Sunday, 26 September 2021

Brother and sister share pumpkin prize

A YOUNG brother and sister were awarded a first prize at Watlington Show for their 22kg pumpkin.

A YOUNG brother and sister were awarded a first prize at Watlington Show for their 22kg pumpkin.

Oliver Short, eight, and his sister Eleanor, six, won the squash category and were second overall at the third annual show.

The pair, who attend Watlington Primary School, grew the fruit at their family’s allotment in Love Lane, Watlington.

Their mother Nicola Schafer said: "It was a family effort but Oliver put in a lot of time with it. We got an allotment in April and this was our first time of entering."

The show, which is organised by Watlington in Bloom, was held for the first time at the Watlington Club in the High Street. It previously took place at actor Jeremy Irons’s barn in Hill Road but this wasn’t available this year.



About 50 people submitted entries in the 35 categories, which included fruit and vegetables, flowers and produce.

Celia Brayfield, from Cuxham, won the apples and single rose categories. She said: "It was very nice of them to let me enter even though I live outside Watlington. I grow the apples in my garden but I’ve never been in a show before, let alone won one."

Other attractions included face painting and a smoothie bike which children could use to blend their own drinks using pedal power.



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