The Flower Show and Wool Exhibition on Saturday, April 4, was a great success despite the inclement weather.
An amazing display of cut flowers, despite the earlier dry conditions, filled the Wiseman-Crowley Hall. A much admired gerbera entered by Olive Mansfield won the Alice Bullough Trophy for the grand champion bloom of the show. Robbie Burge, Alice Bullough’s daughter, presented the trophy.
Jean Robinson exhibited the Champion Rose and Audrey Carey was awarded the Champion Dahlia. Ruth Reece’s arrangement of ‘Seduction’ roses was the champion in the Decorative Flower section. The organisers were thrilled with the involvement of the younger members of the community with Crystal Cooper’s decorated saucer winning the Junior Championship in Floral Art.
The array of cut flowers were complimented by a collection of paintings by Bingara Central School students which formed a colourful mosaic on the walls of the hall. The Junior Art section reflected the wonderful talent of the students and the obvious skills of their teachers. Of particular interest was the amazing display of creative art by Year 1 students who each received a Highly Commended award. The Junior Art Champion trophy was awarded to Dakota McCosker.
The Art Judge, Jenny Coote, commented that Diana Kazanili’s entry, “Australian Animals”, was clearly defined, well balanced, perfectly lined, expressive and great reality. Diana’s entry was awarded the Senior Art Championship.
In the Handicraft and Cooking sections, judged by Miss Fay Grieve, Madge Coulton was awarded the ‘Ron and Dawn Choice’ Memorial Prize in the Senior Handicraft and Amy Luckett received the Junior Handicraft trophy. Ruth Reece was also Champion Cook at this year’s Flower Show with Rachel Heaton’s entry being chosen for Junior Cooking Champion.
In the Photographic section, which was very well supported, a new addition was the ‘People’s Choice’. Anna Capel’s “Winter Morn – Rocky Creek House Paddock” was the favourite.
In the Wool Exhibition, Charlie Quelch maintained his long standing record as one of the Championship winners with his high quality fleece.
Both the Dog High Jump and the Pet Show provided a lot of entertainment for both the competitors and the spectators.
After an enjoyable baked luncheon, patrons were treated to a parade of elegant fashions modelled by Jan Walker, Lynette Stirling, Daph King and Crystal Cooper and provided by Boutique Capri.
Mrs Di Gallagher, Head Teacher at Bingara Central School opened the Flower Show. Mrs Gallagher commented on the organisation and variety of exhibits at the show. Mrs Gallagher then presented the prizes. This was their first Flower Show for the Reverend Darbyshire and his wife, Jenny. He welcomed everyone to the show and then concluded the proceeding with an invitation to afternoon tea.
Full results in next week’s edition.