Ilkeston’s top growers and talented artists all pitted their produce against one another at the first ever Kirk Hallam Show this weekend.
The event at Kirk Hallam Community, Technology and Sports College saw dozens of entries in a wide range of categories, from biggest cabbage, to best painting, to best animal made from vegetables.
Produce from young and old competitors were judged alongside one another with Maria Simpkins winning the Best In Show prize for her beautifully decorated cake.
Seven-year-old Alfie Burn also did well, winning himself the tallest sunflower award.
Organiser Adele Chilton said the show, which started life last year as the school’s Harvest Festival, was more than just a competition.
“It’s not just about the competitors,” said the science and land-based studies teacher.
“We are a community college and we want to reach out to the community.
“We grow vegetables and look after animals and we want to say to the community, ‘you can do those sorts of things too’.”
The £250 raised through an auction of the produce at the show on Saturday is split between funds for next year’s show and projects at the school which see students getting experience of working in land-based areas.
A further £50 has been donated to Cedars and Larches nursing home in Ilkeston which cared for the late mother of year 11 student Danny Lambord.