Our Community Association
held its 24th annual Flower and Vegetable Show on September 1st.
As the centrepiece event in the community’s calendar it
is always eagerly anticipated by everyone in the district. It
was held in St. Patrick’s Church Parochial Hall.
The weather on the day was not promising. Early exhibitor’s
arrival was accompanied by an overcast sky and steady drizzle;
not at all a promising opening to the day. Happily gardeners are
a hardy sort and are apparently undeterred by a little ‘damp’
in the air. Fortunately as the bustle of activity increased the
sun came out. To my mind there are fewer more beautiful sights
than seeing Drumbeg Church Hall full of plants and flowers with
the sun streaming through its long windows. The place almost seems
to glow. There were around 200 exhibits across the Classes by
the close of staging. Mr. John McCausland who is an old friend
of the event acted as show judge. Now in his eighties John has
a passion for begonias and has the most wonderful display every
year in his garden. Where most of us might try our hand at a few
he cultivates them in their hundreds! Despite his years, his enthusiasm
and energy for gardening remains undiminished. This year he had
particular praise for the fruit and vegetable growers who despite
the difficult weather conditions had still been able to produce
entries of a very high quality.
The show was opened by the well known amateur golfer Darren Crowe
of Drumbeg. Young Darren is one of the foremost amateur golfers
in Ireland; his most recent success being victory in the South
of Ireland Amateur Open Championship this year. Darren confessed
to not being much of a gardener although he did admit to having
dug himself into the odd hole on the golf course! We were very
grateful to him for staying to present the Class Certificates
and Show Cups.
We were also privileged to have the Northern Ireland Fire &
Rescue Service Band to provide musical accompaniment which proved
a very fitting backdrop to the whole event and was much appreciated
by all. As an added attraction the children were given an introduction
to Mad Science. The eccentric professor dressed in a white coat
and hair trying to escape in all directions held an audience of
young and not-so-young in thrall as he demonstrated, through the
use of tubes, bottles, a hair dryer and two drain plungers, some
of the weird, wonderful and unbelievable properties of the world
around us. There was mention of a chair of nails but I didn’t
The main awards were as follows:
• Sandra Abbott won Best in Show.
• Roy O’Neill won Best Fruit and Vegetable Exhibit.
• Sandra Abbott won Best Floral Art Exhibit
• Oliver Ryder Moore was awarded the Children’s Cup
for his delightful miniature garden on a plate.
Thanks need to be extended to the church (Rev. R. Devenney and
his Officers) for all their assistance and every business and
individual who contributed to the Show ballot and the Sales Table.
Last but not least where would we be without the gardening enthusiasts?
Who every year, come rain, hail or shine, delight and amaze with
what they are able to conjure out of the earth in time for the
event. Without you and your endeavours there would be no Show.
Thank you all.
report by David Watson