The great British agricultural show can be traced back for hundreds of years, it is a place when the rural community comes together to show off it’s years work. It’s a place where business deals are done, produce is sold, old friends are met, new machinery is purchased crafts and traditional country ways are demonstrated and livestock is shown, all for the possibility of winning that converted trophy or the first prize red rosette.

This may appear to be something out of a classic novel but the agricultural show is alive and well even in this technology powered world

Competition is fierce throughout the show whether it be for livestock, show jumping, crafts or baking

completion is not only for those with animals , the fieriest competition can be found in the industrial tent or craft tent where traditionally the farmers wife’s would compete over baking and jam making and a tradition that is being kept well and truly alive with some help of the Women’s Rural Institute

The industrial competition

Traditionally associated with farmers wife’s competing for prizes for home baking and jam making this has evolved to include fierce completion in all aspects of homemaking, home produce and handicrafts.

competitons can be found for flower arranging, needlework, painting, baking, jam making, stick dressing and children’s arts and crafts . It provides a main stay for ladies to get together and show off their wares and raise much needed money for charity or community funds by selling home baking and their produce at the end of the day.


I think you will agree that the fact that these traditions are being kept alive also means that rural community’s are being kept alive when it is so say to become isolated

About Heather Gibson

I was brought up in a small village in the rural Scottish Borders and I'm a self taught artist working mainly in watercolours and oils. My interests include needlework, and all other forms with craft work. Connect with Heather on Google+