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The GREAT ONION CHALLENGE - Updated 13th August 2019  

Alternative Poduce and Vegetables

Last week (5th September) Cally and David Horton were the hosts as the 2020 Great onion Challenge competitors made their way to the Thatched House for the all important weigh in.

An extra this year was The Alternative Produce and Flower Show organised by Mark Wescott which featured a selection of entries (see right) from those present.

As usual your photographer arrived later than planned but fortunately our host had been taking a few pictures pending the arrival of the 'Biz' snapper which are duly credited.

The Liqueur tasting was well supported as the participants enthusiastically sipped their way through a variety of offerings that had been maturing through the previous months.


Fortunately your reporter arrived in time for the serious business of the evening when David had the full attention of the audience as he announced the results of the Official Onion Challenge weigh-in.






It was noticeable that this year, the scrutineers, probably due to their vigorous inspection of entries and strict enforcement of the rules in previous competitions, did not have to deal with the usual number of rocks or similar ballast secreted among the entries by some of the less scrupulous village residents.

Eventually the results were announced, in reverse order.

The Clegg entry weighing 1579 gms was awarded third place, the 1703 gms Onion nurtured by Nick Rowe took the second spot, for the second year running but, the clear winner of the 2020 Onion Challenge with a specimen weighing in at a whopping 2,172 gms was Tim Charrington who was duly presented with the Onion Challenge Trophy by Phyl Watts.

The full result are shown below right with the metric weights converted to the nearest oz for the benefit of our resident Brexiteers!



Following the Presentation the Champion Onion was carefully placed in the winners enclosure by the Chief Steward while Tim received the plaudits of his fellow Onion Nurterers

Enthronement Scores
Moya Chase Best Onion



After close analysis the Liqueur competition result was finally established from the scrawls on the tasters score sheets and the winner of the best Liqueur Award for 2020 was Moya Chase, who was duly awarded the winners rosette.

Once again thanks to David and Cally Horton for Hosting this event and Mark Wescott for organising the "Alternative Produce and Flower Show and all those Onion Growers and wine makers for their contributions to the evening.




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