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Report of Honiton Show 2021 – Bees and Honey Marquee

The 130th Honiton Agricultural Show took place on Thursday 5th and Friday 6th August, 2021, breaking with tradition by extending the Show to two days. The Bees and Honey marquee also broke with tradition by re-arranging the stalls to provide a Covid-safe layout.

It was very hot setting up on Wednesday, VERY wet and muddy on Thursday and showers on Friday (see photos). Despite the reduced layout there were the traditional stalls of Candle Rolling, Taste of Honey and Honey Sales, but no cookery classes in the Competition, and no live bees.

Indications were that foot fall was less than normal, but those that did brave the weather were all keen for a day out and spending their money, so Sales were brisk!

The entries for the competition came from 4 different branches and were sufficient in number for the Honey Judge, Mr Jack Mummery, to award the coveted Blue Ribbon for the Best Exhibit in Show. This year’s winner was Brahim Meraga, of Tiverton branch, for his Honey entry.

Other awards included:
The Evelyn Pelham Salver to the winner of Class 8 (6 jars labelled for sale) – Nick Silver (East Devon)
Ges Pelham has provided a salver to be presented to the winner of Class 8 each year in remembrance of his wife , Evelyn Pelham, who had great success down the years in this section.

The Fred Barratt Shield for highest points in the honey classes – Brahim Meraga (Tiverton)

The Basil Salter Wax Challenge CupLiz Westcott (Torbay)

The Griffin Cup (composite entry) – Sylvia Guest (Exeter)

The Robin Kirkcaldie CupChris Carr (Exeter)

The Honiton Show Cup for highest points in all classes – Brahim Meraga (Tiverton)

The Branch Cup for the Branch with the highest points – East Devon
Congratulations to all East Devon members who contributed to this result!

Grateful thanks go to the hard-working Committee and all the volunteer stewards who make the event possible.

Prize winners in all the competition classes can be found HERE (PDF sheet)

 

 

The Weather

 

Conditions at the Show groundConditions at the Show ground

Rain didn't stop the crowdsRain didn’t stop the crowds

Muddy under footMuddy under foot

 

The Show

 

Roll-a-candleRoll-a-candle – always popular with the kids

Honey Sales stewardsHoney Sales stewards

Honey Sales displayHoney Sales display

Judging under way
Judging under way

Competition Judge, Jack Mummery
Competition Judge, Jack Mummery

Checking clarity and colour
Checking clarity and colour

Judging the Decorated Super class
Judging the ‘Decorated Super’ class

Sue Stokes, Judge's assistantSue Stokes (Judge’s assistant) was brought in at the last minute and did a splendid job

Taste of honeyTaste of honey stewards hard at work

Reminder that the virus can still be a problemReminder that the virus can still be a problem

The TrophiesThe Trophies

Evelyn Pelham salverThe Evelyn Pelham salver, new this year

Evelyn Pelham salver to Mike WaltersVal Pelham passing the Evelyn Pelham salver to Mike Walters, competition Secretary, before the Show