Saturday, 4 September 2010

Winning prizes at Lowick Show!

We've been at Lowick Show (just down the road from us) all day, soaking up the sun and checking out everything the show had to offer. Oh, and I won some prizes!

I won first prize for class 74 in the handicrafts section: 'any knitted article using any wool not specified above' (i.e. not aran, double knitting or 3 or 4 ply) with my hand spun hand knitted leaf scarf...
My winning knitting!
I made the scarf using this yarn and the Eden knitting pattern from my Knitalong book. I must admit at this point that my scarf was the only entry into this class so I wasn't exactly up against any stiff opposition... I still feel proud though! :)

I also won third prize in the 'Show Day' themed photography class with my picture of a blue rosette at the Westmorland Show last year...
My third prize photo
I've never entered anything into a competition at a show before so it was quite exciting. We had to keep walking past the home produce and handicrafts marquee all morning to check if the judging was finished so I could see whether I'd won anything!

I always find the home produce and handicrafts tent interesting anyway and this year was no exception. There are so many weird and wonderful classes to compete in (although I'm always envious of the children's classes and wish I could have a go at those too!).

Anyone for decorated cupcakes?
Decorated cupcakes

Snake themed ones perhaps?
Decorated snake themed cupcakes

Or maybe some with a veg patch theme?
Decorated veg plot themed cupcakes

The Lego class was very competitive but my favourite was this colourful windmill...
Lego windmill model

There were some cheery gingerbread men (I liked this one's sparkly trousers)...
Gingerbread dude

And some impressive miniature gardens on 10" plates (this one had a tiny veg patch and washing line!)...
Miniature garden on a plate

The fruit and vegetable animal or insect class is always worth a look. This fantastic snail was my favourite...
Fruit and veg snail

Grown-up classes included plenty of vegetables and some stunning flowers...
Tables of floral displays

And of course there were tables groaning under the weight of delicious looking home made cakes, quiches, tray bakes and preserves...
Tables of home produce

There was plenty to see outdoors too, including all kinds of animals. Plenty of Herdwick sheep were on show...
Herdwick ram face

Some of whom had just been shorn...
Shorn Herdwick

Gigantic Shorthorn bulls...
Huge shorthorn bull by trailer

A selection of Shire horses...
Shires in the Grand Parade

Some Alpacas from Town End Alpacas...
Town End alpacas

Plus lots and lots of lovely horses and ponies competing in the in hand and ridden classes...
Bay pony

Grey pony 1

There was a stick show...
Winning horn stick

And an exciting tug o' war!
Tug o' war 1

Heave!
Tug o' war 3

By the end of the day I felt like this...
Sleeping sheep 2

But it was great fun and I'll hopefully be back (with more handicrafts and home produce to show) next year! :)

PS You can see my full set of photos from Lowick show on Flickr here.

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