Giant leeks, beautiful blooms, misshapen veg – September 9-10
A sight to gladden any true North Easterner’s heart and a vivid memory of my childhood – giant leeks.
The traditional shows may be dwindling, but Beamish Museum’s event is alive and kicking this weekend.
As well as the headline performers, the giant show leeks, there’s a range of competitions to enter, including onions, carrots, tomatoes, the heaviest marrow and the best misshapen vegetable!
There are flower categories too, for sweet peas, ladies’ buttonholes and floral arrangements.
Judging takes place on Saturday morning and winners in each class will be awarded a certificate and a commemorative rosette.
Grand Auction of produce
The highlight is the Grand Auction at 3.30pm on Sunday, with a parade, led by Off Key Music, setting off from The Town at 2.30pm, calling at the Entrance, then heading for The Pit Village.
A second parade, accompanied by Pittington Brass Band, will set off from The Town to The Pit Village at 3.10pm.
The arrival of the parades in The Pit Village will be the signal for the Grand Auction to begin!
Leeks, vegetables, and floral entries will be up for grabs – a great chance for everyone to make a bid and take home some prize-winning produce.
Members of Shield Row Allotment Association will hold their own annual leek, flowers and vegetables show.
Seb Littlewood, Beamish’s senior keeper of Georgian and rural life, said: “Leek shows have long been associated with the mining communities of our region, and were hotly contested by North East pitmen.
“Visitors, staff, and volunteers have been tending their produce all year, ready for our Leek Show, I’m sure that competition will be just as fierce as it was 100 years ago!”
Still to come in the Great North Festival of Agriculture is the Agricultural Show (September 14-17), Hands-on Heritage Skills (September 23-24) and Harvest Home and Harvest Festival (September 30-October 1).
Beamish Museum covers 350 acres in County Durham. For more information visit www.beamish.org.uk/events/festival-of-agriculture. Admission for the Great North Festival of Agriculture is included in the Beamish Unlimited Pass.