Earlston Flower Show, held on Saturday, saw particularly fine displays of begonias, with some exhibitors travelling from as far afield as Newcastle.
The vegetable section was also keenly contested, with Alistair Saunders (aged 13) of Fountainhall giving the established adult exhibitors stiff competition. Meanwhile, the high calibre of industrial entries caused the judges much deliberation.
The children’s section also proved ever popular, with many imaginative entries.
Pupils from all classes of Earlston Primary School again excelled in producing a fine display of handwriting and coloured drawings, which decorated the hall.
Show chairman George Goodfellow opened proceedings and the prizes were presented by Felicity Peto (Cowdenknowes), who received a basket of flowers presented on behalf of the society by Lily Stephens. The vote of thanks to the society’s patrons, sponsors and helpers was proposed by Les Scott, society president.
CUT FLOWERS: best exhibit (excepting floral art classes), Jim Mihulka; best sweet pea, George Goodfellow; outstanding exhibit (excluding Challenge Cup, excepting floral art classes), George Goodfellow; best gladioli exhibit, Billy Sowman; best exhibit in class 11 (one vase small cactus dahlias), Pat Dawson; best cut bloom in show (begonia classes), Jim Mihulka; best exhibit in class 17 (four begonia heads, shown on a board), Jim Mihulka.
FLORAL ART: best exhibit in class 45, Cynthia Sinclair; best exhibit in class 42 (container of cut flowers for table decoration), Cynthia Sinclair; most points in floral display classes, Cynthia Sinclair.
POT PLANTS: best exhibit, Pat Dawson.
VEGETABLES: best exhibit, Doug Kellett; best exhibit in carrots (including vegetable collections), Jim Mercer; best in class 93 (collection of potatoes – named), Jim Mercer; best in class 74 (four onions grown from sets), Alistair Saunders; best exhibit in onion classes, George Goodfellow.
INDUSTRIAL: most points, Jennifer Bryson; most points (WRI members only), Jennifer Bryson; most points in handicrafts section, Barbara Greer.
PHOTOGRAPHIC: most outstanding print (senior), Jakki Stewart; most outstanding print (children), Amy Stephens.
CHILDREN: most outstanding exhibit in children’s classes, Amy Young; most points in children’s classes, Megan Wilson; best example of handwriting returned from Earlston Primary School, Mateia Andrews.
Best window box, tub or container in the High Street or East End area of Earlston, Ronnie Ford; most outstanding exhibit in show (excluding floral art classes), Doug Kellett; George Wilson Memorial Trophy (awarded at the chairman’s discretion to an exhibitor who has made an outstanding contribution across the show), Pat Dawson.