The Moss Vale Show was cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic - but that didn't stop some creative characters from shining in the pavilion.
While the gates were closed to the public for the annual event originally set down for March 20 to 22 one popular attraction continued.
The pavilion has long been a major highlight of the show and this year was no different.
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Arts, crafts, produce and even compost were showcased in the pavilion as Highlanders put their best ideas and talents forward.
In fact pavilion steward April Love said that several thousand entries were received across more than 400 categories.
April said at the time of deciding to cancel this year's show - amid ever-changing directives on how many people could gather in a place - entries had already started rolling in for the pavilion.
She said show organisers realised that much effort had gone in to preparing those entries and they didn't want to disappoint people.
Needless to say that part of the show did go on - in a modified form - and there was plenty of great quality competition to test the judges.
There was not the usual crowd milling around the displays, but entrants and their families were given the chance to check out the competition and the results over the designated show weekend.
April said that, as always, the compost section was one of the most popular classes.
She said winning this category was a sought after honour with entries judged on colour, nutrients and texture among other things.
"The jams, jellies and condiments section was also popular this year," she said.
"Despite the summer fires some produce, such as berries, did very well this season so there were a lot of preserves entered."
April said she was also impressed with entries in the school categories.
She made special mention of the submissions from Moss Vale High School's support unit including impressive artworks from the school's visually impaired students and several entries in the junior handicraft category.
This year's show, in it's modified form, was an extra special occasion for one of the pavilion stewards Vonnie Cook.
It was the 50th year that Vonnie, 88, had been involved as a steward at the Moss Vale event.
Meanwhile Mittagong's Moira Mevissen, who is a dab hand at crochet, was thrilled with her achievements.
Moira entered a variety of crocheted items in 11 categories and walked away with an impressive haul of prizes.
"I won four first prizes and three second prize ribbons," Moira said.
But the greatest honour for Moira was to learn that she had also taken out the prize for Most Successful exhibitor in her category.
Moira said it was her first time entering any competition.
"I still consider myself a novice crocheter," she said.
"I entered because I wanted something light and fun in these dreary times.
"I certainly didn't expect to win."
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