MESSAGE FROM THE ONION SHOW MANAGER
(from the 2018 Onion Show Schedule)
It doesn’t seem a year ago that I was writing my first message as Show Manager.
My first years’ experience in this post has been challenging - a steep learning curve but enjoyable, made easier by the legacy of Mike and June Davies‘ 20 years of hard work, when the first Show had just 7 classes and 30 entries. Last year we had 150 entries a drop in the previous 2 years entries due to the Welsh National Show being held on the same day.
As you can imagine, the Onion Show didn’t just happen, there are so many people to thank for their help and support from the planning stage to those who helped on the day - Thank you
In September last year at the National Vegetable Society A.G.M. Mike Davies F.N.V.S was presented with the N.V.S Martin Robinson Award for outstanding achievement in getting the Onion Show to the standard it is today.
The Onion Show was established in 1996 as part of the Fayre and when Mike became Chairman in 2001 he affiliated the Onion Show with the NVS. Since it’s early beginnings the Show has gone from strength to strength, and I’m sure those of you who have been part of the Onion Show will join me in congratulating Mike on this achievement.
The weather at the end of the year has been very variable in Gloucestershire. More frost than usual in November, 6-8 inches of snow on the 10th December and the new year brought rain and very high winds. We look forward to the Spring hoping the weather can only get better for the gardeners. Many of us will have planted out garlic and shallots in the garden and the prize leeks will be under lights somewhere warm.
As we approach the 23rd year of the Onion Show I would like to encourage past and new exhibitors to enter the Show this year. It is your efforts presented on the Show bench that will enable this unique Show to carry on in future years.
The Vegetable Characters are a very important addition to the Show and add colour and fun to the day. Last year there was a good number of entries from the Beavers and Newent Community School in their own sections. It is very encouraging to see the young people having an interest and taking part.
The Cookery section entries are growing, showing various culinary using the onion family.
As with any event this year’s Show is in the planning stage, many months before the actual date and is dependent on sponsors and helpers to ensure the day runs as smoothly as it can. We are grateful for your continued support. If you feel you can spare some time on the day please let me know.
Any queries please contact me;
Newent Onion Show Manager
Tel: 01531 822905