Tradition stays strong for spring

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In many rural areas, traditional annual events have fallen by the wayside.
But one small North Canterbury town is still hanging on to tradition and celebrates the arrival of spring with its annual flower show.
The Scargill Horticultural and Home Industries Society will hold their Spring Show on September 16.
Dating back to 1909, the show has been held each year, save a few during both world wars. After the end of World War 2, in 1946 it was resurrected. Until 1955, there was also a show in autumn.
Originally held in the ‘‘Company Woolshed’’ which was thought to be part of the Scargill Sale Yards, it shifted to the Alexandra Hall when it was built.
This burnt down in 1955 and after that the shows were held in the Scargill Motunau Memorial Hall where they are still held today.
As well as an opportunity for flowers to be displayed from around the district, needle work, knitting, home produce, photography, art, a section for children, cooking and a decorative section will also show off local talents.
Show organisers are increasingly aware of the need to preserve the history and tradition of the show, while moving with the times and embracing change to enhance the shows relevance and appeal.
Greta Valley School and Scargill Motunau Playgroup will have a display of their work.
Exhibitors can enter for free and the hall will be open for entries from 8.30am until 10.15am when the hall will be closed for judging.
The public can visit from 1pm, with prize giving at 3pm.
Entry fee for adults is $3 and children can see the show for free.
Any enquiries or for schedules, contact Megan on 022 624 0424 or visit the Facebook page Scargill Horticultural and Home Industries Society.