St David's Uniting Church, Albury, presents 24th annual Rose-A-Fair

EVERYTHING'S COMING UP ROSES: Jenny Lemon will oversee the slave auction at Saturday's annual Rose-A-Fair. Picture: MARK JESSER
EVERYTHING'S COMING UP ROSES: Jenny Lemon will oversee the slave auction at Saturday's annual Rose-A-Fair. Picture: MARK JESSER

NOW a certain race has been run and won, attention at an Albury church turns from thoughts equine to floral.

The 24th annual Rose-A-Fair, traditionally held the weekend after the Melbourne Cup, takes place this Saturday at St David’s Uniting Church, corner of Wilson and Olive Streets.

Begun as a way to add something different to a church fete, the rose show attracted about 450 exhibits last year.

Organisers hope the present good conditions will prompt gardeners of all ages to submit their roses for judging this time as well.

The categories include single roses of various colours, stem clusters, containers, miniature roses and floral design for children, teenagers and adults.

There is no fee for exhibiting, with each class offering cash prizes and all child entrants to receive an encouragement award.

Secretary Narelle Dunlop said the event was one of the few specialist rose shows on the Border.

“It’s only $2 entry, so it’s nothing really to come along and smell the roses,” she said.

Although a key part, roses are not all of the annual Rose-A-Fair, which is overseen by the fair committee under chairman Lance Boswell.

Musician Jeremy Kerr, belly dancers and the White Wall Gospel Choir will provide entertainment through the morning.

Available from the stalls will be books, cakes, children’s games and toys, craft, plants and produce.

Refreshments include Devonshire teas, sandwiches, barbecue, hot potatoes and drinks while the St David’s bargain centre and garage will also be open. 

From 10.30am, Border auctioneer Grahame Gould will take charge of the slave auction, a significant fundraiser each year.

Lots like a wood load, club vouchers, movie tickets and a fishing experience will go under the hammer.

Jenny Lemon, one of the slave auction organisers, said goods rather than services appeared to be the focus this year.

Three hampers had been added to the auction list, with church members donating various items for the baskets in recent weeks. 

The Rose-A-Fair begins from 8am, with the rose show to open at 10am.