Robust Rutlanders were far from deterred by the torrential rains of Sunday with hundreds of people turning up for the annual Exton Produce and Craft Show.
“It rained a lot but it didn’t really affect the attendance numbers: we had more people turn up this year compare to last year,” said Stephen Ware, secretary of the show’s organising committee.
“As it was held inside the Village Hall, once they got in everyone was wam and dry.”
The show, in its 27th year, attracted more than 200 visitors.
There were 80 competitors and more than 300 entries in 80 categories which included one for children from the Exton and Greetham Primary School.
Mr Ware said: “It’s one of those village events that encompasses everybody who lives here.
“It’s something for everyone to look forward to.”
Categories range from vegetables and fruits, flowers, home produce, a children’s shield, village crafts, gardens and overall best item.
The Joan Forster Memorial Bowl for the overall show winner went jointly to Julie Garner and John Bell.
Mr Ware said the produce show and other events held by the organisers througout the year also raises money for “several charities”.
Trophies were presented by the show’s patron, Lady Juliana Noel, continuing her family’s long association with the event.
Vegetables and Fruit
Section winner - Robin Beard; Best vegetable in show - Robert Hudson; Heaviest onion - Robert Hudson.
Section winner - John Bell; Best flower arrangement - Pat Castle; Specimen rose - Ann Bell; Best flower in show - Lynda Berry; Best roses - Ann Bell.
Section winner - Sarah Linsell; Highest scoring man - Pat Murray; Victoria sponge (made by a man) - Pat Murray; Handmade loaf of bread - Ann Bell.
Shield: Winner -Katie Heckles. Items showing greatest effort - Grant Reid
Children’s competition - Katie Heckles; Best handwriting 6-9 Years - Kathryn Linsell; Best handwriting 10-13 Years - Katie Heckles. Exton School Governors’ Shield - 5-6 Years -Grant Reid; 7-8 Years - Connor Foort; 9-11 Years - Katie Dear
Section winner - Terry Connolly; Best craft in show - Brian Lowe; Best woodwork, metalwork - Mick Bell; Cross-stitch - Libby Smith.
Best garden - Paul & Meryl Hart; Best hanging basket - Martin and Helen Maiden; Best moveable container - Paul & Meryl Hart; Best courtyard/patio - Lynda Berry; Over the garden gate - John & Margaret Bell; Best vegetable garden - John and Margaret Bell.
Overall ghow winner - Julie Garner/John Bell; Overall best exhibit - Brian Lowe.