After a terrible day of thunder, lightning and torrential rain the day before the Show the sun shone through on the 112th Letham and District Horticultural Society’s Annual Flower Show and Industrial Exhibition on Saturday which was held in the Village Hall.
There was a slight decrease in the number of entries from last year 10 year high although the exhibitors provided a colourful and attractive display for the steady stream of visitors attending the show.
It is always encouraging to see a large entry in the Children’s Section and this year was no exception. Individual trophy winners in the age sections were (under 5’s) Fraser Armstrong, Letham; (5-8’s) Madeline Smiles, Letham ; (9-12’s) Cameron Service, Collessie and in the 13-16’s Sophie Smith, Letham.
In the under 5’s all their categories proved popular with some very arty pictures of animals, sponge print paintings and crafty sweetie necklaces.
In the 5-8 category the entries for the junk model category attracted a good entry showing some great creative designs and there was also a large entry in the bird mosaic showing some excellent designs.
In the 9-12 category again there were some very imaginative entries with a new category of wind chimes which were displayed across the roof of the marquee so they could be heard to full effect and some delicious edible gardens.
In the open section for all age-groups, all classes proved popular. There was a large display of highly imaginative decorated hard boiled eggs, some very artistic and novel collages of fish and a great entry in the vegetable grown by a child showing the talents of our gardeners of the future. The winner of this category was awarded a newly donated trophy by the Crichton family in memory of Mr Willie Crichton of Freuchie who was renowned in gardening circles for his large exhibition onions.
Mr Crichton had been so impressed with the previous year’s entries that he expressed a desire to award a trophy to the Childrens Section. In honour of his connection with gardening it was decided to award this for the category of vegetable grown by a child and Cameron Service of Collessie is the first recipient with his entry of an enormous curly kale plant.
The Section also retained the ever popular miniature garden which produced a wide array of exciting and innovative designs.
The overall Children’s trophy – the R Storrar Cup for most points overall was won by Sophie Smith, Letham who also won the Diploma for the Best Exhibit for her decorated mask. The Alex Garden Cup for the best miniature garden was won by Madeline Smiles, Letham and the Archibald Wilson Challenge Trophy for the tallest Sunflower was won by Innes Service, Collessie.
The good weather brought a good entry in the Vegetable Section . There were a large number of entries in French beans, excellent examples of red onions along with good entries in peas, rhubarb and tomatoes.
Alex Duff, Pitlessie won the Sir Thomas Paxton Cup for most points overall with Mr Les Wheelans, Cupar winning the Adam Hall Memorial Quaich and the Diploma for best exhibit for his red onions.
Despite the catchment area being extended to Fife wide the Pot Plants and Cut Flowers Section was down on last year’s entries. However there was still a wonderful display of begonias and cacti, coleus, insectivorous plants and outstanding fuchsias. A magnificent display of gladioli made a welcome return to the Show. There were stunning displays of dahlias in vibrant colours, topped off by a magnificent bowl of dahlias which attracted fierce bidding at the auction at the end of the show.
Mr. A Hain, Cuparmuir won the Sir Thomas Paxton Challenge Cup, the Donald G McDonald Cup the Dowie Trophy and the Diploma for best exhibit in Cut Flowers for his lovely sweet peas.
The Diploma for best exhibit in Pot Plants was won by Mrs B Jamieson, Auchtermuchty for her beautiful orchid.
The floral theme continued in the Decorative Section with the competitors showing imaginative use of flowers and foliage in their displays including bowls of floating flower heads .There were very impressive, colourful fresh posies in cream jugs, fresh foliage arrangements and some very delicate miniature arrangements in bottle tops. All categories were well entered and Mrs S Simmers, Myrecairnie won the Monimail House Trophy for most points overall and the Diploma for best exhibit was won by Mrs J Munro, Letham for her stunning table centre arrangement using lily blooms .
