Monday, 4 September 2017

Judging at the Horticultural Show

Hello All
I might do a bit of an update on my last post soon, discussing the animals, crops , money making schemes etc.
But for now I have a request.
Has anyone judged at an horticultural show and have they any tips?
I have been asked to judge the three preserve categories at our local horticultural show. At first I thought "Who? Me?" thinking I didn't have the experience. On reflection I probably do. I entered my first jar of jam at the Kingsway Hospital Show aged 10. I remember the jam was raspberry, made from fruit that I scrumped from a derelict orchard and I came 3rd. Not a bad start against the WI brigade!. Since then I have pickled, bottled, brewed and dried, salted and jammed and jellied year after year, sometimes in huge amounts.
The show is next weekend and I shall arrive as staging finishes to judge my classes and then set off immediately from the show to travel to Cornwall for a weeks sea fishing. David that is, I will be car booting, charity shopping, sewing, painting and all the other activities I follow while himself is on the briney.
So wish me luck with the judging and if you have any experience please share. The only thing I am absolutely sure of is that I shall find something positive to say about each jar, whatever the quality of the contents.
Back Soon
Gillx

10 comments:

  1. Your last paragraph says all there is any need to say Gill. My farmer judged vegetables and hay in a local show for years and he always said it was instinctive and also that another judge would probably choose a different one as everyone tries their hardest.

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    1. I've certainly looked at exhibits that I thought were the best that haven't been placed and vice versa, so I guess I can't please everyone. I'll just have to be true to my own views

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  2. Don't envy you that job!
    The worst thing is when someone gets placed and hasn't followed the schedule to the letter.
    and it's always nice to find a positive comment on the card

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    1. The schedule seems a bit vague to be honest. The only thing stressed being that the jars are 1lb jars. So I guess I can get that bit right.
      A few years ago I, and many others, entered into the victoria sandwich class (4:4:4:) The winning cake was at least an 6;6;6, being considerably wider and higher than all the others. There was much chuntering and the next year the weights were stressed more firmly in the schedule.

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  3. I've no experience but it sounds like you have it by the bucketful so I am sure it'll be obvious on the day. Best of luck!

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    1. Thanks I think I may need it. Not looking forward to tasting pickles!

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  4. I've judged painting shows; you end up being hated by 99% of the entrants. I wish you luck.

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    1. Cheers! I should imagine judging painting is much much harder as it is a very subjective and the contestants more passionate about their work.

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  5. Make sure you read the scedule first then you will need some spoons (teaspoons), some hot water in a cup to wash your spoons and a cloth to clean them and maybe a drink of water depending how many entries there are. Hope that helps.
    I'm not a judge but I have watched them whilst I've been doing my treasurery bit.
    Carolx

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    1. Very helpful Carol, thank you very much. I hadn't thought about the drink of water. Most important I should think.

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