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Just what the judges are looking for
THE secrets of producing prize-winning craft and horticultural entries have been revealed in a book from the organisers of one of County Durham's oldest agricultural shows.
Marquee Magic and Mayhem offers an exclusive insight into the Bowes Agricultural Show Horticulture and Industry tent, covering everything from its history to top tips on how to take part and impress the judges.
Created by the show's committee, it also includes family recipes from the home baking and preserves sections, gardening and flower arranging advice, funny anecdotes and a wealth of old photographs.
It will go on sale for the first time at the annual show at Bowes Village, near Barnard Castle, on Saturday.
Show secretary Margaret Cooper said the aim of the book was to show how friendly and welcoming the competitions are and encourage more people to enter.
"Our main message is that it is not about the winning but the taking part, " she said. "I think the horticultural and industry section is one of the most important in the show as it is where most local people exhibit and it is always very popular.
"Sometimes people can be a bit nervous about entering and I hope this book shows them how much fun it can be."
Horticulture and crafts have had a presence at Bowes Agricultural Show since its launch in 1869 and over the years entries have increased from seven to 1,137.
Admission to the show is £5 for adults and £2 for children.
For more information, visit Bowesshow. org. uk or call 01833-628342.