Growing Entries at Letham Flower Show
There was a fantastic entry this year at the 113th Letham & District Horticultural Society’s Annual Flower Show and Industrial Exhibition held on Saturday 8th August. There was a total of 667 entries, 101 more than last year and the biggest entry in more than 20 years! This along with the glorious weather on the day and the steady stream of visitors in attendance made it a most successful event.
It is always encouraging to see a large entry in the Children’s Section and this year was no exception with 162 entries. Individual Trophy winners in the age sections were (under 5’s) – Rory Hamilton, Letham; (5-8’s) -Ben Brincat, Letham; (9-12’s) -Helen Black, Letham and in the 13-16’s -Sophie Smith, Letham.
In the under 5’s all the categories proved popular with some very imaginative decorated paper plates and delicious sweetie necklaces.
The 5-8 category proved very popular with some great vegetable animals, lovely decorated jam jars and yummy decorated cupcakes.
In the 9-12 category again there were some very imaginative entries in the edible gardens and creative decorated plant pots.
In the open section for all age-groups, all classes proved popular with most entries in the photograph of a flower category which were all very artistically taken and displayed. These were closely followed by the decorated stone category which showed a great array of designs, and then the floating flower heads in a cereal bowl which were very attractive. The winner of the Crichton Memorial Trophy for best vegetable grown by a child was won by Kirsty Cuthbert for her fantastic red onion.
The category for the ever popular miniature garden produced an array of innovative designs with the novel winning garden displaying actual growing material. The overall Children’s trophy – the R Storrar Cup for most points overall was won by Millie Armstrong, Letham. The Alex Garden Cup for the best miniature garden was won by Holly Hamilton, Letham and the Archibald Wilson Challenge Trophy for the tallest sunflower was won by Madeline Smiles, Letham. The Diploma for the Best Item in the Childrens Section was won by Cameron Service, Collessie for his edible garden in a tin lid.
There was a good number of entries in the Vegetable Section despite the lack of good ripening weather with potatoes, peas, onions and cucumbers being the most popular entries. Les Wheelans, Cupar won the Sir Thomas Paxton Cup for most points overall with Mr Bruce Forrest, Letham winning the Adam Hall Memorial Quaich and the Diploma for the best exhibit in red onions.
There was a good increase in the Pot Plant section with cacti proving most popular and some lovely coloured begonia and unusual but striking insectivorous plants. But the standout exhibit was a standard fuchsia displayed by Mr R McConnell of Coaltown of Burnturk which won him the Diploma for Best Exhibit. The Sir Thomas Paxton Challenge Cup for most points overall was won by Mrs B Jamieson, Auchtermuchty and a new trophy for Best Orchid kindly donated by Mr & Mrs Forrest, Letham was won by Mrs J Ramsay-Service, Collessie. The Cut Flower section again showed an increase in exhibits with phloxes, herbaceous and sweet peas being the most popular. Mr T Nelson, Cuparmuir swept the board winning the Donald G McDonald Cup for most points, the Dowie Trophy for best exhibit in Pot Plants and Cut Flowers and the Diploma for best exhibit in Cut Flowers for his stunning sweet peas.
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 Lady J Spencer-Nairn for her fresh foliage arrangement.
The judges’ job proved hard in most Sections and there was no exception in the Rural competition with 4 Rurals from the area competing. The theme this year was “A Christening Celebration”.
Expert skills were displayed with beautifully designed and crafted cards and babies cardigans. Edible entries consisted of gorgeous decorated sponge cakes and were finished off by table fresh flower posies. All entries had chosen pink as their colour scheme which made the overall display very pleasing to the eye. The Section and the Ophdal Cup was won by Kingskettle. Dairsie were runners up with Kilmany 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 baby’s cardigan which scored full marks.
The Handicrafts Section was down slightly but proved popular in every category and showed a range of practical and decorative skills. The more popular categories were knitted gloves, matinee jackets and the jewellery item category. Mrs Liz Kervell, Ladybank won the Society Challenge Cup for most points in the Handicrafts Section. The Pioneer Trophy for best exhibit in the Handicraft Section and the Diploma was won by Mrs Mary Black, Clubston for her hardanger mat. The Paterson Trophy For most points overall in the Industrial Section was won by Mrs Helen Ramsay, Kingskettle.
The Baking Section proved very popular with all categories well entered with scones, pancakes, sponges and tablet proving most popular. There was also a good entry in the set recipe for battenburg cake which was won by Dr Jim McGeorge, Dunshalt who also won the Connacher Shield for most points won by a gent. The Bonthrone Cup for most points in the Baking Section was won by Mrs H Ramsay, Kingskettle. The Mary Dalrymple Trophy, originally donated by her family to Letham W.R.I. and following its closure was donated to the Flower Show, along with the Diploma for Best Exhibit was awarded to Miss L Strachan, Kettlebridge for her delicious tablet
The Jams and Jellies proved as popular as ever with Miss E Wilson, Ladybank 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, ciders and liqueurs which saw a massive increase for such a small category. The Alex Green Cup for most points overall was won by Mrs Juliet Forrest, Letham. The Diploma for best exhibit went to Mrs G MacLean, Bow of Fife for her sloe gin,
The Fruit Section again showed a huge increase with blackcurrants proving most popular and the Alistair Foggie Trophy for most points overall and the Diploma for best exhibit for her entry of apples went to Miss E Wilson, Ladybank.
The Produce Section showed another good increase with Brian Service, Collessie winning the Paterson Rosebowl and the Diploma for the best exhibit being awarded to Miss Katie Spencer-Nairn, Rankeilour for her coloured eggs.
The theme for this year’s Photographic Section was “Animals – Wild or Domesticated” and proved very popular with some fantastic close-ups of all sorts of animals. The Industrial Medal for this category being won by Mr G Smith Letham.
Finally, following the culmination of the Show the Betty Hay Trophy for most points overall was won Miss Alison Irvine, Coaltown of Burnturk.
The Show attracted a good turnout and the marquee drew visitors to the stalls there.
The sales table run by Miss Wilson, Ladybank proved to be popular with broccoli from Mrs E Crombie, Westhall and the insectivorous plants donated by Mr John Wall, Letham for children of all ages to try their hand at these fascinating plants.
The Vegetable Tombola was run by Innes Service, Collessie and was a great hit with the visitors. The Show Committee are very grateful for the donations of vegetables from Kettle Produce and the beautifully presented fruit from Tesco.
Debbie Smiles, Letham manned the raffle ticket table which was greatly supported by the visitors to the Show.
Afternoon teas were provided by the various ladies in the kitchen who did a sterling job serving a steady flow of thirsty visitors.
Outdoor games of putting, tub ball and horseshoe throwing was run by Claire McDonald, Dundee, Sophie Smith and Andrew Black, Letham proved popular with a large number of children and grown-up children alike.
Trophies were presented by Honorary President Lady Spencer-Nairn, who also presented the raffle and outdoor games prizes. Young Madeline Smiles of Letham then presented Lady Spencer-Nairn with an orchid as a thank you.
President Mrs Sheila Simmers thanked all the competitors, helpers and visitors who made the Show possible and for making it such a success.
The Show was rounded off with an auction of exhibits that had been very kindly donated by the competitors thus closing what had been a successful 113th Show.