The local allotment association show schedule became available this week. I had a good look and was amazed to discover that two of my favoured classes in the 'fun section' had been removed.
Last year was my first ever attempt at showing vegetables. My initial plan was to be able to compete at my local allotment association show but I was also persuaded to enter the NVS Southern National with my long carrots.
It just so happened that the NVS show was 2 weeks before my local show but the trouble came when I won the long carrot class at this prestigious level, as I was then told by a committee member of the allotment association, that I should be able to enter their show as I was now a professional. This if you who know will, will definitely know that I am no professional or expert of any kind and my success in the NVS show was mainly down the help and advise from a friend.
There became quite a bit of animosity and tension every time I popped in the allotment shop so I stopped going in. Things become more tense on the day when I cleared up every class I entered, taking all the Horticultural cups in my first attempt. Previously, it has always been a committee member take the main horticultural prizes and I believe I am the first committee outsider to take everything.
It was suggested to me that I was above the local show and would be best to focus on more higher level shows. I did agree and informed the committee that I would only like to enter the 'Fun Class, which is basically the biggest and heaviest of everything. This is fun to do and many people try to grow the heaviest marrow, longest runner bean and of course longest carrot and parsnip.
The 2012 show schedule came out this week and to my astonishment, the longest carrot and parsnip classes have been removed from the Fun Class for the first time since the show has been running. Despite what they say, you can bet your money this is an attempt to prevent me from winning this section, as two of the classes I had won previously, have now been taken away leaving just 6 out of the original 8 classes in the section.
How small minded and spite people can get. There seemed to be more enthusiasm and interested in the quality veg on display last year than previous and this can only be good advertising to promote gardening and showing in the local area.
Well with two of my classes now removed, I feel that I may just enter the rest of the horticultural classes again with my left over veg from my other main shows. Watch this space, as I won't be at all surprised if my application is rejected