Lancashire County Show

A couple of weeks ago, 8 of our members took deep breaths and bravely entered the Lancashire Women’s Institute County Show held every year in Garstang.

One of our members, Val has written about her experience of her first year of entering and attending the show:

“We went to the Show.

When I bullied my friend Sue into making something to enter for the
Lancashire County Show I honestly thought there would be half a dozen
entries for each class and it would just be a bit of fun. We might even
win! Hah! Fun?? ……

The County Show was held last week at Garstang Golf Club. It was open for
two days and to see everything on display you really needed, well, two
days. As we were preparing our entries Sue and I suspected that there were
many rules of entry that we did not know about and had no idea of the
standard required. So it was only when we turned up to inspect the
opposition that we were told that there were 2,500 entries and that
standard was extremely high.

There was no sense of it being a bit of fun but it was really eye opening
and very interesting. It was surprising how many different interpretations
of the same theme there can be. The best part was deciding whether or not
to agree with the judges’ decisions ( – which we didn’t quite often but
that’s because it’s an impossible job they have) and reading the comments
about the work submitted (some fair, some encouraging, some very

Our WISH group put in several entries and all were well received and got
good marks and good comments. Some of our entries even WON!! I am glad I
took part and even more glad that I went to see what it was all about. Now
We Know…….”

What we learnt about The County Show …

  • Not all entries are perfect – lovely to see some uneven scones, some ‘slightly’ overdone edges
  • Not every entry will get comments from the judges – none of the cushions did:-(
  • Moulds are allowed on shortbread
  • All cakes are displayed on paper plates
  • There will be so many more entries than you expect – over 2500 this year!
  • WI members are creatures of habit and race to the restaurant at 12pm dead on.
  • Bead work basically means jewellery
  • Triangle shaped scones are fine – 2nd place this year!

Many Thanks to Val for sharing her experience. Those of us who went to Garstang all commented about how overwhelmed we were at the amount of entries and how much there was to look at. We all stayed longer than we expected to and highly recommend a trip to Garstang next year. Have a look through the slideshow – I bet you get the County Show bug!

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