Flowers, Dept. 17

Flowers



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2016 Entry Instructions

ONLINE ENTRY IS PREFERRED. To be an Exhibitor, click on the Online Entry link and follow the instructions. The alternate way to enter is to print out the offline entry form, fill it out, and mail it in according to the deadline outlined on the form and on the Entry Deadlines and Delivery Schedule page. (Please contact your Department if you are unable to print the entry form.)

Rules

PLEASE READ ALL RULES CAREFULLY.

  1. All entries must be in place by 8 PM on Wed., the day before the start of the Fair.
  2. Please pre-register in all categories you anticipate entering. Items can be deleted more quickly than they can be added.
  3. Each exhibitor is allowed only ONE entry in each class.
  4. Where there is no competition, each exhibit will be judged and placed according to its own merit.
  5. Where required by the variety of entries, a class may be made or divided at the discretion of the judges.
  6. Any exhibit using material on the State Conservation list as published by the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut, Inc., will be disqualified.
  7. Please list your exhibits in numerical order using class numbers for each entry.
  8. Exhibits must remain in place until 7 PM, Sunday, the last day of the Fair. Committee members will be on hand until 8:30 PM Sun. and on Mon. following the Fair. from 5 – 7 PM to assist exhibitors in collecting their entries.
  9. After 7 PM Monday, remaining exhibits will be placed outside the exhibit area and the doors will be closed.

Special Awards

Best of Show

One Best-of-Show rosette will be awarded in each of the following categories: Arrangements, Artistic Vases, Single Specimens, Potted Houseplants and Collections.

Betty Ackerman Memorial Award

This award was established in 1994 in memory of Betty Ackerman, who was an assistant superintendent of the Durham Fair for many years. The award is given to the first place winner in a class, or classes, of flower or plant, as chosen by the Flower Committee. This year’s class is Sunflowers (Class 47). The winner will receive a special award of $20, given by Jeff and Carol Feldmann in memory of Betty Ackerman.

George Matyas Memorial Award

George Matyas was an exhibitor in the Potted Houseplant category of the Flower Department from 1997 to 2005. When he received the Exhibitors Guide each year, he took time to carefully pick his entries. All of his houseplants and flowers were grown from seed or plant cuttings. A special award of $20 is given by his daughter Patti Kemish in memory of her father. This year the award will go to the best entry in Orchids (Class 69).

Harriet Duval Special Award

This award was established in 2013 to honor Harriet Duval who joined the Flower Committee in 1962. She chaired the committee from 1982 – 2012. The award is a rosette for the first place winner of a designated class of flower arrangement. This year’s class is Durham Fair Counts Down to 100 Years (Class 11).

 

Please Note:

  1. No artificial flowers, foliage or fruit may be used.
  2. No coloring of fresh or dried plant material is allowed.
  3. Flowers must be garden grown.
  4. Arrangements must be movable at the discretion of the committee and/or judges.
  5. Containers must be lined to prevent leakage.
  6. Accessories are to be used only when specified.

