Rainbows and roses help create bumper show for Dales village

I can make a rainbow - Clari Hodgson, junior winner.

By Betsy Everett

Askrigg’s first-ever online produce show drew more than 600 entries in what organisers have described as an “overwhelming” response.

More than 100 people, many of whom had never entered before, sent photographs of everything, from their original artwork to celebration cakes and the perfect lettuce.

Even the coronavirus, which had caused the disruption in the first place, played its part, inspiring new categories such as Lockdown and Covid-19.

Typing dogs, hero dads and tranquil landscapes captured the judges’ imaginations and made it a difficult and demanding task.

“The number and quality of the entries has been exceptional,” said committee chair Mike Dechezeaux.

“We were delighted to see that creativity and talent are still thriving in Wensleydale and that so many in our community and beyond wanted to contribute to our small and usually very traditional show.”

The quality of the photographs was particularly good this year, he said.  So much so that the committee are already planning their next – new – venture: a 2021 calendar, featuring the best of the photos, which will be sold for charity.

“We want to keep all of our regular and new entrants engaged and enthusiastic for next year when we will hopefully be returning to our usual home in Askrigg Village Hall,” he added.

Winners: Overall, most points in show, Ruth Griffiths. Floral Art, Ruth Griffiths. Horticulture, Karen Jones. Roses, Rhian Liddell. Vegetables, Karen Jones. Eggs, Sue Stokes. Handicrafts, Dawn Kirkbride and Christina Salter. Art, MaryRose Kearney. Photography, Neil McNair. Pre-school Lizzie Metcalfe and Ada Middleton. Infants, Jo Hodgson. Juniors, Clari Hodgson.

To see all winners and entries visit https://askriggproduceshow.weebly.com

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