Entering exhibits in the Marquee
These hints are not comprehensive, but attempt to answer the most frequently asked questions and reflect comments that judges have made. The marquee is not run strictly on RHS or WI lines but our judges aim to be fair to those who exhibit seriously, with a little leniency where possible to encourage all to take part. Our judges are changed fairly regularly and some are stricter than others!
The most obvious piece of advice is to read the schedule carefully and comply with the requirements. It goes without saying that all entries must be grown or made by the entrant, the only exception being the flower arranging class when flowers may be brought in.
4. The roots of onions should be washed and the tops cut and dried. They may be exhibited on paper rings,if desired.
1. Don’t cram too many flowers in vase; although you are not being judged on the arrangement, display the blooms to their best advantage.
2. Make sure there is water in the vase. A bucket of water is always made available.
3. Trim dead and dying foliage and flowers off pot plants
2. Again, size restrictions are given for some classes and these should be complied with. If something is framed it is the overall size of the frame that counts.
Baking and Preserves
General: Read the schedule!! sizes and weights are given for many classes, we try to be flexible, hence “min. 1.5lbs, or 7” tin approx. This helps to accommodate exhibitors with either imperial or metric recipes/tins. Recipes that are a little bit different are likely to catch the judge’s palate, so for example a jam made from an unusual fruit or a combination of fruits is likely to go down well.
The first thing the judge will be looking for is a good ‘seal’, because this will confirm that the item is properly preserved. Do not be tempted to decant your jam or chutney into a nicer jar as the air1tight seal will then be lost.
2. Chutney Use clear glass jars without trade marks on the jar or lid. Use a twist top, not cellophane which is not suitable for chutney.
Please note the size restrictions in many of the classes.
In the children’s Classes, in some sections, the sections “Something I have Baked” and “Something I have Made” give maximum flexibility and choice. These items can be biscuits or cakes, for example, or an entire cake, and could include woodwork, metalwork or any kind of model-making.
New for 2019
Each year we change the schedule a little by dropping the least popular classes and adding some new ones. In Baking and Preserves, new classes this year are A Vegan Cake and A Focaccia.
This year the theme in class 37 (Flower Arrangement) is the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing. (This is also the theme for the Fancy Dress and the Scarecrow) In Photography the theme for adults (Class 42) is Village Life and for children (class 87) My best photo since the last show.
Don’t forget to have your entry Form in on time! August 8th at No.1 The Beeches, Benhall Green, IP17 1US