PREVIEW: First look at the upcoming Harrogate Allotment Show

The 57th incarnation of the horticulture event will see a showcase of the bestfruit, vegetables and flowers
The 57th incarnation of the horticulture event will see a showcase of the bestfruit, vegetables and flowers

Valley Gardens is set to be filled with green fingered enthusiasts as the countdown begins for the return of the Harrogate and District Allotment Show.

Taking place on Sunday, August 20 at the Sun Pavilion the 57th incarnation of the horticulture event will see a showcase of the best fruit, vegetables and flowers from from 11am.

While judges are awarding prestigious accolades, including the National Vegetable Society Medallion, the day will also be filled with events such as children and family growing classes.

Chair of Harrogate and District Allotment Federation, David Griffiths said: "There are allotments throughout Harrogate, Ripon and Knaresborough that have contributed to this show, many of these are self managed.

"There are exhibitions from all of them and the show is free for all. It will be opened by the Mayor and our MP, Andrew Jones, will be presenting prizes.

"We would welcome members of the public to come and see the produce grown within their district."

While the number of exhibitions at the show has stayed steady at 71 the number of entries into these has sprung to 685, an increase of 100 on last years show.

Prizes will also be on offer for the lucky winners of a raffle held on the day, funds raised through this will go to supporting the charity Open Country. The organisation helps organise and lead countryside activities for people with disabilities.

Among the prizes up for grabs are £50, tickets for Ripon Races, vouchers for Appleton Butchers and Oliver's Pantry.

Contact the group through their website for raffle tickets at, www.harrogateallotmentshow.org/