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Gloucestershire Root, Fruit and Grain Society is looking for some Competitors

The Gloucestershire Root, Fruit and Grain Society (GRFGS) has just issued its Annual Schedule of Competitions for 2008. The object of the Society is to encourage the improvement of all forms of agricultural practices and products and the 2008 Competitions are a Farm Championship, Livestock Championship, Arable Championship, Forage Championship and Special Awards.

The Gloucestershire Root, Fruit & Grain Society had an exciting start. In 1863 two farmers came to blows in Gloucester Market, each claiming to grow better crops than the other. A peacemaker suggested that specimens be brought to Gloucester where independent judges would pronounce. The event attracted crowds of interested farmers and from it the Society was born.
In the early days annual shows were held at the Corn Exchange Gloucester, but during the Second World War farmers could not take their produce to Gloucester so the judges went to the farms, receiving special allocations of petrol in the interests of food producing.
Judging on the farms enables a far wider range for competitions. Livestock was included. Interest in the Society grew and the Competitions increased, though these have changed with the times as fruit has disappeared from the schedules.
Each year entries come from all over Gloucestershire and the classes are categorized into Championship Areas - Farm, Livestock, Arable and Forage. Then the points are added up to create an overall winner for the Premier Award.

The Special Awards Classes for 2008 are, Most Efficient Dairy, Conservation and Best New Enterprise.
The closing date for all Entries is Friday 2nd May 2008.

Gloucestershire Root, Fruit & Grain Society
Samantha Sansom
Bruton Knowles
Bisley House
Green Farm Business Park
Bristol Road
Telephone 01452 880101

Source: Gloucestershire Root, Fruit & Grain Society

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