The Slough Horticultural Show took place on Saturday 17 August at Lascelles Park, and the sun was shining after a tense week of watching the weather forecast!
The Mayor of Slough, Councillor Avtar Kaur Cheema, attended the show and supported the stall holders by purchasing from various stalls, as well as having a full tour of the show and competition entries and presented the best in show prizes, accompanied by Norman Grundon.
Arbor the 18ft tall tree puppet was a very popular part of the show. Arbor the tree performed by theatre company – Smoking Apples, was sponsored by HOME Slough as part of their community festivals development program.
As well as giving three performances throughout the day, he could be found walking the park, and the subject of many selfies! As part of his main show he encouraged the audience to plant and nurture their own trees, Arbor gave each person a sapling to take home, leaving a legacy that will last for generations.
Basil and Crew’s mobile farm, the fun fair, and small car racing track were massive hits with younger visitors, and Elite Drummers and 153 Squadron Air Cadets drew in a large crowd of all ages with their arena performances.
There was a huge variety of stalls and exhibits from the land girls and WW2 exhibit and 1916 Pierce Arrow Model R Lorry exhibited by show sponsor Grundon, to an arts and craft activity stall for the little ones, run by Antz Kidz, there really was something for everyone!
There were lots of competitions to enter, from home grown produce and plants to baking, brewing, art, craft and photography. Competition entries were up 36 per cent on last year, with more residents becoming involved in each of the different categories!
The overall competition winners were:
Best in Show - Nick Bird
Most Points Horticultural Classes - Autar Somal
Best Vegetable exhibit - Maxine Packer
Grundon Challenge Cup - Michaela Temple
Highest number of points Cookery - Gwenda Cornish
Most points under 7yrs - Reuben Antao-Bento
Most points 7-11yrs - Lily-May Wall
Herschel Challenge Cup - Rozina Khalid.
Youth Challenge Best Scarecrow - 153 Squadron Air Cadets - with Simba from the Lion King.
Haley Baldwin, Slough Allotment Federation, said: “I was so pleased to see so many people enjoying the show on Saturday. This is the culmination of months of hard work and it’s amazing to see all of the competition entries and the wide range of talented people we have in the local area.
“It was amazing to see the public's reaction to Arbor and so many new exhibitors and I really enjoyed seeing Datchet Border Morris perform. Thank you to everyone who contributed or entered the show and to all of the volunteers for giving their time both organising the show in the months beforehand, and on the day.”