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For the first time in the history of the Moidart Produce Show, the weather refused to play ball.
There was even talk of cancelling the event after early morning winds and heavy rain made things difficult at Kinlochmoidart House on Saturday August 31.
However, not put off by the fact the tent was leaking and all the tables were soaked, the hardy Moidart community turned out with all their fabulous home-grown veg, beautiful flowers, delicious home-baking, and the creative handicrafts they had spent many hours preparing.
Everyone pitched in to anchor the tent and help move the Home Produce section to a dry part of the tent, and by 10am the winds were dying down and the tent was full of entries, with everyone confident the show would go on.
Given the weather, the biggest delight of the day was that the Best in Show award went to a floral art hedgerow arrangement won by Sharon Butterfield, who had picked and created her stunning arrangement that morning.
Other notable winners were Amanda Appleyard for Best in Home Produce for a delicious tasting quiche; Christine Steward for Best in Handicraft for the beautifully knitted baby cardigans; Roscoe Dawes for Best in Youth Exhibit for his amazing Magical Garden creation in the Lego category; and Jill Gosney for Best in Flowers and Best in Vegetables with her pom-pom dahlias and perfect cabbage. Jill Gosney also won most points in the show.
A special mention to both George Clark who, after many years of entering and getting very close to winning, took home the Moidart Produce Show Rose bowl for the Best Rich Fruit Cake, and Jill Gosney who said that it has taken her 22 years to win the Mary MacDonald Kinacarra Cup for Best Clootie Dumpling.
When the show opened at 2pm the community and visitor turnout was amazing. Everyone was well fed and watered with the superb spread provided by the tea tent, the children were entertained by Maddie, the children’s entertainer, wellies were thrown and family pets were admired in the pet parade.
Everyone supported the fantastic raffle, which every year local businesses and individuals donate very generously to, meaning that we are able once again to support local charities with the money raised.
The highlight of the day has to be the community spirit shown in supporting and making sure the show was able to run – thank you to everyone who came.
Here’s to sunshine for next year.
Judges had a tough job on their hands at the recent Moidart Show. NO F37 Moidart Show 01
Organisers thought about calling the event off after the tent began to leak. NO F37 Moidart Show 02