GRAFTON Show beer steward Jack Lumley with one of the many beer exhibits at the 2011 Grafton Show.
GRAFTON Show beer steward Jack Lumley with one of the many beer exhibits at the 2011 Grafton Show.

Impressive beers on display

JACK Lumley reckons he didn't try every beer in the home brew section of the Grafton Show.

But the judge did and managed to walk unassisted from the pavilion.

But the veteran steward says the feedback on the beers was terrific and made an impressive display.

“There were some very good exhibits,” he said.

But it wasn't like a wine tasting where judges are encouraged to spit the wine out.

“The judge tried them all and I think he swallowed every drop he could,” he said.

The beer exhibit is one of many in a revamped pavilion this year.

Displays have all been moved to allow for better access to people in wheelchairs, and the result is a more open and airy display, despite having equal entries to previous years.

Chief steward Evelyn Mitchell said the nine stewards had been at the pavilion every day for the past five weeks getting things ready.

This year a special tribute has been paid to Betty Wilcox who has been exhibiting preserves at the show for the past 45 years.

One whole display area is dedicated to her preserves, one of which – a jar of peas – took more than six hours to prepare.



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