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Show rulesYou may download the rules and hints as PDF documents from the Downloads page.
Hints for exhibitors
ALWAYS take more exhibits to the Show than you will need, then choose the best just before you stage your entry.
Remember CONDITION AND UNIFORMITY. Every exhibit should be in its most perfect phase and uniformity in shape, size and condition.
CHECK CAREFULLY that you have the correct number of items as required by the Schedule.
ALL FRUIT must be shown with stalks intact and 'bloom' left on the fruit. Never polish apples or potatoes.
STALKS should be intact on vegetables like peas, beans and fruits eg. Blackberries
WINE must be shown in clear, shouldered bottles fitted with a flanged cork or screw cap. A small, simple label should show contents and year.
JARS AND BOTTLES must be clear glass with no commercial markings - lids also. Jars should be clean, free from stickiness and well-polished. All jars/bottles should be labelled with contents and date. Labels should be neat and applied as near to the bottom of the jar as possible.
VINEGAR preserves - do not use cellophane covers. Use a twist or screw-tops with plastic linings.
LEMON CURD should have a cellophane cover.
POTATOES - Ideal size approx. 8 oz., to fit in the palm of hand.
ONIONS should never be stripped or peeled but never left with their skins on and can be whipped with non-coloured raffia. Judges preferred well dressed onions (Class No. 30)
SHALLOT - Exhibition varieties will beat culinary varieties. Displayed on a sand bed.
CABBAGE - Should be tidied up a little with stalk but not 'ready for the pot.'
FIVE VEGETABLES IN A SEED TRAY. The vegetables should be trimmed to fit inside the tray.
FLOWERS must be in water. HOUSE PLANTS should have been owned for 6 months.
DO ALLOW PLENTY OF TIME TO STAGE YOUR EXHIBITS. Avoid that last minute rush by completing your entry form at home.
EXHIBITORS' adhesive numbers should be clearly visible, particularly in the culinary classes. They should NOT be fixed to the cling film, but on the edge of plate or dish.
BEETROOT should be trimmed to 7.5cm approximately and presented on a plate or board.
YOUNGER CHILDREN are welcome, and encouraged, to enter the classes for older children. ALL CHILDREN'S entries are free but must pay if they enter any of the adult classes.
TARTS have no pastry on top but PIES do.
VICTORIA SPONGE to be filled with raspberry jam with caster sugar (optional) on top but not icing sugar.
A booklet 'Hints and Tips on Exhibiting', by Leicester and Leicestershire Judges' Guild is available for reference by phoning 89xxxx