Craft & Produce Show

Craft & Produce Show 2019-03-03T08:57:20+00:00

Date: Saturday 17th August 2019
Location: St Andrew’s Church

There will be a 4th Whissendine Craft & Produce Show in 2019 on Saturday 17th August. A little earlier than usual to avoid clashing with the Whissendine Flower Festival that is due to take place on the August Bank Holiday weekend (23rd – 26th August).

The 2019 Schedules will be delivered towards the end of January 2019 to give all exhibitors plenty of time to prepare.  Spare copies of the schedule will be available from the end of January at the church and the village shop should anyone wish to pick up a copy.

Show rules: download PDF

Previous winners of sponsored trophies: click here

Winners and photographs from the 2018 show: click here

Show Classes

The classes for the 2019 Craft and Produce Show are shown below.

Produce Section 1 – Vegetables & Fruit

  • All exhibits in section 1 & 2 must have been grown by the exhibitor.
  • Always bring extra items and choose the best when staging your exhibit.
  • If a class asks for more than one item remember the judges will be looking for condition and uniformity (shape, size and colour).
  • Check that you exhibit the correct number of items required in the class description.
  • All vegetables should be lightly washed as appropriate.
  • Only exhibit items that are free of disease and\or pests such as aphids.

Class number

1 Apples eating – 3, same variety
2 Apples cooking – 3, same variety
3 Beetroot – 3, same variety, trim foliage to 8cms
4 Brassica – 1, any type
5 Carrots – 3, same variety, topped to 8cms
6 Chillies – 3, same variety
7 Courgettes – 3, same variety, each not exceeding 15cms
8 Garlic bulbs – 3, same variety
9 Dwarf French Beans – 7 pods, same variety
10 Runner Beans – 5 pods, same variety
11 Leeks – 2, same variety
12 Onions – 3, same variety, dressed
13 Plums – 5, same variety
14 Potatoes – 5, same variety
15 Tomatoes – 3, same variety, calyx left on
16 Tomato – 1, heaviest
17 Collection of cut herbs – 5 distinct types
18 Tray of 3 root vegetables, 1 of each type
19 Trug of mixed vegetables and/or fruit – trug as part of the exhibit

Produce Section 2 – Flowers

  • All exhibits in section 1 & 2 must have been grown by the exhibitor.
  • Always bring extra items and choose the best when staging your exhibit.
  • If a class asks for more than one item remember the judges will be looking for condition and uniformity (shape, size and colour).
  • Check that you exhibit the correct number of items required in the class description.
  • All vegetables should be lightly washed as appropriate.
  • Only exhibit items that are free of disease and\or pests such as aphids.
  • All exhibits are fresh, cut flowers and must be grown by the exhibitor.
  • The container forms part of the exhibit and will be judged accordingly.

Class number
20 Begonia – 1 bloom, any variety
21 Clematis – 1 bloom, any variety
22 Dahlia – 3 blooms, of the same variety
23 Hosta – 1 leaf, any variety
24 Hydrangea head -1
25 Rose – 3 of the same variety
26 Pansy – 6 of same colour and variety
27 Phlox – 3 of the same variety
28 Single floating flower – stem cut to 25 cm (1’’) maximum, no foliage
29 Sweet peas – maximum of 15 sprays, any variety in a vase, judged on scent
30 Pot plant fuchsia – maximum height 60 cm (2ft)
31 Pot plant geranium (pelargonium) – maximum height 60 cm (2ft)
32 Jam jar of mixed garden flowers – no additional foliage
33 Open class – any single bloom not covered above

Produce Section 3 – Baking

  • All items must be home baked.
  • Paper plates available if required.

