by George Clark
The annual Waimate Garden and Craft show was a riot of colour, smell and display of talents over the weekend, attracting hundreds of visitors.
The fragrance of the huge lily stems overwhelmed the Knox Church Hall as colourful garden flowers and fresh vegetables were all lined up on display tables.
Local judges Alex and Joan Norton and Graeme Watts who are regarded as specialists in their fields entry and winners were left a prize card.
Mr and Mrs Norton are patrons of the Flower and Craft show and have had more than 40 years’ association with the group.
Dianne Smith had a hard job judging the domestic section of baking, jams and pickles which all smelled delicious. The usual sponge cake, scones and shortbread were all displayed under a large “do not touch the exhibit” sign.
Children’s entries were popular with excited entrants dragging parents around the room to identify their exhibits.
This year marked a record number of entries in comparison to previous shows. Secretary Andrea Shield said the committee was delighted to see so many new names.
“It was fabulous. The committee would like to thank all the exhibitors and visitors to the event and look forward to seeing them again next year,” she said.
The Waimate Flower and Craft show is one of the longest-running shows in the South Island with some trophies going back to 1930.
“We are very lucky to have some of the most experienced growers supporting us.”