It is the village show. This tradition once seen as fusty and obsolete harking back to a bygone age is going from strength to strength in the UK. It has been called the new rock and roll of community. Maybe the new jam and roll would be more fitting. It pits young against old in battles of jam making, bread baking, cake icing, flower arranging and the Daddy of them all, the largest vegetable. Here at these shows you will see teenagers battle their parents to win a trophy. Even at the show we attended there was the kind of good natured rivalry that translates into good natured help.
Communites that still have village shows understand that on one day, a community can show its strengths, its support for others and welcome new comers. It doesn't matter if there is no show in your area, start one. It doesn't matter if you're in a city or in the middle of the countryside, start one. You'll be amazed at who makes the best jam, or who is a secret flower arranger, in our case the local Doctor.
All I'd ask if you enter something for a village show, you leave it to be auctioned, the money goes to supporting the show and the simple act of donating for auction speaks volumes about how you want to be seen in a community.
And remember, if you win at a show you may win money and a trophy. So when the auction comes round dip your hand in your pocket. Carol bought a loaf of bread and I bought Carol a beautiful bunch of flowers. This simple act of giving all round means the community is happy and my wife is happy too.
This is the first show we've attended as a family and we were made to feel welcome. There is nothing that brings people together more than a homemade slice cake, a homemade pork pie, a cup of tea and a desire to point at vegetables and say, 'Look at the size of that!'