Two Swedes winner a real turnip for the books

Jill Raffo's first prize-winning Two Swedes - a novel solution to a declining category!
Jill Raffo's first prize-winning Two Swedes - a novel solution to a declining category!

One competitor at Egton Show found a novel way of landing first prize in a category which has sadly fallen into decline.

For a couple of years now class seven in the farm produce – two swedes – has only attracted one or two entries.

We all agreed it was worthy of first prize - there wasn’t a turnip in sight

Irene Willis-Feasby

The show committee debated whether to axe it but decided to give it one more year - and were pleased they did.

Exhibitor Jill Raffo, formerly of Whitby and now living in Sheffield, must have noticed the decline at previous shows and put her own entry forward.

Irene Willis-Feasby, who supplied the horticulture and handicraft results to the Gazette, said: “When the farm produce judge Mr Swalwell and his steward Ken Lydall arrived at class seven, I heard some laughter.

“Mr Lydall summoned me over to ask what I thought about giving the exhibit a prize.

“When I saw the entry, I too burst into a fit of laughter, which then caused other judges and stewards to come and see.

“We all agreed it was worthy of a first prize, especially as there wasn’t a turnip in sight.”

picture: Richard Saltmarsh