Are you preparing for the Show?
Do you grow any edible nuts or seeds?
There should be plenty ready –
hazels, sunflowers, pumpkin etc.
Just prepare them as you would normally for eating.
Lots of people make their own non-alcoholic drinks – bring along a bottle with appropriate information, eg to be used diluted or not, and the judges will make them up before they taste them. We are now going to be judging both hen and duck eggs, and some of the ‘any other’ vegetables now have their own class.
In the new ‘Miscellaneous’ section even non-growers can enter the
photo competition to celebrate organic growing in West Yorkshire –
interpret that how you want. And not a new class but a fun one! Bring
an example of this season’s disaster as a photo or the actual plant –
but nothing that will spread pests or diseases. Eg – the most eaten
brassica, carrot or potato, the most pathetic pumpkin or sweetcorn —
don’t be ashamed – we all have them!
In order to publicise the show and get more people to come and look
and hopefully to enter something we need everyone to put up copies of
the schedule or print out the front and back pages and display them
where you work or in local shops etc, or send to your local paper.
Also there will be a stall at Saltaire Farmers’ market on Saturday
21st August giving people a chance to see how we judge the produce and
to have a go themselves as well as our local growers available to give
gardening/exhibiting advice. We had hoped to do this in Keighley but
have heard that it is finishing – a great shame for Keighley – but are
planning to send a piece to the Keighley News instead.
We always need helpers at the show, especially to act as volunteer
helpers for the exhibitors while staging their exhibits and stewards
to support the judging. Also to help with the refreshments, at
registration time and setting/clearing up in general. The thanks you
get for being a volunteer are FREE REFRESHMENTS! Don’t worry if you’ve
not done any volunteering with us before – there will be guidelines to
help the stewards and plenty of people to tell you what needs doing.
Helpers tend to start arriving from 8/8.30 but most help needed
between 10 and 1.30.
Please let me know if you would like to act as a helper and what time
you will be available. We will be very grateful for any help you can
Finally we are producing a new leaflet to publicise WYOG and are
looking for some photos to go on it. Please email anything suitable to
me – an organic garden/allotment, pictures from recent potato days or
the last show, children gardening or anything else you think might be
suitable. Thank you.