Etal Flower Show still thriving in Northumberland after 78 years

Etal Horticultural Show on Sunday is one of the smallest village shows still thriving in Northumberland

Etal Horticultural Show
Etal Horticultural Show

A Northumberland village hosts its annual flower show for the 78th time on Sunday.

Etal Horticultural Show, commonly referred to as Etal Flower Show, is one of the smallest village shows still thriving in Northumberland.

The event brings together the whole community, from expert gardeners and bakers to special classes for children and novices.

It will feature more than 50 show classes celebrating garden and home produce, which will be auctioned at the end of the day.

The line up also includes a photography competition and class for items made from recycled materials, as well as a companion dog show and a fly fishing demonstration.

The main marquee will display the entries for the vegetables, flowers, bakery, handicrafts, needlework, photography, sticks and children’s work.

There will also be entertainment on the showground, including the Coldstream Pipe Band, heavy horses, birds of prey, dog agility – a first for this year - and wood carving demonstrations.

Children can enter the sports events on the day and there will be shopping opportunities at the craft tent and car boot sale.

Show committee member Richard Baker said: “Etal Flower Show has been staged annually for almost 80 years, and we still run the quoits competition every year, which can trace its roots back even further to the 1800s.

“But while we’re keen to preserve the traditional country crafts, horticultural, needlework and baking elements, we also want to encourage new entrants by introducing new classes that bring a taste of the 21st century to the show.

“We hope competitors old and new will showcase their talents on September 7 and we can guarantee visitors a great day out, with literally something for everyone to enjoy.

“If you’ve never entered a village show before, Etal Flower Show provides a fantastic opportunity to get involved.

“Who knows, you might end up getting the showing bug!”

For a full list of classes and rules, visit www.etalflowershow.org.uk where competitors can also download their entry form and read a host of hints and tips for success.

The site also includes the recipe for the special easy fruitcake class, which is always popular with children and adults.

The show opens at 1pm. Entry is £3 for adults, parking is free and this year children are admitted free courtesy of EDF Energy, operator of nearby Barmoor wind farm, who have sponsored the show.

For more information about entering the show, visit www.etalflowershow.org.uk or phone secretary Joyce Stevens on 01890 820589.

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