Sandy Show to be bigger and better

The Sandy Show
The Sandy Show

The 48th Sandy Show takes place this Saturday afternoon and the event is bigger than ever before.

Visitors will see some of the very best in local produce, flower arrangements and local crafts at Sandye Place Academy.

There will be many awards and trophies handed out over the course of the day ranging from the best collection of vegetables to the best flower arrangement in several different classes.

Chairman of the Sandy and District Horticultural Association, Andrew Havergal, said: “2013 was our first one-day show when we had over 900 visitors.

“We hope that with the addition of several attractions we can continue to keep the Sandy Show a lively event.”

The event is open between 1pm and 5pm and is free of charge although donations are accepted.

As well as the serious horticultural competition there will light-hearted fun for all the family as well.

There will be a range of toys and puzzles, a bouncy castle, and even the opportunity to get yourself a spray tan.

The first Sandy Show was held in 1868 in the grounds of Sandye Place, and continued until 1954, apart from breaks during the two World Wars.

At its peak more than 12,000 visitors attended each year to admire the displays. Special trains were even put on to bring them.

The show was reborn in 1965 and has been going strong ever since.