Holyport Village Show encourages residents to 'grow their own'

Grace Witherden

Preparations are being made for this year’s Holyport Village Show and organisers hope the event will encourage people to ‘grow their own’.

The 21st annual show gives the community a chance to submit vegetables, fruits, flowers, cookery, crafts and photography to be judged for the chance to win a trophy.

Last year more than 530 entries were submitted to the show, which takes place at Holyport War Memorial Hall.

Andy Birrell, a member of the organising committee, said: “I would encourage everyone to enter the show. Some categories in the past have only had two to three entries, so even if you don’t think its good enough, you might still get a prize. You don’t know unless you try.

“It’s a nice afternoon. There’s tea, cake and exhibits to look at and we have a presentation in the afternoon with trophies.

“The show is great because it promotes growing your own, but there also other categories like cooking and photography.”

Andy will be entering a selection of produce from his allotment in Holyport and his children, Michael and Kathryn, are also hoping to enter this year’s show.

When asked about the importance of village shows to encourage growing your own, he said: “It’s exercise, you’re outdoors, I love spending evenings out here watching the sunset and watering the allotment.”

His son, Michael, aged 10, said: “With fruit and vegetables seeds don’t cost much, and you get more interesting fruit and vegetables than in the supermarket.”

Kathryn, aged 12, added: “You don’t know what the supermarkets put in the fruit and vegetables as well.”

The show will take place on Saturday, September 10 and the final date to submit entries is Saturday, September 3.

Entries for the show can be submitted to any of the committee members.

All children's categories are free to enter and other categories cost 25p per entry.

The show will be open to the public from 2pm and the prize-giving will take place from 4pm.

Visit www.holyportvillagesh ow.wordpress.com for a full schedule and information on how to submit exhibits.


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