Green fingered Harrogate district residents will be showing off their horticultural skills for all to see when the Harrogate and District Allotment Federation holds its 54th Annual Allotment Show on Sunday, 17 August 2014 in Harrogate’s Valley Gardens.
Star of the show is the produce grown by members of the Federation who will be happy to offer advice and guidance to any budding vegetable and fruit growers. And of course it isn’t just vegetables and fruit; they know about flowers and plants and how to turn their produce into delicious jams, pickles and puddings.
This year’s show, which has been jointly organized with Harrogate Borough Council is set to be the biggest yet with many of the district’s allotment holders attending to show off the fruits of their labours.
The allotment show, which is held in the Sun Pavilion in Valley Gardens, starts at 12.00 noon and finishes at 4.00pm. Stalls on the colonnades, selling a variety of plants, cakes, honey, jams, preserves, books, gifts, crafts and much more will be open from 11am. Visitors will also have the opportunity to enter a variety of competitions and will be entertained by the JB Big Band who will be performing from 2.00pm.
The show will feature efforts from over 50 keen gardeners, novices and children; and the 84 classes in the competition will showcase a wide selection of vegetables, fruit, flowers, cakes and preserves.
Councillor Jim Clark, Mayor of the Borough of Harrogate, will open the show at 12 noon and will present the prizes to the winners at 3.45pm. Once the show is over the allotment holders will auction their produce, and the winners of the raffle will be announced.
All funds raised this year will go towards Ripon Walled Garden, which provides a range of activities for young people and adults with learning difficulties and mental health problems.