Barrow upon Soar Craft and Produce Show was this year held on Saturday 17th October at the Methodist Church with just under 100 people entering 300 exhibits in the 82 different classes for both adults and children.
Classes ranged from the usual horticultural ones including the longest runner bean (one bean having a blue sticking plaster applied to it) to Cookery, Home Produce, Painting, Photography, Knitting, Crochet and Patchwork. The children’s classes were very popular especially “Something I grew myself” and it was lovely to see the excitement as the children came back in the afternoon to see if they had won and the lucky ones collected their certificates - but there was a prize for everyone. The “Disasters” class was also popular with some very funny looking vegetables on display! Any produce left behind after was donated to The Carpenter’s Arms, Loughborough.
The judges’ choice for Best in Show was awarded to Betty Stevens for her beautiful patchwork quilt and the people’s choice was a gigantic pumpkin grown by Simon Grant on the Nottingham Road Allotments - we think it is safe to say that this stole the show and was so heavy it needed two men to move it! The seeds have been saved for next year when we intend to have a Bean, Pumpkin and Potato Day on Saturday 6th May 2017 at 10.00 am at the Methodist Church but if all the pumpkins are returned we shall have to hire a forklift truck!
It was lovely to see some new faces this year as well as friends who have supported us from the beginning. Look out for details of next year’s show in Spring Barrow Voice - we aim to make it even better.