Horticulture bench show coming up next weekend

There are only a few days left before this year’s Rimbey & District Horticulture and Bench Show

There are only a few days left before this year’s Rimbey & District Horticulture and Bench Show so anyone who wants to participate needs to make sure the finishing touches are completed to their exhibits.

This Friday, (August 15) entrants may drop off their exhibits at the Rimbey Drop In Centre.

Categories include cut flowers and arrangements, vegetables and fruits, knitting and thread arts (quilting, sewing, knitting, needlework), miscellaneous crafts, (baskets, wood carving, leather work, jewelry, etc.)

Categories also include photography, (digital and conventional, unframed, mounted on white cardstock with one half inch border), culinary (baking, preserves, jams, jellies). Baking must be original (no mixes or purchased pie shells) and no meringue or cream pies will be accepted. Baking must be enclosed in clear plastic.

Jams, jellies and preserves must be sealed and new lids are preferred.

In the youth category, colouring, printing, writing, crafting and crafts will be accepted. Children from grades one to six will be judged on their printing and grades seven to twelve on their handwriting. Arts and crafts will include youngsters of all ages.

A novice category will be available for those who have not entered any items in the bench show previously.

All judges are accredited by the horticulture association.

Sat., Aug. 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. is the public viewing and entrants are encouraged to leave their exhibits at the Rimbey Drop In Centre until after the public has left.

There were 609 exhibits entered by 50 people at last year’s horticulture and bench show.

Joy Bruca won the Alberta Horticultural Rosette with 148 points and 68 entries at last year’s show.

The horticulture club operates under the umbrella of the Rimbey & District Agriculture Society.

The club offers a variety of opportunities to its members. Over the years, there have been speakers on various topics, luncheons, greenhouse and garden tours, seminars, plant swaps, information sharing, community services and education.

The club meets most months on the third Wednesday at 9 a.m. at the Rimbey Drop In Centre.

Interested individuals are welcome to call Gail Hood at 403-843-2539.

Hood may also be reached at that number for more information or to obtain an entry book about the horticulture and bench show.