About The Show
Our show is held every year in September weather permitting. This is an opportunity to exhibit your vegetables and flowers. If you prefer, just come along and enjoy looking at the exhibits, sampling the barbeque and browsing our stalls.
We have stalls giving information about things of interest, such as Greening Wingrove and the Comfrey Project and there are also stalls for photography, art, wooden toys and bird boxes, books, jams, cakes and Moorside’s own plant scheme with herbs, vegetable plants and perennial flowers for sale. In 2019, we are introducing a produce stall so visitors can buy and try some of the things we have grown. Bring a bag with you to take home all of the things you buy from our stalls or win in the raffle.
There are a lot of good prizes in our raffle and it is well worth buying tickets. The raffle is supported by sponsors, who have in the past offered us days out at Beamish, Alnwick garden and other places, meals at various outlets, garden compost, bird seed and an assortment of other items.
We set out a visitor and explorer’s trail for anyone to enjoy during a stroll along the lanes. Labels are placed on some of the gates with information about a few of the things that you can see in the gardens. We hope that visitors who have not been to our site before will follow the trail along the allotment lanes and learn about some of the produce from the labels. We ask visitors to keep to the path and not go into the gardens unless invited.
Children’s activities are well sign posted and include a tombola, hook a duck, ball in a bucket and shot in a pot golf activities. We rely on allotment holders and friends to collect small new toys and other items to donate to the tombola and for these to be bought in the week before the show. There is also face-painting for the children.
The SHE choir sings, the time and place will be announced in our pre show information and in the show brochure.
Watch out for the wanted posters which go up before the event, as we need cakes for the tea and cakes at the Barbeque area. We need books, DVDs, CDs and nearly new toys for the book stall. The tombola needs lots of small new prizes.
We also need volunteers to help with setting up the tents on the morning before the show and other essential preparations on the morning of the show. Please get in touch with Pat Francis, show secretary, if you are free to join in.
Produce On Show
Flowers On Show
The exhibitors’ brochure is produced in the month before the show and is available on the website ahead of that. This gives information about the categories to enter this year. Look out for the children’s categories, open to any younger relatives. The categories for this year’s show will be the same as last year and are listed at the end of this information about the show.
Don’t think that showing is just for old hands. We really encourage new exhibitors, you will find its good fun and there are prize cards for first, second and third places in each category. It is a very pleasant surprise when you get your first prize card! The trading hut will put you in touch with someone to give advice on how to present your entries if you ask. Moorside allotment holders also have some YouTube videos. These are easy to find when you type Moorside Allotment into the YouTube search.
All exhibitors need to remember to have their exhibits in the tent by 11.00 a.m. as the judging starts soon after. The judges are invited, independent, experts who need plenty of time to ensure that they are ready to open the show tent for inspection at 1.00 p.m.
There are a number of shields and cups awarded on the day. Including a cup for the best Moorside newcomer’s plot…. this is judged at the end of June or early July, so you will know the result before the show if you are to get the award. A newcomer is a gardener who has been on site at Moorside for less than a year.
We have a show brochure available on show day which lists our Raffle prizes, stall holders and has a map of the site.
The show is a free to enter family event and is open to visitors from the locality and further afield.
We hope to see you at the show, do bring your friends and family as well.
A typical show schedule:-
- Entry forms must be in by 2.00 p.m. on the day before the show.
- Show items must be in the show tent by 11.00 am.
- The show opens its gates to visitors at 12.30 pm.
- The explorer’s and visitors’ trail and the information and sales stalls open then.
- The show tent is open for inspection at 1.00 pm.
- SHE choir performs at 2.00 pm.
- Prize giving at 2.45pm followed by the raffle draw.
Pat Francis Show Secretary Plot 5 June 2019
The categories for the 2019 show are:
Section One: Vegetables
1. Potatoes (5)
2. Carrots (3)
3. Beetroot (3)
4. Onions (3)
5. Shallots (6)
6. Runner beans (6)
7. Broad beans (6)
8. Fine Beans (French/Borlotti) (6)
9. Pot leek (2)
10. Blanched leek (2)
11. Cucumber (1)
12. Tomatoes (6)
13. Cabbage (1)
14. Cauliflower (1)
15. Parsnips (3)
16. Peas (6 pods)
17. Turnips (2)
18. Swede (1)
19. Sweet-corn (2)
20. Pepper, sweet (1)
21. Peppers, chilli (3)
22. Garlic (3)
23. Aubergine (1)
24. Courgettes (3)
25. Rhubarb (3 sticks)
26. Any other Vegetable
Section Two: Flowers
27. Gladioli (3)
28. Sweet Pea (6 stems)
29. Chrysanthemum any class (3)
30. Pompom / Ball Dahlia (3)
31. Cactus Dahlia (3)
32. Decorative Dahlia (3)
33. Collerette / Waterlily Dahlia (3)
34. Roses (3 or 3 stems if cluster-flowered)
35. Any other flower (3 or three stems if cluster flowered)
36. Basket of Flowers
Section Three: Fruit
37. Plate Dessert Apples (3)
38. Plate Cooking Apples (3)
39. Plate Pears (3)
40. Plate Plums (3)
41 Plate soft fruit
Section Four: Home Produce
42. Jar of jelly
43. Jar of jam
44. Jar of marmalade
45. Jar of chutney
46. Jar of pickle
47. A decorated cake
48. Cup cakes (3)
Section Five: For Children
49. Drawing of a fruit, veg or flower
50. Funny face using fruit, veg or flowers or a mix
51. Monster made from fruit, veg or flowers or a mix
Seven to Fourteen:
52. Drawing of a garden or allotment
53. Scarecrow (two feet max size)
54. Monster made from fruit, veg, flowers or a mix
Section Six: For Fun
55. Ugliest vegetable
56. Smallest carrot
57. Longest runner bean
58. Largest onion
59. A decorated egg
Section Seven: Photograph
60. Best photograph taken on Moorside Allotments.
No bigger than 7” x 5” printed. Colour or Black and White.
One entry per person only.
Section Eight: Bowls and Trays
61. Salad Bowl Any three kinds of salad from:-
Lettuce (1); radish (2); courgettes (2); salad onions (3); cucumber (1); salad potatoes (3); tomatoes (3); Any other salad vegetable (number as listed in section one)
62. Top Tray
Three types of vegetable from this list:-
3 carrots; 2 cauliflowers; 3 onions; 3 parsnips;
6 pea pods; 3 potatoes; 6 runner bean pods;
6 tomatoes or any vegetable in section one (number as listed)
63. Top Vase - Mixed flowering stems containing a total of between 5 and 10 stems taken from 2 or more different kinds of plant
Section Nine: Trophies and Awards
64. Junior Master Gardener
Two different vegetables grown by a junior under the age of 14
Please note that the deadline for submission of entries is 2pm, the day before the show