Class number
34 Apple pie – shortcrust pastry, maximum size 25cm (10”)
35 Coffee and walnut cake – any recipe
36 Fudge –8 pieces any recipe
37 Gluten free cake – any recipe
38 Savoury biscuits – 6 pieces any recipe
39 Tea Loaf – any recipe
40 Fruit scones – 4 any recipe

Produce Section 4 – Preserves and Chutneys

  • Containers must be clear glass, labelled with contents and date.
  • Tops can be screwed or cellophane but not both. Remove waxed circles.
  • Bottles must be easily opened for judging.

Class number
41 Jar stoned fruit jam
42 Jar non stoned fruit jam
43 Jar marmalade
44 Jar chutney
45 Jar pickled beetroot
46 Jar lemon curd
47 Bottle sloe gin
48 Bottle elderflower cordial

Craft Section 5 – General

  • The crafts must not have been previously exhibited in any show.
  • Crafts are judged on material choice, skill and presentation.

Class number
49 Cushions – 40cmx40cm (16”x16”), pad inserted
50 Hand knitted item – any item
51 Embroidery – any item
52 Crochet – any item
53 Machine or hand quilted item – any item, no cushions
54 Jewellery – any item
55 Ladies scarf or small shawl made from fabric, silk or wool
56 Soft furnishing – any item, not quilted, no cushions
57 An item made from re-cycled soft materials – hard materials may be used in the structure only

Crafts Section 6 – ‘Hard’ Materials

  • The crafts must not have been previously exhibited in any show.
  • Crafts are judged on material choice, skill and presentation.

Class number
58 Item of wicker work using willow, rushes, twigs, cane etc.
59 Item of woodwork or metalwork
60 A garden trug – made of any material
61 A bird or bat box – made of any material
62 A walking or thumb stick
63 A decorated plant pot
64 An item made from re-cycled hard materials

Crafts Section 7 – Art

  • Art work must not have been previously exhibited in any show.
  • Unframed art work must be in a mount but need not hang.

Class Number
65 Abstract – any medium
66 Landscape – any medium
67 Portrait – human or animal, any medium
68 Still life – any medium
69 Flower or flowers – any medium
70 Pottery – any item
71 Sculpture – any item

Craft Section 8 – Flower arrangements

  • Flowers and foliage used in arrangements may be bought and may be fresh, dried or silk.
  • The container forms part of the exhibit and will be judged accordingly.

Class number
72 A table decoration for a summer wedding – maximum size 25cmx25cmx25cm (10”x10”10”)
73 A miniature arrangement – maximum height 15cm (6’’)
74 An arrangement on a plate incorporating fruit – maximum plate size 30cm (12”) diameter
75 Arrangement of foliage for a side table – any colours, maximum height 75cm (2’6’’)
77 A cushion of flowers – maximum size 25cmx25cmx25cm (10”x10”10”)
78 A hand held posy – maximum length 25cm (10”)

Craft Section 9 – Photography

  • Photographs must not have been previously exhibited in any show.
  • All photographs must be 18cm x13cm (7’’x5’’), with no additional mounting or frame.

Class number
79 The weather
80 Shadow or reflection
81 Farming
82 Wildlife – bird, animal or insect
83 A cute pet
84 Flower portrait
85 St Andrew’s Church, Whissendine
86 Footwear
87 A celebration
88 Make us laugh

Junior Section 11 – up to age 8

  • Age to be stated on the entry slip and will be taken into account when judging.
  • Paper plates are available if required.

Class number
89 A painted or decorated hard-boiled egg – shell left on
90 A decorated paper plate – any medium, maximum diameter 25cm (10”)
91 Model of a figure – any modelling material, maximum height 15cm (6’’)
92 A vehicle made from fruit and/or vegetables
93 Item made from re-cycled materials – maximum size 30cmx30cmx30cm (1’x1’x1’)
94 A Lego model – not from a kit, maximum size 20cmx20cmx20cm (8”x8”x8”)
95 Sunflower head – greatest diameter
96 Open craft – not covered in any other class

Junior Section 12 – aged 9-16

• Age to be stated on the entry slip and will be taken into account when judging.
• Exhibits presented on a provided paper plate if required by the class description.

