Growing for gold in 102nd cottage show
A HUGE cactus, large leeks and even chocolate crispy cakes were some of the centrepieces of the 102nd St Stephen Cottage Gardening Show.
Show secretary Rita Whitford said the event was a "marvellous exhibition" with almost 60 exhibitors and 161 classes.
Overall winner of this year's show was Loretta Ruse from Helston, who was presented with the Pearl Richards Memorial Cup.
Richard Turpin, from Fraddon, scooped the Brian Whitford Memorial Cup for the best exhibit in show with his huge cactus plant and the most points in the pot plant section.
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Tywardreath's Mike Blake was rewarded with the most points in the vegetable section and best exhibit for potatoes and parsnips.
Other winners were Paul Yeo, a St Stephen Cottage Gardening committee member, who scooped awards for best hanging basket, best patio container and best garden, and brother and sister Jason and Sandra Wilton, 13 and 10 respectively, from Menna, who won prizes in the 9 to 15 years' group.
Bryn Whitford, 9, proved the way to winning glory was through the judges' stomachs with his chocolate crispy cakes and he also picked up an award for his cactus. Mrs Whitford said: "The judges said it was the best show they had been to so far. I was thrilled because four of the big exhibitors were on holiday and I thought we might struggle.
"But in the end we had more exhibitors than last year."
The awards were presented by Grace Gribble, who opened the show.