New categories have been introduced for 'home crafts' - best carrot cake, fruit pie and fruit scone - and for the most unusual misshapen fruit or vegetable.
There are also special opportunities for youngsters to shine in children's sections including 'miniature garden on a plate' and 'fruit or vegetable man or model'.
One of the finest shows of its kind in the north of England, the annual event - which is supported by Hartlepool Council - will take place this year on Saturday 18th August in the Borough Hall on Hartlepool's Headland from 12 noon to 5pm. Admission is free.
With 110 classes it's a showcase for champion produce of all kinds including carnations, dahlias, chrysanthemums, gladioli, fuchsias, sweet peas and vegetables, to name but a few.
The Northern Gladiolus Society will also be holding its annual competition at the event, attracting growers from all over the region.
Tom Hammond, Show Secretary, said: "The show is always really popular with amateur gardeners and with so many classes it's a great opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to 'have a go'.
"We're particularly hoping that our great North-East cooks will rise to the challenge of our new 'home crafts' categories and show us the very best of their home cooking.
"Even if you're not going to exhibit, make a date in your diary to come along - it's a great day out for all the family."
Copies of the show schedule are available from Lesley Strickland, the Council's Cultural Events Officer, on 01429 523420 or e-mail Lesley.email@example.com or from Hartlepool Art Gallery and Tourist Information Centre in Church Square.
People can enter right up to - and on - the show day itself - entries on the Saturday will be accepted at the Borough Hall between 6am and 9am.