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Kate Outsmarts All-Comers At Local Shows

Kate SmartPictured is 11 year-old Kate Smart from Portrane with the Lucy Crosbie Shield, which she won at the Malahide Horticultural Show, as well as cups she won at the Swords Horticultural Show

Eleven-year-old Kate Smart from Portrane is a truly remarkable young girl. Green fingered Kate has just landed the Lucy Crosbie Shield at the Malahide Horticultural Show in the Under 12 section for the sixth year in a row in the Children’s Craft section of the show.
Kate told the County Leader, “I was really excited to see if I could win the Lucy Crosbie Shield again and I was really happy with the results, because this year I entered 11 categories and won 10 first prizes and one second prize.”
The Lucy Crosbie Shield is presented for Children’s Arts and Crafts and is open to children of all ages. What is truly remarkable about Kate’s achievement, is that this is the sixth year in succession that she has won this prize.
A delighted Kate, who is a pupil at Donabate Portrane Educate Together National School also entered the Swords Horticultural Show, where she won a cup for highest points and another cup for Best Exhibit. This was for a skirt made by Kate using a sewing machine. The competitions included displaying various skills like handwriting, making greeting cards, baking a chocolate biscuit cake, making a handcrafted skirt, as well as flower arranging, arts and crafts. One of the disciplines was to plan an organic garden in a biscuit tin. “This was my favourite and I had a lot of fun doing it. I really hope to keep on doing this,” said a proud Kate.