GILLIAN Alm, 81, who won the perpetual trophy at the 2014 Orange Show as the most successful exhibition in the jams and preserves section, has shared her success with the people of Orange.
When she returns to Sydney today she won’t have the same load on board as when she travelled up with 38 entries.
“I’ve given most of them away,” she said.
“There was one lovely old gentleman in particular who asked me how much a jar of my winning pickles were and I told them they weren’t for sale, but I would love to give them to him,” she said.
“He tucked the jar into his cardigan pocket and off he went.”
Mrs Alm was a late entry in the show after a hiatus of many years. She believes it’s never too late to take up a challenge.
She took out 13 first prizes, twelve second placings and three thirds with her jams, pickles, jellies and preserves.
“The reception I got from everyone at the show was absolutely wonderful ... I just arrived with all my entries and they did the rest - I didn’t have to lift a finger"
“Really it was my son who encouraged me to get back into it and I really didn’t know how I would go as I haven’t done it for years and years,” she said.
Mrs Alm said her experience at the 2014 Orange Show has encouraged her to return again next year.
“The reception I got from everyone at the show was absolutely wonderful - everyone was so helpful,” she said.
“I just arrived with all my entries and they did the rest - I didn’t have to lift a finger.”
In keeping with the rules and traditions of the Orange Show, Mrs Alm didn’t know she had won until she called in at the close of the show on Sunday afternoon to collect her entries.
“There was this beautiful engraved cup waiting for me,” she said.