There was a fantastic entry this year at the 114th Letham & District Horticultural Society’s Annual Flower Show and Industrial Exhibition held on Saturday 13th August. There was a total of 633 entries, the third highest entry in the last 20 years!
This along with the sunny day and the steady stream of visitors in attendance made it a most successful event. The stormy gales of the previous days meant the marquee could not be erected and all exhibits were held in the Village Hall.
It is always encouraging to see a large entry in the Children’s Section and this year was no exception with 148 entries.
In the under 5’s all the categories proved popular with some very imaginative sponge print paintings and delicious edible necklaces.
The 5-8 category was the most popular category with some fantastic vegetable caterpillars, lovely decorated boxes and intricate Lego models.
In the 9-12 category there was fierce competition between three young ladies with some very imaginative wind chimes, fantastic edible creatures, and highly decorated boxes.
In the open section for all age-groups, all classes proved popular with most entries in the floating flower heads and miniature gardens. The category for a photograph of a seaside theme which showed some fantastic different shots from crabs to toes wiggling in the sand! These were closely followed by the decorated stone category and the collages of a Space theme which showed a great display of imaginative designs.
There was a good number of entries in the Vegetable Section despite the lack of good ripening weather with broad beans, beetroots, courgettes, peas, potatoes and rhubarb being the most popular entries.
The Pot Plant section was popular with the more unusual exhibits of orchids and cacti. But the standout exhibit was an outstanding red begonia There were also beautiful fuchsia, coleus and unusual but striking insectivorous plants.
The Cut Flower section showed a colourful array of antirrhinums, pinks, gladioli, marigolds and pansies. But far and away the most popular entries were in the sweet pea category.
The floral theme continued in the Decorative Section which was well entered in every category with the competitors showing imaginative use of flowers and foliage in their displays including the ever popular bowls of floating flower heads. There were very impressive novel arrangements of artificial flowers incorporating horse-shoes, imaginative fresh foliage arrangements and some very delicate miniature arrangements in bottle tops.
In the Rural section the theme was “The Garden” and the ladies had certainly put their expert skills to full use with beautifully designed and imaginatively decorated flower pots, exquisitely sewn kneeling pads and gorgeous floral arrangements in watering cans. Edible entries consisted of mouth-watering quiches and pots of raspberry jam.
Although marks are not awarded for the display each Rural had ensured that their entry was beautifully and imaginatively displayed to convey the Garden Theme
The Handicrafts Section was well entered in every category and entries showed a range of practical and decorative skills. The more popular categories were knitted gloves, matinee jackets, cross stitch pictures, Christmas cards and the jewellery item category.
The Baking Section proved very popular with a good spread of edible entries. Staples such as scones, rock cakes and fruit loaves were most popular. However, there were even two entries in the new Forfar Bridie category – the bakers in Forfar beware!
The Jams and Jellies proved as popular as ever with lemon curd, raspberry jam, strawberry jam and chutneys being the most popular
All the above could have easily been washed down with the selection of wines, beers, ciders and liqueurs with the highest category being in the liqueur category with a very diverse range of liqueurs being entered.
The Fruit Section again was well supported with blackcurrants being by far the most popular category entered.
The Produce Section showed a good number of eggs entered with duck eggs winning the diploma.
The theme for this year’s Photographic Section was “Flowers” and proved extremely popular with some fantastic colourful photos of flowers in all sorts of close ups.
Finally, at the culmination of the Show there was a three-way tie for the most points overall between Tom Nelson, Cuparmuir, Miss Alison Irvine, Coaltown of Burnturk and Mrs Helen Ramsay, Kingskettle with the Betty Hay Trophy being awarded finally to Mr Tom Nelson, Cuparmuir for having the most firsts.
The sales table run by Miss Wilson, Ladybank proved to be popular with broccoli donated by Mrs E Crombie, Westhall.
Afternoon teas were provided by the 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 Alison Irvine and Innes Service and proved popular with a large number of children and grown-up children alike.
Trophies were presented by Honorary President Mrs Evelyn Crombie and young Millie Armstrong of Letham then presented Mrs Crombie with a bouquet of flowers as a thank you from the Society.
Willie Fenton, on behalf of the Society, 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 very successful 114th Show.
Whilst all possible care has been taken hopefully there are no errors but we woud be happy if people could let us know if they spot any.
The Flower Show Committee would like to thank all those who helped organise the Show, set up the hall and then at the end of the day take down the staging and tables and finally a big thank you to all who entered and made the Show a big success.