The judges’ job proved hard in most Sections and there was no exception in the Rural competition with 5 Rurals from the area competing. The theme this year was “House Warming Party”. Expert skills were displayed with beautifully designed and crafted cards and placemats. Edible entries consisted of savoury quiches and sultana cake and were finished off by table centre floral arrangements.
The Section and the Ophdal Cup was won by Letham. Auchtermuchty were runners up and Kettle and District were third. The Betty Hay Memorial Trophy for the best exhibit in the Rural Section was awarded to Mary Black of Kilmany W.R.I. for her faultless placemat which scored her full marks.
The Handicrafts Section proved popular in every category and showed a range of practical and decorative skills. The more popular categories were knitted scarves, a lovely array of soft toys. Decorative items included items of jewellery using any craft, baby celebration cards and imaginative entries for a teddy dressed in a sports themed outfit.
Mrs Liz Kervell, Ladybank won the Society Challenge Cup for most points in the Handicrafts Section and also the Paterson Trophy for most points in the Industrial Section. The Pioneer Trophy for best exhibit in the Handicraft Section and the Diploma for best exhibit was won by Mrs Mary Black, Clubston for her exquisite placemat .
The Baking Section proved most popular with all categories well entered with scones, biscuits and traybakes proving popular alongside a large variety of brown and white loaves. There were innovative cupcake designs and for the sweet toothed good entries in tablet and marzipan fruits.
The set recipe for a cherry loaf was won by Alison Irvine, Burnturk who also won the Bonthrone Cup for most points overall with the Diploma for Best Exhibit being won by Heather Henderson, Pitlessie for her fruit loaf.
Dr J McGeorge swept the board in the winning the G Connacher Shield for most points won by a gentleman in the Baking Section.
The Jams and Jellies proved as popular as ever with Mrs K Black, Letham winning the Euphemia Hay Memorial Trophy for most points overall. The Diploma for the best exhibit went to Mrs S Simmers, Myrecairnie for her apple jelly.
All the above could have easily been washed down with the selection of wines, beers and liqueurs. The Alex Green Cup for most points overall was won by Mrs Juliet Forrest, Letham. The Diploma for best exhibit went to Wendy Jack, Craigrothie for her bramble gin,
The Fruit Section was won by Miss E Wilson, Ladybank winning both the Alistair Foggie Trophy and the Diploma for best exhibit for her entry of redcurrants.
In the Produce Section Brian Service, Collessie won the Paterson Rosebowl with the Diploma for the best exhibit being awarded to young Skye Cuthbert, Daftmill for her duck eggs.
The theme for this year’s Photographic Section was “Transport” where entrants had to display four different modes of transport allowing the entrants to show imaginative displays from walking to horse riding to hot air ballooning and all manner of means of transport in-between .The Industrial Medal being won by Mr G Smith Letham.
Finally, following the culmination of the Show the Betty Hay Trophy for most points overall was won by Mr A Hain, Cuparmuir.
The Show attracted good turnout who were able to test their skills on an indoor game organised by Alison Irvine, Coaltown of Burnturk. The sales table run by Sharon Graham, Lindiferron proved to be popular, There were a variety of vegetables donated by local farmers with the broccoli from Mrs E Crombie, Westhall proving very popular. Mr J Wall also donated a number of insectivorous plants to enable children of all ages to try their hand at these fascinating plants.
The Vegetable Tombola was run by Innes Service and was a great hit with the visitors.
Afternoon teas were provided by the ladies who did a sterling job in the kitchen serving a steady flow of thirsty visitors.
Outdoor games of putting, tub ball and horseshoe throwing run by Lynne Harvie , Lindiferron proved popular with a large number of children and grown-up children alike.
Trophies were presented by Mrs M Calley, Life Member, who also presented the raffle prizes.
President Mr W Fenton thanked all the competitors, helpers and visitors who made the Show possible and hoped we would be back again next year.
The Show was rounded off with an auction of exhibits that had been donated by the competitors thus closing what had been a very successful 112th Show.