Entrants produce surprises at Cottesmore show

Cottesmore Produce Show at the community centre. Pictured  is  judge   Anna Barton looking at giant spider entered by a youngster into the show EMN-150823-150909009

Cottesmore Produce Show at the community centre. Pictured is judge Anna Barton looking at giant spider entered by a youngster into the show EMN-150823-150909009

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A huge spider is not what you’d expect to be faced with if you’re inspecting fruit and vegetables but that’s what judges were faced with at the Cottesmore Annual Produce and Craft Show.

The eighth annual show took place at Cottesmore Village Hall on Sunday and a new category called Surprise Us certainly did just that with the Bateman family creating the unusual arachnid.

Cottesmore Produce Show at the community centre. Pictured  is club  secretary Linda King with one of her entries EMN-150823-150718009

Cottesmore Produce Show at the community centre. Pictured is club secretary Linda King with one of her entries EMN-150823-150718009

There were 35 entrants, who brought 193 entries into 78 categories, and although the number of entrants were up, some of the growers faced challenges with the weather this year so some categories didn’t receive any entries.

Tina Rea was the overall show winner, impressing with her unusual crop of yellow plums and chillis, and spectacular courgettes.

Show secretary Linda King said: “We were very pleased with the entries and the quality of the entries was excellent.

“I think we were down on some of the entries due to the weather this year. We had some entries which weren’t quite ripe.”

Cottesmore Produce Show at the community centre. Pictured  is  judge  Colin Johns EMN-150823-150816009

Cottesmore Produce Show at the community centre. Pictured is judge Colin Johns EMN-150823-150816009

Linda described the spider, which was the winner of the new category, as “one of the most amazing things at the show” and she also said there were some superb entries into the flower arranging categories with arrangement depicting afternoon teas, musicals and romantic dinners.

It wasn’t just the growers themselves vexed by the weather - the produce show finished an hour earlier than planned because of torrential rain, but not before visitors had had a chance to get a good look at the entrants and enjoy the various stalls and activities on offer.

Show winners

Vegetables: Tina Rea, 25 pts, Carol Cunningham 13 pts, Tim Jones 11 pts

Cottesmore Produce Show at the community centre. Pictured  is  judge  David Penny EMN-150823-150828009

Cottesmore Produce Show at the community centre. Pictured is judge David Penny EMN-150823-150828009

Fruit: Tina Rea 12 pts, Nicola Bateman 12 pts, Kathleen Alderwood 6 pts, Margaret Towl 3 pts, Linda King 3 pts

Flowers: Carol Cunningham 24 pts, Gabi Croson 11 pts, Kathleen Alderwood 11 pts, Joan Reeve 9 pts

Jams and chutneys: Tina Rea 8 pts, Tim Jones 3 pts, Kathleen Alderwood 3 pts, Margaret Towl 2 pts

Men’s baking: Richard Viney 3 pts, Martin Hart 2 pts, Ron Dane 1 pt

Baking for all: Lisa Viney 7 pts, Pat Hart 6 pts, Caroline Hemming 4 pts, Martin Hart 4 pts

Creative: Melissa Barker 7 pts, Tina Rea 5 pts, Alex Bateman 3 pts

Overall: Tina Rea 38 pts, Carol Cunningham 37 pts, Kathleen Alderwood 20 pts