Colourful Emsworth Show attracts thousands of visitors

On show - Emsworth's horticultural show drew in the crowds.''C121124-5 Emsworth Show  Photo Louise Adams
On show - Emsworth's horticultural show drew in the crowds.''C121124-5 Emsworth Show Photo Louise Adams

More than 5,000 visitors flocked to Emsworth’s Recreation Ground on bank holiday Monday (August 27) for the annual Emsworth Show.

Visitors enjoyed a whole host of family fun, from a range of horticultural show exhibits, a dog show and an eclectic mix of events being held in the two show arenas.

The horticultural show attracted more than 600 competition entries, including photography and craft competitions, which was a highlight of the show.

Children had the opportunity to get creative and make miniature gardens and animals made out of unusual-shaped vegetables.

“The showground was very full. We were very pleased with the response to the horticultural show itself because this year has been a particularly bad year for growing things with all the wet weather it made quite a lot of vegetables and flowers difficult to grow.

“We were particularly pleased that people managed to produce such wonderful exhibits considering the atrocious weather conditions for growing,” said Daphne Tomsett, chairman of the Emsworth Show.

A range of fun activities were on offer for youngsters, including train and pony rides, bouncy castles, face painting, trampolines and an inflatable slide. 
Around 100 pedigree participants took part in the annual dog show, which attracted a lot of interest.

The event, which has been running for around 40 years, also included displays from Zero Gravity Mountain Bikes, clog dancing and The Quack Pack.

An attraction which proved very popular among the younger visitors was the ferret racing competition from Ferret Worlds. 
The racing involved a small tube for the ferret to run down, with tubes either side for the children to race the ferret on their hands 
and knees.

Visitors also enjoyed the sounds of Opposite Sax, an all-girl saxophone quartet.

A number of organisations from the area were running stalls on the day, including the Emsworth Museum and the Emsworth Residents Association. A grand auction took place at the end of the show to auction off the produce.

Representatives of the Emsworth Show would like to thank all the people who donated prizes for the raffle and all the sponsors of the Emsworth Show.