Once again, Horncastle’s Stanhope Hall echoed to the sound of cocks crowing and ducks quacking as the East of England Poultry Club held their annual show.
The event had just over 300 entries of poultry and ducks, and a record over 100 plates of eggs.
There was a constant flow of people looking around and discussing their own birds.
Three judges travelled up from Kent, and spent until well after midday making their judgements and selecting birds to progress to Championship Row from which the overall champion and reserve were chosen as well as the winners of the large collection of trophies on offer.
There were also 21 entries from the juveniles who have their own classes.
This was the first show of 2013, and the winners collected points which go towards an annual cup for the exhibitor with the most points accrued by the end of the year.
Exhibitors travelled from the neighbouring counties of Norfolk, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire, all keen to win awards.
The Lincolnshire Buff Society also staged their Regional Show, which produced 11 entries of this county breed and Best of Breed was won by recent secretary Mrs Hampstead-Taylor.
Not to be outdone, her husband Nick won the bantam section with his white Leghorn.
Champion of the main show was a large black Orpington, shown by newcomer Valentina Terentjeva who comes from the Grimsby area.
Reserve was a bantam Modern Game shown by Long Sutton’s Robert White.
Richard Bett from Yarborough had three birds in Championship Row, a black Silkie, white Pekin and black German Langshan, and his three children were joint juvenile champions with their black Rosecomb bantam.
Reserve juvenile was Max Dorata from Haltham with a white Call Duck.
Mark Baumber, from Tetford, was thrilled to win Best Waterfowl with his apricot-coloured Call Duck.
Best Rare Breed was an Ixworth female.
There were 28 birds to be assessed by the judges but, once again, Madeleine Chenery from Boston won with a Serama.
The overall winner of the egg classes was Mrs Axman from Norfolk, which was her fourth win in succession at this show.
The next show for the club will be at Woodhall Spa in May - the first of their programme of Summer Shows.
Meetings continue to be held at Revesby Village Hall, at 8pm on the second Monday of the month and all are welcome to attend.
The next meeting will give people the chance to put questions on all aspects of poultry keeping to a panel of experts with years of experience.
Further enquiries to Secretary Len Clark on 01754 872417.
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Weather for Horncastle
Tuesday 18 June 2013
Temperature: 13 C to 21 C
Wind Speed: 12 mph
Wind direction: North east
Temperature: 14 C to 23 C
Wind Speed: 12 mph
Wind direction: North west