of Woodhouse Community Foodbank, where a massive £350 was raised!” he added.
All leftover vegetables were also donated to the Foodbank.