THE annual Mia Mia flower show featured some tough competition this year.
Giving everyone the chance to show off their gardening prowess, the show brings a burst of colour into the Mia Mia Hall.
This year’s floral displays were a sign of a good growing season and some expert caring from green thumbs around the area.
Over some 40 categories, organisers estimate there were around 350 entries and although they were being a little ambitious with the report of 2000 people attending, there was quite a crowd to watch the unveiling.
However it seems no one could halt Helen Bennett’s winning streak as she took out the overall award for the flowers section.
An unconventional entry from Mieka Frederiksen in the floral egg cup category wowed the judges — it seems her blue eggs were enough to score her the top spot, which was said to be a show first.
While the show wasn’t held during the second world war, it has been running annually for the past 40 years.
Member for Euroa Steph Ryan spoke about the history involved in the show, which began in the 1930s.
“To keep events like this going for so long takes such a commitment along so many generations,” Ms Ryan said.
“I know Paul Weller was always here to support the event, and it’s terrific that I can continue his work in the area.”
She was also sure to mention Ned and Howard’s very first flower show, where a very unconventional display was submitted for entry.
“I remember the story of Ned and Howard bringing along a few lovely flowers they found in their front yard, of course what they didn’t know is they were submitting Patterson’s Curse.”
Mechanics Institute social co-ordinator Kate Hicks said the flower show was a long-standing tradition.
“The cards the winners get haven’t changed since the start — neither have the surnames appearing on them,” Ms Hicks said.
Co-organiser Wendy Hulls said the show had some quality competition this year due to a good growing season.
“We rely on the flowers coming out each year, and this year we’re fortunate enough that the season has been kind,” Ms Hulls said.
“There also has been some talk on the possibility of changing the day to a weekend event. We understand a lot of locals miss out because they’re at work; however that’s yet to be discussed officially.”
The winners across all categories were:
Flowers: First was Helen Bennett with 33 points, second was Daphne Hall with 14 points.
Produce: First was Claire Claydon with 11 points and coming in second was Grant Hulls with 9 points.
Pot plants: First was Daphne Hall with 13 points and second was Wendy Hulls with six points.
■See more pictures from the event on pages 8 and 9.