MORE than 1,500 people attended Binfield Heath flower show despite heavy rainfall.
Organisers said gate receipts for the 65th annual show at Holmwood on Saturday were up by almost a third on last year.
There were almost 800 competition entries, up 15 per cent on 2012, ensuring that the produce tent was packed with flowers, vegetables and preserves.
There were also more entries than normal in the companion dog show.
Among the big winners was gardener and show veteran Andrew Lewis who was awarded five cups, including the Ray Willis Memorial Cup for the top tray with his selection of onions, carrots and runner beans.
Other attractions included a classic car display and fairground games including a coconut shy. There were also stalls selling a range of food, drink and local wares.
The show is organised by the Binfield Heath and District Agricultural Society.
Show secretary Trevor March said: “We had around 1,500 to 2,000 guests, which we are very happy with. The car park was absolutely chock-a-block.
“Not only were entries up but no-shows were down — people showed up when they said they would, which is vital for the show.
“It looks like we will have made a reasonable profit and we will be giving a portion of that to local charities. We have our annual meeting in December where we will decide the final figures and how we will allocate the money.
“My thanks go to everybody that helped out. The show is run by volunteers and scores of people helped this year. They are the most important thing in keeping it running.”
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