WI set to play big part of autumn show

WI members from across East and West Sussex have been busy making, baking, foraging and knitting entries for a seasonal competition at the South of England Agricultural Society’s Autumn Show and Game Fair next month.

Visitors will be able to feast their eyes on a plethora of potted, pickled and purled products as ladies from across the East and West Sussex Federation of WIs celebrate Flavours of Autumn at the Norfolk Pavilion, Ardingly Showground from October 6 and 7.

Individual WI groups will be competing against each other to produce items for seasonally-themed classes including best display of hedgerow harvest, hallowe’en hat, decorated hallowe’en cakes, bread rolls, matching scarf and mitts, and autumnal collage.

As well as seasonal displays, this year’s South of England Autumn Show and Game Fair promises an action-packed arena programme with the all new Flying Foxes Side Saddle display team, the Terrier and Lurcher Show and Bob Hogg Sheepdog display.

Canines feature heavily and old favourites the Warrenby Gun Dogs display, Mid Downs Dog Agility, Gun Dog Scurries and fast and furious Terrier Racing are sure to be crowd pleasers.

The harvest theme is well catered for and a Sunday morning festival service, eye-catching fruit and vegetable exhibits and competitions as well as vintage agricultural vehicles from a bygone era.

Other entertainment comes in the guise of the 1st Cinque Port Rifle Volunteers Corps of Drums (Sunday) Mike Hayes and the Steel Band, children’s entertainer Jonathan Cann and a Pumpkin Trail to ensure the younger visitors enjoy the whole Show experience.

Pictured below: WI ladies meet last year’s President, Mrs James Teacher.

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