GILLIAN Alm of Sydney was determined to get back into making jams and pickles to exhibit at shows and went on the internet to track down a country show where she could exhibit.
“I found the dates for the Orange Show and it was perfect,” Mrs Alm said.
The 81-year-old drove to Orange yesterday loaded up with 38 bottles of her homemade delights, and amazed the stewards with the wide range of entries.
“I’ve made loquat jam, tarragon vinegar, preserved cumquats, have a lovely lemon butter and pineapple jam among my entries,” she said.
Mrs Alm said from the time she was a young child she helped her mother in the kitchen.
“It was quite a family affair.
“The children would sit around the fire seeding the melons so mum could make jam.
“I learned to make jams and pickles by a process of osmosis really,” she said.
Steward Elaine Connor said Mrs Alm’s entries and commitment by driving to Orange has impressed organisers.
“It is absolutely wonderful,” she said.
Today the Orange Showground will be a busy place with the sideshows being erected.
On Thursday the impressive Wheel of Steel as part of the free Brophy Bros circus was erected on the site with jumps for horse events also put in place in the main arena.
The Orange show will be staged tomorrow and Sunday with a spectacular fireworks display planned for Saturday night.