This week saw the first of Sark’s two flower and produce extravaganzas with the Midsummer Show and Garden Competition. There were 42 classes including roses, sweet peas and various other flowers, soft fruit, pot plants and hanging baskets as well as the children’s craftwork and miniature gardens. The children’s craft entries all related to their various school projects. Class One has been listening to music from ‘The Carnival of Animals’ and chose their favourite creature as the subject of a colourful mask. Class Two have been investigating the world of mini-beasts so created models of butterflies and dragonflies. The oldest children have immersed themselves in outer space including science fiction writing so brought to life the weird and wonderful alien creatures they invented in their own creative writing. In the garden competition Mrs C Grant won in the small garden category, Charles Maitland’s garden was chosen as best in the large class and Sue’s Tea Garden was judged as the best business garden. Seigneur Michael Beaumont presented the prizes including the Challenge Cup that went to Debbie Guille and medals for the winners in the children’s classes. Despite the chilly weather and late spring there was no shortage of entries in the show with the glaring exception of the sloe gin category, a class that in the past has attracted over 30 competitors. This year there were just 5 which show secretary Zoe Adams put down to the long cold winter which has forced most people to drink their supplies!
Pictures by Sue Daly L – R Ruairi’s winning miniature garden, The Midsummer Show, Class One’s carnival of animals, A medal for Imogen, Kiana’s dragongfly, Michael Beaumont presenting the cup to Debbie