Report of Honiton Show 2019 – Bees and Honey Marquee
The 129th Honiton Agricultural Show held on the customary first Thursday in August was another great day. Jointly organised by Exeter and East Devon Branches of Devon Beekeepers’ Association, the weather was warm and dry with occasional cloud, which brought the crowds out in large numbers.
117 entries for the competition came from 4 different branches enabling the Honey Judge, Mr Jack Mummery, to award the coveted Blue Ribbon for the Best Exhibit in Show to Liz Westcott for her display of 6 identical wax blocks.
Other awards included:
The Fred Barratt Shield for highest points in the honey classes – Brahim Meraga (Tiverton)
The Basil Salter Wax Challenge Cup – Liz Westcott (Torbay)
The Griffin Cup (composite entry) – Brahim Meraga (Tiverton)
The Uplyme Cup for cookery – Sue Sturdy (Exeter)
The Honiton Show Cup for highest points in all classes – joint winners Sylvia Guest (Exeter) and Brahim Meraga (Tiverton)
The Bee Creative Competition, in the 7 year old section, the winner is Luna Le Petit.
The Branch Cup for the Branch with the highest points – East Devon
As usual Mr David Beazley of Exeter College carried out some excellent judging of the Cookery Classes.
This year, Class 14 entries (photograph on a bee related subject), was voted for by visitors to the Bees and Honey marquee. The winner was Liz Westcott for her photo of a group of beekeepers ‘in action’.
Unfortunately there were few entries from Novice Beekeepers. There is nothing to fear and entering your products is an excellent way of learning from other beekeepers and the experienced judges what requirements must be met when producing and selling your products.
Vic Willmington was demonstrating skep making. Imogen Hallam had long queues waiting for her face painting of bees. Other attractions were two observation hives, an information stand, honey sales, candle rolling and Taste of Honey, all well attended. Val Bone was selling her attractive bee-themed bags and other useful articles.
East Devon and Tiverton provided their latest displays and answered plenty of queries from the public. St Bridgets Nursery, Exeter, supplied four attractive displays of bee-friendly plants.
David Robinson, Managing Director of Sutton Seeds & National Beekeeping Supplies presented the prizes. Sutton Seeds also had a stall with some relevant products, such as a range of bee friendly seeds and ‘bug’ hotels, and experienced staff were on hand to give good advice to all. They had very generously donated prizes to the three childrens’ classes, which were much appreciated by the recipients.
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)
David Robinson presents the Fred Barrett Shield to Brahim Meraga
Liz Westcott receives the Basil Salter Cup
Sue Sturdy holding the Uplyme Cup
Brahim Meraga wins the Griffin Cup
East Devon win the new Branch Cup
Liz Westcott also wins the Blue Ribbon for best exhibit in show
Brahim Meraga and Sylvia Guest share the Honiton Show Cup