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31 May
2017

Show off your magnificent flowers, veg and fruit at Mansfield Garden and Craft Festival

Posted On: 31/05/2017 03:09:00

 

If you’ve grown giant carrots, huge cauliflowers, large leeks, or lanky parsnips, then Mansfield’s Garden and Craft Festival Open Show is where you should be showing your produce.

And the call for entries is coming from green-fingered Joe Atherton, and he knows a thing or two about prize-winning veg.

From his garden in Mansfield Woodhouse, Joe has produced vegetables that have broken world records. The retired miner has at different times held nine records, the certificates hanging proudly in his home.

He still holds four world records.

“When it comes to large veg, there’s no judge. The scales and the tape measure do not lie,” said Joe.

“The person who says it is all about the taking part has never won. People remember the winners.

 “We need to encourage more and more people to get into growing and showing their vegetables. Mansfield is a good show so hopefully a lot of people will get involved.”

And he added: “If people want advice on how to grow good produce, they only need to ask gardeners and people down at allotments. We’re always pleased to help people.”

The Mansfield Garden and Craft festival takes place on Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd September 2017 and between 10.30am to 3pm both days.

There will be two  large marquees on Mansfield Market Place for the event, which is organised by the Mansfield BID on behalf of The Trustees of the Allotments for the Labouring Poor.

Saturday's show features the Best of Fruit, Vegetables, Flowers and Wine, while Sunday sees the Best in Baking show. Cash prizes of £15, £10 and £5 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places are awarded along with medals in each class.

Cash prizes of £50 are paid to the Best Allotment, Best in Show Flowers, Best in Show Vegetables and the Just for Fun classes along with a trophy.

There is no entry fee and entries are accepted from all growers, including allotment growers, home growers, novice and children from anywhere in the UK. The only exception if the Best Allotment which is to be from the Mansfield area - NG18 or NG19 postcodes.

A newly added category is 'Our School' where schools are encouraged to show off a collage of pictures of their gardening work, produce or floral designs for a cash prize of £100 for the winning school and runner-up prizes  of £30 & £20.

Every school who enters the competition will receive a gardening gift of seeds, tools and useful gardening pots.

The main sponsor is The Trustees of the Allotments for the Labouring Poor, and class sponsors include  Ulyett Landscapes Ltd, Woodhouse Sheds & Garages Ltd, Arena Church and The Little Sugar Shack.

Entry to the two day festival is free, and as well as the two competitions there will be a food and craft market with over 60 stalls each day, entertainment, children's free activities and a goody bag for the first 100 visitors on the Saturday.

The Awards Ceremony takes place on Sunday afternoon for all the winners to receive their prizes.

For more details, email Sue Rogers at sue@mansfieldbid.com or call on 01623 633939