A number of innovations in the classes, especially acceptance of 15/16 year olds who in previous years had to compete against adults, attracted some wonderful entries to the 41st annual Menston Show last Saturday.
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Dahlias made a big comeback, as did flowers generally following a summer which did not favour fruit and vegetables. Show stalwart Elizabeth Loy picked up two cups despite finding time to again mount her guessing game with animal, vegetable, mineral specimens; “I think I found five future geologists”, she said.
Junior entries showed a wide range of creativity and skill and best in show went to a superb bit of baking by Olivia Ashworth Ellis with her focaccia bread with olives and home grown rosemary. Handicrafts, both junior and adult, displayed tremendous skill.
Burley’s Dougie Ascough was back to scoop the fruit and vegetable trophy, share the flower trophy with Raymond Pollard for magnificent dahlias, and again take the overall show winner trophy.
Another innovation was to ask Barnoldswick town crier, Elisa Mowe, to present the trophies in her full regalia. Elisa, who spent much of her life in Guiseley, will be moving back to Menston to live soon.
Thanks to sponsors and donors
The show owes much to many donations from Menston businesses, including members of the Menston Business Association and the two sponsors, Menston estate agents Ribston Pippin, and Shipley Paint (Manor Coating Systems). Show President Sue Rix also paid tribute to the team of volunteers, including the show committee, who work tirelessly to make the show a success and invited anyone interested to join them to contact her.
Full results for all classes can be found by clicking on the Menston Show Results logo in the right hand column.