The Grand Autumn Show
The very best of Sark’s gardening, creative and domestic skills were on display this week at the Grand Autumn Show, the largest of two of the island’s annual flower and produce extravaganzas. There were 134 classes including those for preserves, baking, dairy produce and flower arranging as well as seasonal fruit, vegetables and agricultural crops. Entries were up by over a hundred on last year, an indication perhaps of the good summer and the popularity of home baking. The baking is displayed in a smaller room off the main hall and the combined aroma of the cakes, biscuits and bread was just mouth-watering.
The men’s Victoria sponge is one of the most hotly contested categories. This year there were 13 entries with Baily Gill taking first prize. The novelty icing creations also stole the show with spectacular entries from Helen Plummer and Ringo. There were also plenty of children’s classes as well as a colouring contest in for the youngest competitors. These classes contribute to the Awards of Merit Medals that went to Lailani Chatterton, Alexa and Mia Raymond and two for Martin Nicolle.
The Challenge Cup for best child entry was awarded to Kiana Chatterton for her beautiful pebble painting of a puffin and Debbie Guille received a cup for the best exhibit in show for her melons. The Show was a treat for all the senses; a credit to the wonderful and diverse skills of all who took part and the huge amount of work put in the organisers.
Pictures by Sue Daly