Since we moved back here to the village where I grew up, a little over 15 months ago, I've tried to involve myself in helping out with various village activities and events as much as possible. Although the village has lost both its shop and pub, there is a core of dedicated, community minded folk who are always willing to organize something to benefit the local community. With this is mind, I've been approached by one of the parish councillors who is looking to organize a village produce show, some time in September. Obviously word has got round that I have a modicum of gardening knowledge, and he's asked if I'd also be prepared to be one of the judges! Having never been involved with anything like this before, I thought I'd ask the good folk here on GC for a few pointers. Have any of you attended or helped to organize something like this before? The idea is to make the event fun and involve as many people from the village as possible, including children - after all, these are the gardeners of the future, so lets get them interested now. So, any ideas please? In particular - What sort of categories are likely to encourage people to enter? Ideally to appeal to both serious gardeners as well as the more casual gardeners.What would appeal to children and encourage them to enter? Should we expand it beyond simply things which they've grown and have something with a creative element, perhaps based on using natural objects collected from gardens or the surrounding countryside?The aim is to raise funds for causes which will benefit the village community as a whole, so is it best to charge a fee for everyone attending, or just those who enter the competitions? How much should we charge?Should we offer prizes? And if so, what? Vouchers to be spent at local farm shops or garden centres perhaps?Would a photography competition, based on themes of gardening, or perhaps nature in the local area, work?Anything else which would encourage people to get involved? All suggestions and ideas gratefully received.