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Harrogate Autumn Flower Show 2012: Giant vegetables and beautiful blooms delighted visitors

Ian Clarkson, from Middleham, North Yorkshire, looking at a hugh display of Dahlias. PIC: James Hardisty

Ian Clarkson, from Middleham, North Yorkshire, looking at a hugh display of Dahlias. PIC: James Hardisty

  • by Katie Baldwin
 

Giant vegetables and beautiful blooms delighted visitors at the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show.

Over 35,000 visitors flocked to the three-day event at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate.

Highlights included a world record-breaking onion grown by Peter Glazebrook, which weighed in at more than 18lb – and beat his own record from the previous year.

His other successes included prizes for the heaviest marrow, cabbage, tomato and potato.

Visitors could also tour entries in the garden border competition, back after a successful launch last year.

Former Countdown star Carol Vorderman dropped in as part of her search for the region’s best loved recipe, which will be featured on a new television series.

More tasty dishes were created in the cookery theatre, with catering students from Leeds City and Harrogate Colleges going head-to-head in a Ready Steady Cook-style challenge.

Camilla Harrison, from Harrogate Flower Show, said visitor numbers on Saturday were up on last year’s record-breaking levels.

“We have had an absolutely fantastic show,” she said.

“It’s been a tremendous three days and the weather has been really kind to us.

“The standard of the entries in both the vegetable classes and the flowers has been tremendous bearing in mind we had a very difficult growing season. Growers have really pulled out all the stops.”

 

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