Class number
97 A decorated paper plate – any medium
98 Decorated cup-cakes – 4 on paper plate provided
99 Model of a figure – any modelling material, maximum height 15cm (6’’)
100 A craft item made from a kit
101 An item made from re-cycled materials – maximum size 30cmx30cmx30cm (1’x1’x1’)
102 A design on paper of a team’s sports kit
103 A design on paper of a new Super Hero
104 Sunflower head – greatest diameter
105 Open craft – not covered in any other category

Hints & Tips

Every month in the run up to the Craft & Produce Show, the organisers will share hints and tips relating to one of the classes in the show. Check back each month for more tips below.

Thank you for your great support in making the show a success in 2018. It is wonderful to see so many people taking part. Who knew we had so much talent in the village?!

What is special is that this is a community event and not a fundraiser for any organisation. The committee seek sponsorship to cover the annual running costs to supplement the entry fees. We are fortunate to have the loyalty and commitment from our sponsors going forward.

Our largest public building is the church and should we have any surplus funds, a donation is made to the church by way of thanks for the loan of the building, which is much appreciated.

The committee try to keep running costs to a minimum whilst also using your valuable feedback to make improvements to the show. The judges are all from outside the village, giving their time freely, and providing a fresh perspective when reviewing the exhibits.

Looking back, we believe that there must have been Craft & Produce shows in the village back in the  60s, 70s & 80s etc many years before it was revived in 2016. With this in mind, the committee would like to hear from anyone that has any information on shows from many years ago.

There will be a 4th Whissendine Craft & Produce Show in 2019 on Saturday 17th August. A little earlier than usual to avoid clashing with the Whissendine Flower Festival that is due to take place on the August Bank Holiday weekend (23rd – 26th August).

I do hope that you will continue to support the show. The 2019 Schedules will be delivered towards the end of January 2019 to give all exhibitors plenty of time to prepare.  (Spare copies of the schedule will be available from the end of January at the church and the village shop should anyone wish to pick up a copy).

Sarah Bysouth

Chair of Whissendine Craft and Produce Show Committee

Last year there were a total of 167 exhibits in the Vegetable and Fruit section of our annual show. That was a great achievement considering the challenging weather conditions in 2018, with a cold wet spell in spring, followed by a long summer drought.

This year there are four new classes, Brassica, Dwarf French Beans, Tray of three root vegetables and Heaviest Tomato, as well as many old favourites.

This is a good time of the year to start planning ahead. If the weather is fair and the ground is not too wet, begin preparing the ground. Dig in well rotted manure or garden compost.

Now is also a good time to check the seed catalogues, or search online for your chosen seed varieties, ready to sow in the spring.

If you have limited outdoor space many of the vegetable and fruit classes can be grown successfully in pots in the garden or on the patio.

Remember to feed your plants regularly once they are established. This is especially important if grown in pots as they will quickly exhaust the nutrients in the compost.

Also check for pests regularly and deal promptly with any you find.

Any classes asking for more than one item will be judged on condition and uniformity, shape, colour and size, so make sure you select your exhibits carefully.

Let’s hope we have a fine spring and summer and produce some great vegetables and fruit.

Good luck.

John Clift-Hill

To all our youngsters!

It may seem a long time until you will be enjoying your summer holidays, but now is the time to be thinking about which classes you would like to enter.

The schedules have been delivered, so have a peep at the junior classes. We have made some changes this year.

You could try making something out of re-cycled materials, design a team sports kit or grow a sunflower. We have kept the old favourite – decorate a paper plate – this has been so popular and attracts many entries.

If you are away, don’t worry, someone else can enter 4 items on your behalf.

Don’t forget, every youngster that enters will receive a rosette and you never know, you could win the Junior Shield award!

Looking forward to seeing all your entries.

Sarah Bysouth.