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Rubens apple takes top spot at National Fruit Show 2015

Rubens Apple took the top spot in the National Fruit Show 2015 “Tastiest Apple’ competition. A panel of apple lovers chomped their way through nearly 100 entries to find that perfect taste.

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The entry from J & B Darbyshire, Chapel Grange Farm, Five Oak Green impressed the judges, the winning apple also won best in Class 6. Brian Tompsett who stewards the competition said, “It is very rare for an apple to gain the highest points in the competition judging and also win on flavour”.

Cameo took second place with an apple grown by Newmafruit Farms which also took the coveted NFU Best in Show with a huge score of 99/100. Third place was won by another Rubens grown by R & D Apple growers.

Sarah Calcutt, Chair person of the show said she was really happy with the turnout. The show had more visitors and more exhibitors that in previous years, many exhibitors have already booked bigger stands for next year's show.

There were notably more visitors on the first day, Calcutt puts this down to the terrible weather! "When the weather is bad people can't work on the farms and can make time to come to the show."

There were also quite a few international exhibitors and Calcutt said that she expected more for next year.

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Here is a list of the Class winners:

Class 1 Bramley Bardsley & Sons
Class 2 Bramley Bardsley & Sons
Class 3 Kanzi Newmafruit Farms
Class 4 Cox’s Orange Pippin 70mm - 75mm Bardsley & Sons
Class 5 Cox’s Orange Pippin 65mm-70mm Bardsley & Sons
Class 6 Rubens J & B Darbyshire
Class 7 Jazz JL Baxter & Son
Class 8 Gala Farmcare Limited
Class 9 Russets Egremont or St Edmunds JL Baxter & Son
Class 10 Cameo Newmafruit Farms
Class 11 Braeburn Farmcare Limited
Class 12 AOV Dessert Loddington Farm
Class 13 Comice Farmcare Limited
Class 14 Conference D Banfield
Class 15 Concorde Farmcare Limited
Class 16 AOV Pear Rankins Farm
Class 17 AOV Culinary Mallions Farm
Class 18 Dessert Apples classes 4 - 10 Bartons Farm
Class 19 Pears classes 13-16 AGRII
Class 20 Dessert Apples entrants under 40 Mole End Organics
Class 21 Bramley Apple entrants under 40 Elverton Farms Ltd

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