“ONE of the best shows I have attended this year,” was the verdict of a judge adjudicating at the Strathearn Horticultural Show on Saturday.
The last show in the area’s calendar may have been down on exhibits but the displays were certainly not lacking in quality.
Gladioli, begonias and fuchsias dominated one half of the hall while vegetables of Brobdingnagian proportions were laid out in artistic groups at the front, and the produce table was filled with mouth-watering home baking and jams.
Prizes were presented by Reverend Tuckley of Crieff Baptist Church who was rewarded in turn with a giant tube of Smarties.
Speaking to the Herald afterwards, Society President Kathryn Buchanan said: “Despite the disappointing weather we still had a very good show of flowers, fruit and vegetables although we were a bitlighter on flowers this year.
“Overall, however, the standard of exhibits on display was very high with the children excelling themselves as usual in their section.”
Results: Cups and Trophies – Society’s Challenge Quaich – S MacFarlane; Crieff Hydro Centenary Cup – W McKerchar; Harry McKay Plaque – D Comrie; Hugh Rose Bowl – I Allan; George McInnes Trophy – E Barnes; Countess of Ancaster Memorial Cup – T McLauchlan; Frank Thomson Cup – J Murdoch; W Copland Quaich – R Milne; Society’s Centenary Cup – M MacFarlane; D F Cook Coronation Trophy – I Allan; Maxtone Graham Bowl – S MacFarlane; Alf Drummond Silver Challenge Cup – S MacFarlane; Donald MacLean Salver – J Hutchison; Martin McCabe Challenge Cup – J Hutchison; Crieff & Comrie Bee Keepers Cup – Robert Miller; Floral Art Cup – M Strath; Stuart Waterford Crystal Section 10 Class 129 – C Taylor; Wedgewood Dept, Section 10, Class 137 – V Whyte; Ancaster Centenary Cup – V Whyte; Leadmachany Challenge Cup – Iona Campbell; The Douglas Shield – Iona Campbell; Roy Challenge Cup – Aaron Myles; Young Persons Challenge Cup – Iona Campbell; Caithness Glass – D Comrie; Special Prize, Section 1, Best Exhibit – D Comrie.
First Prize Winners: Section 1 Pot Plants – Donald Comrie; Mike McGregor; W McKerchar; Harry McKay. Section 2 Cut Flowers – I Allan; Edith Barnes; T McLauchlan; J Murdoch; Mike McGregor; Bill McGraw. Section 3 Cut Flowers (Amateur) – H Crawford; R Milne. Section 4 Dahlias – M MacFarlane. Section 6 Fruit (Open) – V Whyte; I Allan; S Guthrie. section 7 Vegetables (Open) – S MacFarlane; J Hutchison; J Ferguson; W Arnott; F Van Schaik; J Murdoch; H Crawford. Section 8 Honey – Robert Miller. Section 9 Floral Art – M Strath. Industrial – R Barnes; L Jarvie; I Robertson; C Taylor; J Turek; V Whyte; K Buchanan; M Arnott. Children’s Section – A Robb; I Campbell; I Buchanan; A Kahn; H Millward; A Myles; M Buchanan.