RULES AND REGULATIONS

Making an Entry is an acceptance of the following Rules and Regulations.

1. The Show is open except in the case of Section “G” – Rainbows, Beavers, Brownies, Cubs, Guides, Scouts and Chipmunks Nursery.

2. No exhibitor shall enter more than one exhibit in each class.

3. Sections “A” and “B”
a. Not more than one member of a household occupying the same premises will be allowed to compete in the same class.
b. Exhibits must be grown in the competitor’s own garden or allotment.
c. Entries acceptable only from amateur gardeners. (Definition of an amateur – A person who neither makes gardening a full-time business nor employs a regular gardener).

4. Sections “D”, “DP”, “E” and “F”. Only entries not previously shown may be exhibited in these classes.

5. All entries must be individual. Separate entry forms must be completed by each individual competitor, even when occupying the same premises. Entrance Fees to be paid with entry form: Adults – 20p per entry. Children – 10p per entry
Children’s ages on 31st August 2022 must be given.

FORMS and entry fees to be returned to Miss Hemming, 4 High Street, Upton St Leonards by 8.00pm on the WEDNESDAY before the Show. LATE ENTRIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

6. All exhibitors will be supplied with cards giving their Classes and Exhibit numbers for each entry. These cards are to be placed with the exhibits when staged. Cards to be collected from the Show Secretary in the Show Office on the morning of the Show.

7. Where exhibitors are unable to be present to stage their exhibits, helpers will carry this out if the exhibits are sent to the Show before 10.00am on the day of the Show.

8. All exhibits must be ready for the Judges by
10.30am. This time will be strictly adhered to. The Committee will be present to receive exhibits from 8.00am to 10.15am on the day of the Show. All exhibits to be removed from the Show between 5.00pm and 5.30pm – NO EARLIER than this please. There will NOT be an auction of unclaimed produce.

9. The decision of the judges will be final and they have the power to withhold prizes if, in their opinion, there are not sufficient entries, or in any case of infringement of the Rules.

10. The Committee reserve the right to object to any exhibit and have power to settle any dispute arising for which these rules do not provide. There shall be no appeal from their decision.

11. The Committee will not be responsible for any loss or damage that may arise, but will take all possible care of exhibits.

12. The Cups will be presented at
4.30pm. If the winners are not able to be present in person, they must delegate someone else to receive the awards on their behalf.

13. Prize monies will be distributed from
4.45pm.

14. Any person who has any query regarding the Rules should contact the Chairman.

Hints to Exhibitors

Read the schedule carefully, especially that part relating to the classes you are entering. Do not leave submission of your entry form to the last moment. Note the different times given on the entry form for submitting entries.

Remember to give yourself plenty of time to stage your exhibit.

On arrival at the show tent, get your entry cards from the responsible officials and stage your exhibit for the particular class in the space on the table. Do not interfere in any way with the exhibits already staged by other exhibitors. If you have a problem, seek the help of a Steward.

Take care to avoid any of your entries being judged “N.A.S.” (Not According to Schedule) and thus disqualified.

Do not use too many flowers for arrangements in vases – effect should be the aim of the exhibitor, each bloom should be clearly seen. Stage flowers with their foliage. Wherever foliage is used in any exhibit it must be of its own kind, e.g. do not use gladioli leaves with dahlias, or asparagus fern with sweet peas.

Arrangements for effect may be considered except where a definite number of blooms, spikes or sprays are stated.

Hanging baskets may include wire-framed baskets or plastic self-watering bowls.
In fruit and vegetable classes, aim at uniformity of size and remember that large and coarse specimens do not usually win prizes. Do not polish apples or remove stalks from fruit. Remove only the loose outer skin of onions. All roots should be washed.

Note the difference in the words “kind” and “variety” (or cultivar).
KIND…..Apples, pears, plums are distinct KINDS of fruit;
………….Peas, beans, cabbages, are distinct KINDS of vegetables.
………….Roses, violas, sweet peas, are distinct KINDS of flowers.

VARIETY…..Cox’s Orange Pippin, Newton Wonder, Lanes Prince Albert are distinct (CULTIVAR) VARIETIES of apples;
Showgirl, Peace, Virgo are distinct VARIETIES of roses;
Onward, Little Marvel, Peter Pan are distinct VARIETIES of peas.

Be clear on your understanding of the definitions.

Annual: A plant which naturally and ordinarily begins and ends its growth, seeds, and dies (irrespective of frost) within 1 year.

Biennial: A plant which ordinarily requires two seasons to complete its life cycle: growing one year, flowering, seeding and dying the next year.

Perennial: A plant which lasts many years. Includes trees and shrubs, plants which grow from bulbs, corms and tubers, and in fact all plants that are not annuals or biennials.

Herbaceous Perennials: Last for many years and have flower stems which yearly die down to the ground but rootstocks which remain alive throughout the dormant season. For garden purposes, the word “rootstock” includes all bulbs, corms and tubers.

Bowl: A vessel for displaying cut flowers in water or for growing bulbous plants and having a mouth width measurement at least equal to, but usually greater than, its height.

Vase: A vessel for displaying cut flowers in water and having a greater height than the width measurement of its mouth.

POT PLANTS – These should have been in ownership for at least two months.