THERE will be carrots, cakes and crafts in every crevice of the Newcastle West community centre next week when the town hosts its 44th annual flower show.
The competition, which has long been established as one of the premier events of its kind in the region, will see local growers and hobbyists battle it out to win their share of €2,025 in prize money, and no little amount of prestige.
Patricia Lenihan, a member of the flower show organising committee, said that the last minute preparations for what promises to be a bumper event are already in full swing.
“It always gets busy a few weeks out from the show, but there’s a very hard working committee and we’re happy with how it’s gone. Every year we get a nice number of entries.”
Visitors will have a chance to enjoy the fruits, flowers and other pieces on display in a host of categories next Wednesday night from 7.30pm to 9pm, and from 7pm to 9pm on Thursday.
As well as the traditional competition categories such as cut flowers, pot plants and vegetable growing, this year will also see a number of craft and photography classes open to entrants of all ages.
“We’ve the craft categories again this year, and we’ve added pottery too. There’s photographs as well, if anyone has nice photos they’ve taken,” Ms Lenihan said.
“The vegetables and flowers are always the big draw. We’ve flower arranging again this year. We’re hoping to get a bigger response to that this year”.
The community centre near the Castle Demesne will be open for people to drop in their entries next Tuesday from 8pm to 10pm, and again on Wednesday morning from 9.30am to 11.30am. Independent professional judges will then decide on the winners in each category, and prizes will be awarded on Thursday evening at 9pm.
Ms Lenihan said that people looking to enter the competition should give as much notice as possible to members of the organising committee.
“We haven’t got anything in so far, because it’s always the weekend before people start putting their bits and pieces together.
“We like to get the entries in as soon as possible, but if people want to give a list of their entries to me or another member of the committee on Sunday or Monday, that would let us know what’s coming”.
Entry to the show is €3 for adults and €1.50 for children. For more information on the show, contact Patricia Lenihan on 069 62728, Joan and Jack Buicke on 069 62559, or Imelda Guiry on 087 9731285.