I am from Holland and, as far as I know, we do not have anything like Agricultural Shows. The first time I became aware of it them was when my mother-in-law entered a crocheted garment, which I had made for her, into the Heckington Show and I won the 2nd prize.
We bought a house in Stow in 1989, but were mainly living abroad where work was. Occasionally I would visit the Show when we were in Stow. In 2000 I was asked if I would like to join the committee as a representative of Stow. I agreed and, from then, an interest in taking part in the competition grew.
I noticed that in the flower arranging section the same lady always seemed to get the 1st prizes and most points. Ha, I thought, I am going to try to break that circle. And I did, I won a first prize with my 10cm high flower arrangement. In the years to follow I entered flower arrangements, embroidery, painting, crochet and my first pear. Most entries won a prize. Even our older son received a cup for his artwork as a youngster of Stow.
By taking entries in the Village Hall, I got to know quite a few people. I loved stewarding at the show and I was allocated to the baking and preserve section. The judges took their job very seriously and we were always the last to finish. I served on the committee till 2003, when we left again.
We are now back and I do hope to visit the 125th Show and offer my support to a great event for young and old.