PREPARATIONS are well under way for the 29th Ellon Flower Show later this month.
Like other floral events, entries for this year’s showpiece in the Victoria Hall on Saturday, August 18, are expected to be hit by the atrocious summer weather.
But officials of Ellon and District Gardening Club, which runs the event, are encouraging people to exhibit, despite displays not being to the usual standard.
This will be the seventh year the show has been an open event, attracting entries from outwith the AB41 postcode.
Organiser Gillian Forrest said: “Opening up the event has given it a real boost and we have seen entries coming in from a wide area.
“Last year we had an exhibit from Dumfries so you could say we are attracting people from all over Scotland.
“The younger ones are not really interested, so you have to broaden the area for entries.”
She added that they wanted to thank everyone, not only club members, who worked hard to keep the show going.
Show manager Sandy Grant said they accepted that the poor summer conditions would have an impact on the event.
He explained: “We are hoping that people will still put in their usual quality of entries.
“We are all in the same boat with the weather, although the stuff is not to the usual standard we would encourage people to enter. We need them to give us a show.”
The event will open to the public at noon and will be official opened by local Councillor Gillian Owen at 2pm, with the presentation of trophies following.
The raffle will be drawn at 3pm and the show will be cleared at 3.30pm.
Organisers say disabled access will be from 10.30am. Anyone wanting more details or to book a place is asked to contact Gillian Forrest on 01358 720274.
One carer will be allowed in with each guest.
Entry times will be 6pm-8.30pm on Friday, August 17, and 7am-8.45am on the morning of the show.
Catalogues are still available from the Library, Costcutters, JRD’s and both flower shops in Ellon or by contacting Gillian.