You will be pleased to learn that the schedules for the 2016 Summer Show, taking place as usual on the recreation ground on Sunday 14th August, have been revised. These will be available from 1st June 2016 and can be downloaded from our website. Hard copies will of course be available from Tetbury Hardware, a shop that has supported this event for many years. Our new website is working very well and we now also have a Facebook page that can be accessed from this site, through which we will provide regular updates.
The schedule will feature a number of your favourite categories but some small changes will no doubt be of interest also. In particular, the Queen celebrates her 90th birthday this year so we have included in the flower arranging section – Anything Goes – a royal birthday celebration. This section also features an arrangement in a basket for the first time so plenty there for you to start thinking about. For our younger exhibitors, the Domestic Section – Children’s Classes, the new challenge for each of the three age groups is a flower arrangement in a tea cup.
There is a major change in the Cookery Section – amateur classes as we have introduced three categories for all of you who make and enjoy homemade wine. The three categories are a fruit wine, a root wine and any other type of wine other than fruit (mead for example) and if you get cracking now they should just about be ready for tasting on show day. All of these entries must be in a clear bottle, labelled with date and type of wine to make life easier for Cathryn from Vinotopia who has agreed to judge this section. Also revised is the scarecrow section which is now divided into two, an entry for adults and a separate entry for children. In both cases the scarecrow should be able to stand alone and as usual, these will be on display outside of the marquee.
The Summer Show has grown significantly in recent years and is now such a big event that it may come as a surprise to learn that it cost nearly £7,000 to put on each year. The Lions, Feoffees, John Newman and IHS remain loyal and generous supporters but we could certainly do with some additional financial help. In recent years the George Veterinary Group have been very supportive and will once again be sponsoring the Fun Dog Show and it looks like Cyril will be back to do the judging. He will have two new categories this year, the “dog with the most appealing eyes” and “the dog the judge wants to take home.” We will reveal more about the attractions for this year’s show in a future update but for now we can confirm that the City of Bristol Pipes and Drums will be returning and will again lead the parade through the town.
Summer Show Committee