Member and supporters of Hathersage Horticultural Society defied drought, heat and cold winds to produce an outstanding display of produce at this year’s show.
Fears that entries might be down post pandemic were soon banished when the tables at the Village Memorial Hall started to groan under the weight of the outstanding number of exhibits as the show returned to its full-strength format complete with refreshments, raffle and prize giving.
Judges expressed their admiration for the quantity and quality in the classes declaring it to be one of the best local shows in the valley. But if there was one section that baulked the bumper trend it was the domestic classes, where, with the exception of preserves, entries were once again down. – Perhaps the cost of living crisis is taking a bite out of baking?
On the other hand it was very encouraging to see a healthy increase in the children’s entries and heartening for everyone that the show was enjoyed by so many visitors.
There are definitely some new names on the trophy roll of honour although Joe Hardy and Julia Gray, John Le Corney, Bob Musgrave and Brian Wilson still managed to polish off a fair amount of silverware between them. Junior trophies were won by Megan Hughes, Bella Marsden and Isla Grayson.