A Dutch perspective

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. 

Marijke Read


About sturtonandstowshow

The Sturton and Stow Agricultural and Horticultural Association celebrated its 126th anniversary in 2013. The next Annual Show will be held on 4th October 2014 at the Sturton- by-Stow Primary School and Youth Wing. The classes include: flowers, cacti, fruit, vegetables, roots, corn, cakes, art, handicrafts, floral art, cookery and photography. We also aim have a wide range of displays from local organisations and crafts people as well as a classic car display.
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