The quality of the exhibits at the Kamsack Horticulture Society’s 68th annual show, held Friday, was really good, according to Joan Svenson of Brandon, Man., the show’s judge.
At Kamsack the quality of the exhibits are usually good, said Svenson, who has judged the Kamsack show a number of times, and has a cottage at Madge Lake.
This is because the exhibitors know how to present their products and that makes for a good show, she said.
Members of the society have taken the training and take what they learn back to other members, Svenson said. They coach one another and know how to present exhibits properly and that information spreads out to all the members.
The Kamsack society members are always eager to help and support new members, she said.
Weather always impacts a show, she said, explaining that some years, the weather is such that it favours the development of some plants, and not others, while in the next year, other plants are favoured by the weather.
“Gardeners just have to swing with it,” she said, adding that this year has been very good for the growth of tomatoes.
“We are seeing green tomatoes you would not believe.”
This year the peas and beans are good as well as the roses, she said, adding that Kamsack is one of three such shows she is judging this season.
This year the Kamsack show had 304 exhibits by 15 exhibitors, while last year 18 exhibitors showed 261 entries, Winner of the grand aggregate award for having the most points was Vicky Koreluik with 208 points. Placing second to fi fth respectively were: Lorraine Barabash, Pat Shotenski, Marie Hudye and Ellie Kilmister.
Winners of the various classes, for having obtained the most points in the class were: Lise Rochefort, indoor/outdoor plants; Lorraine Barabash, annuals, fl oral art and fl ower arranging; Pat Shotenski, perennials (including lilies) and fruit; Vicky Koreluik, sweet peas, dahlias, gladioli and vegetables, and Marie Hudye and Ellie Kilmister (a tie), roses.
Haven Krawetz was the winner of the junior flowers category and Lorraine Barabash topped the class entitled concoctions, creations and photography.
Ellie Kilmister, who had the show’s top lily, is to have her name placed on the society’s lily plaque that was donated by Hillcrest Harmony Flowers of Churchbridge.
Each of the members donated pies which were cut and served at a tea accompanying the afternoon show, which included a rainbow auction of 36 items which were donated by members of the community. As president of the Saskatchewan Horticulture Association,
Cindy Koreluik will be attending the provincial horticulture show in Sturgis today (Thursday), when Karen Leis of Runnymede will be a judge. The Norquay horticulture show was to have been held August 12.