After last year dominated by a Diamond Jubilee, the Olympics and the Preston Guild, Goosnargh returned to its traditional date of the first Saturday in September to hold its 30th Flower, Produce and Craft Show.
Entries returned to more normal levels with some 400 in the open classes and over 300 in children’s classes.
Judges once again commented on the high quality of the exhibits including an excellent variety of kitchen produce, with chocolate cakes continuing to be very popular, and there were particularly tasty jams!
Exhibits from children were again very good with excellent home grown vegetables. It is fervently hoped this level of interest will ensure the continuity of the show as several committee members have more than 20 years of service and warmly welcome the involvement of younger members.
Prizes were presented by the 2013 president Mary Ibison, a member of the local Goosnargh family.
Results: Children’s Section - the Dorothy Parker Cup most points in under 6 age group: shared between Luke Littlechild and Harry Cox; cup for under 12s Keira Price and for U17s cup her sister Lianna, also winner of the Marian Kirby Cup and Shield for best art exhibit.
Keira also took the Pat Fletcher Trophy for best flower exhibit and the WI Cup for Overall Winner (Children). The Cup and Shield for the best craft exhibit was won by Byron Birkby.
Open Classes: most points and cup for flowers PF Piner; Cyril Williams for vegetables, Sheila Warburton (again!) for preserves and Kathryn Bamber (also again!) for confectionery; Marian Isherwood for handicrafts; overall Winners cups - Sheila Warburton (President’s Cup for a WI member) and Cyril Williams.
Trophies for Best Exhibits: Richard Hall (flowers), Jean Woolley (house plant), P F Piner (tomatoes), Fliss Pemberton (confectionery), Isobel Pinder (handicraft) and Alan Priestley (photography).
Winners also received cash prizes generously donated by Grange Garden Centre whose continued support the committee acknowledged with thanks.
Chairman Edwina Starkie thanked all the committee for their dedicated effort in staging the show, the judges and the many other helpers on the day for their vital contributions to its success.
The event finished with a raffle of excellent prizes, donated very generously by local traders and anonymous donors, and an auction of produce given by exhibitors.