2017 – The Day After

So the 2017 show is now over. Thankyou all for your support – whether it was as an entrant who gave us 25p a go and filled the room with some amazing exhibits, whether it was as a volunteer who started in January with all the running around, through to vanning tables about on Friday & Saturday night. Maybe you just came to have a look on Saturday and gave us £1 to help put on the 25th show next year, or maybe you had the difficult task of judging the entries. Maybe you were sweating away in an office or a kitchen – working hard to ensure those “front of house” people could swan around looking pretty 🙂 Or maybe you’re still in the scout hut this morning doing the washing up! Maybe you even did all of those things and a bit more. Either way – thanks. I entered my first show in 2010 and found it a lovely, wonderful experience. It just wouldn’t still be here if not for the hard work of all the volunteers and members of the community who continue to work hard to make it all possible.

The photos I took from the day are all here to view on Flickr. If you’ve got some photos or anything you’d like to share (or have me add to the WABShow Flickr account) contact us and ‘ll be in touch. Here’s a selection of my personal favourites from the day (I Am Not A Judge – this is just what I liked…)

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Teddy bear made by hand. Spoke to the lady and said I’d make him “Internet Famous” – so here he is!

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Barons Quay Photos… When I went there to take photos for the competition, I struggled. However I was really impressed by some of these entries.

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John Lennon – carved in wood. Amazing.

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This was just a wonderful little tableaux. The detail – even down to the print on the “Weaverham News” was incredible. Super stuff.

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This is just a small sample of some of the amazing quality junior art. As a failed artist (and thus a photographer) myself I’m blown away by some of the talent on display here. Well done to all who entered.

Liz will be along when she’s recovered to give her verdict on the 2017 show (Edit to add she’s done it – here), and we’ll be back in January to think about our 25th birthday in 2018. Enjoy the rest of the Summer folks!

It’s Tomorrow!

OK folks – I’m not going to lie, but I didn’t enjoy putting up a second roll of backing paper to cater for all the photos. Who would have thought H6 would be so popular? Well.. Only me apparently.

Either way – we’re done and dusted now. Just got time to crack open my last Landlord, then get some sleep in preparation for what will definitely be the most challenging show for our photography Judge. I have no clue about the other categories – I’m just worried that I’ve given enough wall space to each category – and there’s a *lot* of wall space to give over!

A huge thankyou to all our volunteers who came to the community centre tonight and helped with blu-tacking the children’s photos, setting up (and collecting!) tables from St Mary’s and Wallerscote school, booking peoples’ entries in, and helping me with photo backing paper. We also had the Weaverham Trust on hand too who will be having a stand tomorrow in the coffee area – so pop over and say hello to find out  bit more about what they do.

Look forward to seeing you all tomorrow!

2017 Weaverham Show Almost Here..

So the posters have gone up this week and you may have spotted them on our travels. The show is just 2 weeks (and one day!) away now so make sure you’ve got your ingredients, prints, or whatever else you need in advance of the big day. I’m really looking forward to see what fruit & veg appear this year, because the weather has been great for it (for me anyway, although my glads are gone, my blackcurrants are gone, my cherries are gone and my apples aren’t there yet.)

See you on the 11th for registration, and on the 12th for the Show!

A Month To Go…

We’re just a month away from the 24th Show, so now’s the time to think about getting photos printed off in time if you’re sending them off. Don’t forget you can download the schedules here, or just have a browse through the classes using the menu at the top of the site. If your children are now off school and already twiddling their thumbs, have a look at some of the junior categories to see if there’s something they can have a go at entering. I know I’m always amazed by the quality of our youth entries. If you’re new to the show, have a read of our “how to enter” page for more information.

2017 Show Classes Complete

The 2017 show categories are now all decided and in place.

Section F (adult handicrafts) has had a bit of an overhaul so if you’re thinking of entering something there, please double check the page because things have changed since last year.

Gardeners – we’ve also added a “Wonky Veg” category (C20) to the fruit & veg section.

As usual, there’s plenty for the youngsters to get involved in – with a handicraft section, an art section, and for our really young villagers we’ve got the picture templates that make the community centre walls so colourful.

We haven’t finalised our wonderful sponsors yet, so we can’t offer the schedule to download, but as soon as it’s available, we’ll let you know. You can grab an entry form though if you’re really keen.

2017 Show Photographic Categories

This week saw the first committee meeting of the 2017 show and the first order of business was to decide the photographic categories. They’ll be properly “classed up” in the next few months, but for now, they are….

  • Barons Quay
  • Machinery
  • My Companion
  • Tracks
  • Fashion
  • Close Up

The Weaverham Trust category is still to be formally advised, but I’m reliably informed it’s something to do with weather…

The 2016 Show

28918364532_bf5c2a6ca5_kThe 2016 show is now over. Liz has typed up her summary and all that remains is for me to add the winners to the site.

Photos are here, but due to ill health, we didn’t get any afternoon photos at all, so if you have anything you’d like to share, get in touch via the contact form. Feedback especially!

Congratulations to all who entered or supported us in delivering the show. From raffle tickets, to donations, to lifting & shifting, this was a great community effort.

Well done everyone!

Ian.

Presenting Your Potatoes (or any other veg…)

Well folks, I’ve been off my feet for the last 5 weeks with a pair of crutches and an instruction to keep my foot above my heart, so the Show updates have almost stopped. One of our gardening experts though as dropped a few “top tips” over to me, which I’ll duly pass on.

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  • Read the schedule. Four first class onions will not win if the schedule says five.
  • Lift root veg close to Show day and be sure to include every bit of fine root -for showing – presentation is everything.
  • Wash root veg well. Long roots like carrots should be wiped around rather than along their length. A kitchen sponge can be used with care. Scratches will not show on a wet item but when dry will spoil the appearance.
  • Arrange your exhibits to look their best  for instance with 3 carrots put best in the middle, tie stems with raffia or string and cut them off to same length.
  • Sit shallots on a plate of dry sand and onions on small rings.

So that’s it. Useful advice for those that weren’t aware!

We’re two weeks away from the show now, and the signs should be going up around the village. If anyone can snap one for me to put on the site, I’d be grateful, as I’m not going to be out and about much until the show probably.

See you on the 13th! Or maybe the 12th if you come and register when I’m booking in. Instructions for entering can be found on the Take Part page, and as usual, you can download the schedule which has all the information.

Or you can pick up a paper copy from one of the local shops!