Monday 21 August 2017

The Llanrwst Show 2017

Saturday saw us up and about early, bleary eyed from a 6am alarm call, sorting out the chickens, feeding and walking the dogs ... and me frantically making a second batch of scones as my first came out like cheesy Frisbees.

Then it was a question of packing up all my carefully prepared choices from the polytunnel and veggie patch the day before and setting off for the show.  Llanrwst is only a couple of miles along the road so it didn't take us long to get there, we did drive through two rain showers on our way though so that made us a bit concerned.

Last years show was virtually a washout with horrendous heavy rain and gale force winds, we did not want an action replay of that for the organisers to cope with.  This years show just HAD to be a success to try and recoup some of the enormous expense it must cost to put on a show of this size.

My offerings were staged alongside lots of other peoples in the Horticulture and Homecraft marquee, and there was a lot of good natured banter as we all titivated our vegetables and arranged dahlias and flowers to within an inch of their lives, and then we set off for home.

Judging in the tent was from 10am until 1pm so we thought it better to be at home getting on with jobs and then come back to have a good look round the show in the afternoon.

We got back at about 2ish and made our way straight to the tent to see what the results were.  To be honest I had not expected too much this year as the quality of the exhibits we had watched being unpacked earlier had been very high.  But there in the egg class ...

... were our eggs with a Third place card.

In this class unlike John's at Trelawnyd the eggs have to be matching, and raw

The judges are looking for super freshness, ie. the two layers of white being very distinct and the yolk bright and well domed.  At Trelawnyd they have to be freshly cooked and displayed with the yolk central when the judge cuts into them.

I felt vindicated for doing a second batch of scones as the new ones got me a Second place :-)

I didn't enter a Scotch Egg ... but I thought I'd put this photo in ... just in case John comes over for a visit to this post.  It's always good to see a man drool   ;-)

Moving along the table I spied that my Blackberry Whisky had got a Second.

So in the Homecraft section I got two Seconds and a Third  :-)

At the other side of the tent were the veggie and flower classes.

I got a first for '5 Tomatoes with Calyx'

A First for my Salad basket (must contain one lettuce and 2 others).

A Second in the Open Section for '5 Tomatoes with calyx'.

No, your eyes aren't deceiving you there are only four tomatoes on the winning plate!!  Somebody pinched one of the winners tomatoes .... it wasn't me honest!!  Seemingly the Judge conferred with the organisers and was told that there were definitely five tomatoes at the start of the day!!

A Second for my Truss of Tomatoes.

I was gutted that a lovely bright red, fully ripe tomato fell off the truss as I was putting it into the bag at home, that would most likely have made it the winner.  I did debate sticking it back on with superglue .... but honesty won over  ;-)

I got a Second for my pair of marrows.

A First for my jug of 'six freshly cut herbs'.

A Second for my Courgette, in the 'Any Other Vegetable Not on the Schedule' class.

And as the only entry in the Five French Marigolds class .... I got a First here too.

I used to feel a bit funny getting a winners card if I was the only entry, but it was explained to me that even if you are the only entry, the item entered has to fulfill all competition criteria and 'be a good example of it's type'.

So a total of four Firsts and four Seconds.

And £25.50 in prize money  :-)

Before coming home we had a good look around the Show, chatted to friends and neighbours ...

... and drank cider and drooled over tractors
Well that was mostly Alan not me, although I did join in with the cider bit  ;-)

A good day was had by all despite the occasional shower of rain, and next year we will be back, with more vegetables, more alcoholic beverages and hopefully some wooden items from Alan's brand new workshop ... he has been challenged to bring home a winners card all of his own.

Sue xx


  1. Well done Sue - You have done very well indeed. Looks like a great day out and you came home a winner - Result!!

  2. What a lovely day out and well done you.

  3. Very well done. I love a proper country show.

  4. Congratulations, all your hard work has paid off. You must be feeling very pleased with yourself

  5. Well done, a good sense of accomplishment xx

  6. Congratulations - I am sure it will have spurred you on to greater things next year - that's the trouble with these shows.

  7. Well Done all all those prize winning goodies. You'll soon need a special room for all those certificates!They give good prize money at LLanwrst....... Used to be 20p,30p and 50p at Knodishall.
    Think that tractor is just a tad large for your holding!

  8. Well done !! They all look well deserved wins...but more importantly well done for entering so many classes, as one of the committee members for the Prestatyn Flower Show we always point out that without people entering we wouldn't have a show at all, so congratulations Sue.

  9. Nicely done I enjoy these show posts a great deal.

  10. How wonderful - and well deserved after all your hard work.

  11. Looks like a good day out. Well done on your winnings.

  12. Everything looks so delicious! Congratulations on your winnings - and I didn't realize there was prize money involved ... that is even more fun!

  13. Sue, you must have been so excited to see your success! Such a lot of work went into your entries as well. Really interesting to see that in Wales the colors of the placings are different to ours in Australia. Ours is Blue=1st, Red=2nd, Green=3rd.
    Well done and congratulations! :)

  14. Congratulations on your winnings, country shows only thrive when there is participation like yours.
    I love entering shows and encourage the grandchildren to enter too.
    Sue from Victoria, Australia

  15. What a brilliant set of entries! Congratulations on your success. Do love a good village show. (Wanders off to find my "most inventive use of turnip in baking" certificate)

  16. Well done for winning all those prizes! It must be very satisfying. I'm beginning to think that maybe I could /should have a go at Showing, because I do sometimes manage to produce some good-looking veg...

  17. Congratulations, beautiful veggies!


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