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51st Annual Show 29th, 30th August 09

Wow....Wow.... Wow.... was the expression of a visitor to our annual show this year.  She was overwhelmed by the variety, colour and number of dahlias on show.   The show was certainly a success, we even got the local paper's photographer taking some pictures.  43 exhibitors  took part showing 250 vases.  Overall the entries were of good quality.

Dave Gillam is the Midlands Champion .

 WInning Championship entryThe winning entry used: Kenora Challenger, Ruskin Diane, Mary's Jomanda and Alf's Mascot.  Dave also won the NDS Silver medal for the best exhibit in show, the Violet Davies Premier Award for the best vase in show - the Kenora Challenger vase in the championship, as well as the Leslie Jones Perpetual Challenge Trophy for the same vase.  Given all of these it is not surprising that Dave also won the Evening Telegraph Cup for most points in the Trophy classes
Dave Gillam wins ChampionshipOn the left we can see Dave with two excellent vases of Rycroft Jan which won him the Pam Parsons Challenge Cup

Dave lives in Essex and has taken a year out to grow 900 plants - 600 under cover.  12 months ago he started with a plot covered in grass. He has taken 5 months off work, put in 14 hour days, built a greenhouse, covers etc.  He has grown many different dahlias and learnt a lot.  He is not new to dahlias, 10 years ago he grew poms.
All  his hard work has paid off and he can be really pleased with his success at the Midlands Annual Show.


Judges at the Annual Show 2009Some of the judges for the show, a reasonably happy bunch, however, they had not started yet.


Judging in action.
( Action? - well they need to discuss the details and various aspects of the blooms being considered for best in show, reach a consensus ........!!).
Judging the entries


Cactus Cup winner Paul HarveyPaul Harvey wins the Dennis Watson Challenge Cup with two excellent vases of Susan Gilliot.  These  were grown without covers astonishing given the weather in the previous few days.  Paul admits to having been unable to sleep much wondering what the wind and rain were doing to his prize blooms.

Paul  lives near Derby and has been aiming to enter the Midlands for some time.  He now intends to take a couple of years off to do some more travelling, particularly to Nepal.


The '20 Blooms from 20 Varieties' class had 7 entries.

The Bruce Watson Trophy was won by Mr R Vickers from Gainsborough.  He used mainly small / miniatures with 10 Blyton varieties.

The picture on the right is the 2nd place entry from Marie Jane Roberts.  She used all miniatures including 8 Weston varieties.
20 Bloom Class winner