Wednesday, 24 May 2017

2017 Coffs Harbour Show

The rainy weather on the Sunday of the show significantly dropped attendance figures for the Coffs Harbour 2017 Show. 

However having said that, this didn't prevent a good cross-section of our community participating in the Exhibition Hall competitions as the weather was stunning in the lead up to the show.

Coffs Harbour Garden Club provide the Chief Steward for Fresh Produce, Honey, Cut Flowers, Pot Plants and Floral Art, Stewards and organise the Judges and setting up and breaking down for these sections.

The brilliant Autumn weather lately made for some spectacular produce in Section 10 - Fresh Produce and Honey. The children's classes were once again well represented with some outstanding exhibits.

The climate here on the Coffs Coast allows gardeners to provide some excellent fruits and vegetables for the competition.

Judge for this Section of the show, Steve McGrane was impressed with the quality of exhibits and enjoyed the challenge to award prizes.

The 2017 Show (being a later show) has allowed for more cucurbits to be presented and there were also some high quality other vegetables benched.

The eggs this year were fantastic and presented excellently.

Citrus fruits are always consistently entered with many different varieties shown.

The Honey exhibit numbers were such that there wasn't a competition because there were only two entries, both from the same producer. This is very, very disappointing as honey exhibits had been so competitive in the past. One has to ask why the lack of entries? There are so many people, schools, community groups, community gardens and a local beekeeping group who keep bees, surely an area of Coffs Harbour's size can support classes of honey and honey products in their local Agricultural Show? Is it due to lack of promotion of this element in our local Show? Perhaps there is a need for better communication to these people for future shows.

Congratulations to all who entered in this Section at the show. It does take some effort to prepare your exhibits and get them into the Exhibition Hall undamaged and ready for judging.

The Professional Florist Competition was not held due to it being Mothers Day and all the Florists were flat-chat preparing bouquets and arrangements for many much-loved mums in the district. This element of the Exhibition Hall is always popular as it gives the general public the opportunity to see what our talented local Florists can achieve when given a theme and plant material and just let rip with their imaginations and talent.

Chief Steward for this Section, Margaret Franks mentioned that the cacti and succulents were of a high standard and she was pleased to have such quality benched.

Margaret also said that there were some 'stunning' exhibits and wonderfully presented potplants. 

The Children's classes could have been more patronised, it seemed to be left up to a few families who scooped the pool with prizes. There are some really exciting classes for children of all ages and it would be fantastic if there were better representation in these classes in the future.

The Judge, Pat Brickley travelled from the Northern Rivers region of NSW to judge this Section and was pleased with what was benched. 

Congratulations to all who exhibited in the Coffs Show this year and also a huge thank you to Margaret and her amazing band of CHGC members who ably assisted her in the lead up to the show, during and post show. The club considers this community based activity important and we are proud to be participants.

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