Royal Show's crafts will appeal to young and old alike

2009-05-20 00:00

ONE of the crowd favourites at the Royal Show, the Crafts and Home Industries section, is set for a major makeover this year.

Royal Agricultural Society Crafts and Home Industries president Henrietta Whelan said that, this year, the makeover is not designed to replace but to complement the acclaimed competitive section.

“We decided we do not want people to think of it as just a hall of old ladies’ goodies; arts and crafts are for everyone,” said Whelan.

The crafts section is known to be one of the biggest and best displays of its kind in the southern hemis­phere.

This year will also see the section being expanded into the adjacent hall and will include, for the first time, a commercial range of exhibits, many of which will be available for sale.

Whelan said: “Now visitors will be able to buy, learn about and experience first-hand the art of crafting by way of interactive demonstrations”.

Whelan said that the focus will be on current, fashionable crafts, including, for instance, scrapbooking and beading.

According to Whelan, the Crafts and Home Industries section has attracted over 3 000 entries this year, the same number as last year.

Whelan said there was an increase in the number of entries for such crafts as woodwork and quilting.

She added that the number of entries from younger people has escalated too. “All in all, it will be an eclectic mix of old and new expected to appeal to young and old alike,” said Whelan.

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