horticulturists from across the county entered their prized produce, flowers and crafts in the first show of the season on Saturday.
The Rutland Horticultural Society show was the last event to be held in the hall of the old Oakham CE Primary School building in Burley Road, Oakham, before it was knocked down this week.
The society had 400 entries from more than 40 people, which is an increase on last year’s numbers.
Committee member Derek Bilby of Harborough Close, Whissendine, said: “Despite the problems with the hot weather in the spring we had a fantastic number of entries, especially in the children’s classes.”
Mr Bilby says that yet again the numbers have increased and more new faces are entering because more people are starting to grow their own fruit and vegetables.
He said: “The judges are hired from Leicestershire and they were very impressed with the numbers and the standard of the produce.
“It is sad that it is the last time we’ll hold the show in the old hall, but we will be at the new school next year and intend to get our booking in soon.”