Couple reach show milestone

Last updated 15:00 19/02/2014
jean white, david white
PERENNIAL: Jean and David White won awards for cut flowers, best dahlia and most points in the Waimate Autumn Flower Show.

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David and Jean White have been recognised for two decades of success at the Waimate Flower Show.

In 1993, Mr White first won the Sawell Challenge Cup for cut flowers at the Waimate Autumn Flower Show and also won the award for best dahlia, an achievement he repeated in 1994.

Then, in 1995, with wife Jean, he began a run of successes that, at last Saturday's show, reached a 20-year milestone. The couple have won the Sawell Challenge Cup every year for the past 20 years, they have been awarded best dahlia in the show for 15 of the past 20 years, and have gained most points overall in the show for 18 of the past 20 years.

During the presentation of trophies last Saturday, show committee chairman John Bell commended Mr and Mrs White not only for their ongoing success, but also for their role in setting the standard and for contributing entries across other categories of the show.

Although total entries at this year's show were a little down compared to recent record entries, with nearly 500 exhibits, the show attracted many visitors.

Some outstanding photographic entries and artwork complemented the usual colourful display of cut flowers.

Meanwhile, in the fruit and vegetable sections, male rivalry which has been missing in the past two years, was again in evidence.

The show continues to attract new exhibitors and this year welcomed entries from the Waimate Community Garden.

But it was the show's long-time exhibitors who joined Mr and Mrs White in dominating the awards, while Bill Harrison added colour and quality to the dahlia classes. After unbroken success with his lilies from 2001 to 2005, Graham Attewell has been bettered in recent years but again produced the show's best lily.

Show secretary Janferie Attewell added to the family's success by gaining first place in the most competitive class of the Collection Section maybe suggesting that John Bell's seven-year dominance of this section may be coming to an end.

Past winner of the photography section, Ina Turner, again presented a strong entry of excellent work, but was headed by Lindsay Willoughby.

In the artwork classes of the keenagers section, Rusty Williams' work has always stood out, and his entries this year showed that, even at the age of 92, his talent is as good as ever.

The full list of awards is: Cut flowers: Jean and David White; Novice Dahlias: Anne McMaster; Best Dahlia: Jean and David White; Best Lily: Graham Attewell; Best Gladiolus: Lex Young; Vegetables: Heather and John Bell; Fruit: Heather and John Bell; Collection: Heather and John Bell; Domestic: Elaine Ryan; Photography: Lindsay Willoughby; Best Colour Print: Lindsay Willoughby; Keenagers: Beryl Weir; Hobby and Craft: Annita King; Most Points in the Show: Jean and David White.

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