Show chairman Deborah Franklin. (1708264AM10)
The 53rd Aberford Show was declaired the most successful in more than ten years.
“Many thanks to everyone who helped to keep the Aberford Show alive and well,” said spokesman Suzanne Stubbings.
“This was the most successful show we’ve had for over a decade, and the number and quality of the entries filled the hall with colour and interest.
“We had 453 exhibits from 84 entrants which gave a wonderful display.”
The Lord Mayor of Leeds Coun Jane Dowson, aided by her granddaughter, opened the show and gave a warm speech and later presented the trophies.
There were prizes for the best allotment, the best in class for fruit, vegetables, flowers and cookery, and cups for the children’s classes.
“This year’s show saw some stunning entries in the flower and vegetable categories,” added Suzanne.
“There was a lot of competition in the chrysanthemum and open vegetable classes which gave us spectacular show benches.
“Mr Richard Bull’s five different vegetables were of superb quality and a very deserving winner of the Copeland Trophy.”
Entries in the cookery classes were at a 12-year high, with jams, cakes and home-made beverages being particularly prolific.
Fred Hayton’s 30-year record for the longest runner bean of 26.75 inches was broken by David Tindall with 27 inches.
“We would like to thank all entrants for the quality of their produce, and extend a warm welcome to those who took part in the show for the first time this year - please come again next year,” said Suzanne.
“The children’s schoolwork was a vibrant and fascinating display of self-portraits - from traditional paint and pencil to pop art. There were many fantastic exhibits in the children’s classes.
“We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who took part in the show - we couldn’t do it without you.
“Exhibitors, judges, sponsors, volunteers and visitors - thanks for making show day so special.
“We look forward to seeing you next year.”