The annual summer shows are two two day events that showcase the very best in island horticultural and agricultural produce, as well as providing visitors and islanders alike with entertainment that is rarely seen in Guernsey..
The West and North shows take place during August and usually occupy the Wednesday and Thursday of consecutive weeks. (Once there was a third show, the South, but this has not been held in recent years.)
Each show has common elements, such as the large marquees displaying a range of island produce, from home grown fruit and vegetables to homemade wine and cakes. Judges award prizes to the best entries in each category.
Then there are the fur and feather tents, where breeders and enthusiastic owners can show off their birds, rabbits or cavies and, again earn the recognition of the expert judgesOutside, farmers local to the area covered by each show will have their cattle, goats or sheep on display, competing for a number of coveted trophies
Each show also makes an effort to provide entertainment for the crowds, and this can range from exciting displays of motorcyle riding to acrobatics or performances by street theatre players.
The West’s main attraction is the Thursday afternoon pageant, where islanders dress up in traditional costume to re-enact a story or event from Guernsey’s history.Finally, top of the bill at the North Show is the Battle of Flowers, which is held on the afternoon of the second day of the show and features an array of brightly decorated floats built by islanders. There are different classes depending on the size of each float, and while many are made with paper flowers there are still a number built using genuine blooms.
From children in fancy dress to 40ft long monster floral constructions, the Battle of Flowers has established itself as a major attraction in Guernsey’s summer calendar.