The Mia Mia Hall was full of colour when the community hosted the 2012 Mia Mia Annual Flower Show on October 25.BRONWYN BEYERS November 2, 2012 4:11am
The Mia Mia Hall was a riot of colour on October 25 when the community hosted the 2012 Mia Mia Annual Flower Show.
More than 60 people attended the traditional flower show lunch at the hall before this year’s exhibition was launched and the prize winning blooms were revealed for all to admire and enjoy.
Mia Mia Flower Show committee member Kate Hicks said while it remains unclear exactly how long the flower show has been running, one of the earliest mentions appears in The Argus in 1938, with many of the names listed as winners still familiar today.
‘‘One of the lovely things about it is that some of the names listed as prize winners are still winning today, so we’re up to the third generation of Mia Mia winning families,’’ she said.
One of those families, the Bennetts, were listed as winners in 1938 and granddaughter Helen Bennett this year took out the top prize for flowers.
Mary Bennett was equal runner-up in the produce section, continuing a long family tradition.
‘‘The flowers have been beautiful this year,’’ flower judge Bernice McGaffin said.
‘‘A lot of things are out here before Kyneton and I was very surprised to see some tulips still in bloom, while the native section was really good.’’
Flower judge Lisa Robinson said the irises in particular had been really beautiful this year.
‘‘There’s one here that looks like black velvet or suede, it’s really quite stunning,’’ she said.
Dutch Irises and Roses are the main feature of the show each year as they are in full bloom when the flower show is on and irises grow well in local soils.
Produce has also always been a popular category, though entries were down this year due to the weather conditions with late frosts taking a toll on some produce gardens.
Produce judge Jenny Dempster said while the number of entries were down, the range of produce on display was still impressive.
‘‘It’s not such a good year for produce, and we only had one pumpkin entered this year, but the quality of produce entered has been very high, so the competition is still tough,’’ she said.
Patrons enjoyed a sit down lunch of roast meat and vegetables, vegetarian patties and salads, as well as home cooked cakes and slices, Ms Hicks said.
‘‘We’re very lucky because the hall has a fully certified commercial kitchen and we have a lot of volunteers who are all qualified, so we’re able to put on a great lunch for everyone,’’ she said.
Children’s Posy (prep to grade 3) First: Reegan Sundblom. Second: Alex Smith Sargent.
No grade 4 to 6.
Egg cup (prep to grade 3) First: Bridie Keith. Equal second: Chelsey Parsons and Mitch Millard.
Egg Cup (grade 4 to 6) First: Hamish Campbell. Second: Bryce Broadbent.
Winner of Flowers: Helen Bennett, 25 points; runner-up Daphne Hall, 19 points.
Winner of Pot Plants: Daphne Hall, 16 points; runner-up Dorothea Kriewaldt, 6 points.
Winner of produce: Wendy Hulls, 12 points; equal runners-up, Mary Bennett and Brenda Aitkinson.
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