Flowers, crafts and photos on display

Flowers, crafts and photos on display

5 September 2018

KILLINCHY Presbyterian Church held its annual harvest fair and flower show on Saturday and although the day started dull and damp the sun soon came out to make it a glorious day for the show.

The usual classes in cut flowers and plants, floral art, handcrafts, photography, children’s classes, fruit, vegetables, home produce, baking and preserves all attracted good entries.

Outside there were a variety of garden games to keep the young and not so young entertained, plus classic cars and motorcycles on display. 

Before the show was opened everyone had the opportunity to view all the exhibits while being entertained by some lively music from the Belfast Ukulele Jam and afternoon tea at a Mad Hatter-themed tea party.

Dr Annes Nel, church minister, gave a short reading and prayer before the show was opened by David Maxwell, from BBC’s Gardeners’ Corner, who gave a short demonstration of when and how to take cuttings.

There was further entertainment from Jane and Sian, from the Antrim and Derry Fiddle Group, and a display of drum major skill from Christie Steele, of Hollymount Pipe Band, to music by Fleur East’s Sax.

Before the prizes were awarded there was an opportunity for the handymen — and women — to bid in an auction for garden tools and equipment.

Cups were then awarded in the following sections:

Flowers and plants, Robert McClurg; fruit, vegetables and farm produce, Alan Morrison; home baking, Jackie Bennett; preserves, Mervyn Warrington; handcrafts, Margaret Ritchie.

Taylor Perpetual Cup for floral art, Ruth Hanna; Mary Thompsett Cup for floral art novice class: Hazel Irvine, best exhibit in floral art, Ingrid Jellie.

Photography: joint winners, Frank Robertson, D Robertson and Leanne McBride.

Children’s classes:  8 years and under — 1st Aaron Wilson, 2nd Abigail Russell;  9-12 years — 1st Kate Farmer, 2nd Olivia Russell; junior baking, Emily McDowell.

Killinchy Perpetual Challenge Cup (for exhibitor gaining most points in show): Alan Morrison; Special Andrews Class (Sponsored by Andrews Mill) — Lemon Drizzle Cake,  1st Marion Allen, 2nd Ruth Irvine, 3rd Ruth Irvine.

The committee and organisers would like to thank all who supported and helped in any to make the show such a success.