Capel Show is Growing!
It’s not just the fruit and vegetables that have been growing at the annual Capel Show. A record number of people visited Capel Recreation Ground on Saturday (16 August) to enjoy a larger than ever number of exhibits across the entire show. The Horticultural Society had over 750 entries to exhibits in the grand marquee. There were new classes to attract children to growing plants and some wonderful, and sometimes weird, vegetable collections! Delectable cakes and chutneys sat alongside floral displays, handicrafts and photographs. Outside, the Classic Car and Bike Show had 620 vehicles on display. This year all the Italian marques, from fiat to Ferrari, were represented. The fun Dog Show had more beautiful pets than in previous years whilst various stallholders exhibited a huge variety of goods and home produce. Potters, parrots, plantsmen, spinners, ferrets, jam and cake makers,wood turners, birds of prey – stalls to entertain and educate all ages.
Chris Coke, Chairman of Capel Horticultural Society, said “The enthusiasm of our local community to enter and attend the Summer Show grows year on year. It is hugely encouraging to see so many people growing and enjoying their own produce. I am delighted with both the numbers and standard of entries.”
Laurence Attridge won the highly prized Banksian Medal as the overall winner of the horticultural classes and, as he did last year, Robert Astrop won the Royal Horticultural Society’s Bronze Medal for the most meritorious exhibit in cut flowers and pot plants (please see full list Summer Show Results for more results).