TABLE OF CATEGORIES

Class Code & Name $ Prize Amount
Arrangements 1st 2nd 3rd
Please Note: 1) No artificial flowers, foliage or fruit may be used. 2) No coloring of fresh or dried plant material is allowed. 3) Flowers must be garden grown. 4) Arrangements must be movable at the discretion of the committee and/or judges. 5) Containers must be lined to prevent leakage. 6) Accessories are to be used only when specified.
Theme: Looking Back: 100 Years Through the Decades
How many of these top news stories do you recall?
1st 2nd 3rd
01 1917—Babe Ruth Joins the Red Sox: Baseball-themed arrangement. Use red and white flowers; accessories allowed. 10 8 6
02 1927—Charles Lindbergh Makes the First Transatlantic Solo Flight: Celebratory arrangement for the hero; accessories allowed. 10 8 6
03 1937—Aviator Amelia Earhart Disappears Over South Pacific: Tropical-themed tribute; accessories allowed. 10 8 6
04 1947—Howdy Doody” Makes TV Debut: Whimsical western theme; use accessories. 10 8 6
05 1957—Sputnik—The First Satellite: Space-age arrangement using purple, chrome/silver and sparkles. 10 8 6
06 1967—Debut of Rolling Stone Magazine: “Hippie” arrangement using wildflowers; use accessories. 10 8 6
07 1977—"Star Wars" Hits Theaters: Use your imagination to create an intergalactic arrangement; use accessories. 10 8 6
08 1987—America Meets the Simpsons: Arrange yellow flowers in a Simpson-themed container. NOTE: Miniature. 10 8 6
09 1997—Titanic—The Movie: Elegant white arrangement in a silver-toned container. 10 8 6
10 2007—Harry Potter Comes to America: Think fantasy, wizardry and magic; use accessories. 10 8 6
11 2017—Durham Fair Counts Down to 100 Years: Arrangement depicting your favorite Durham Fair memory/event; accessories allowed. (Harriet Duval Special Award) 10 8 6
Collections 1st 2nd 3rd
12 Gourds: Judged by number of varieties and artistic
arrangement in a container or basket.
6 5 4
13 Annual Flowers: Judged by number of varieties and
arrangement (list varieties on a 3 x 5” index card).
6 5 4
14 Perennial Flowers: Judged by number of varieties and
arrangement (list varieties on a 3 x 5” index card).
6 5 4
Artistic Vases of Flowers 1st 2nd 3rd
Please Note: 1) Vases must include more than one specimen. 2) Foliage must be attached to the stem and should not show below water in vase. 3) All containers must be furnished by the exhibitor. 4) Quality of flowers, foliage and suitability of containers will be judged. 5) No accessories should be used. 6) Entries may include a mix of colors, but NOT a mix of varieties. 7) Entries will only be judged in the appropriate class, i.e., pompons will not be accepted in any other Dahlia class.
15 Ageratums (annual) 4 3 2
16 Ageratums (perennial) 4 3 2
17 Anemone 4 3 2
18 Asters (annual) 4 3 2
19 Asters (perennial) 4 3 2
20 Bachelor buttons 4 3 2
21 Calendulas 4 3 2
22 Chrysanthemums 4 3 2
23 Cleome 4 3 2
24 Cosmos 4 3 2
25 Coxcomb: crested 4 3 2
26 Coxcomb: plumed 4 3 2
Betty Ackerman Award: Best Entry in Dahlias, Classes 27 – 30
27 Dahlias: large (over 8”) 4 3 2
28 Dahlias: medium (4” – 8”) 4 3 2
29 Dahlias: small (less than 4”) 4 3 2
30 Dahlias: pompom 4 3 2
31 Gladiolas 4 3 2
32 Globe amaranth 4 3 2
33 Marigolds: large (over 11⁄2”) 4 3 2
34 Marigolds: small double 4 3 2
35 Marigolds: small single 4 3 2
36 Nasturtiums 4 3 2
37 Pansies 4 3 2
38 Petunias: double 4 3 2
39 Petunias: single 4 3 2
40 Roses 4 3 2
41 Roses: miniature 4 3 2
42 Salvia: annual 4 3 2
43 Salvia: perennial 4 3 2
44 Sedum 4 3 2
45 Snapdragons 4 3 2
46 Strawflowers 4 3 2
47 Sunflowers 4 3 2
48 Verbenas 4 3 2
49 Zinnias: large (over 41⁄2”) 4 3 2
50 Zinnias: medium (2” – 41⁄2”) 4 3 2
51 Zinnias: small (less than 2”) 4 3 2
(only flowers NOT listed elsewhere will be accepted in Classes 52 & 53) 
52 Other worthy entry: Annuals (please identify)
(1 entry per exhibitor)
4 3 2
53 Other worthy entry: Perennials (please identify)
(1 entry per exhibitor)
4 3 2
Single Specimen in Vase 1st 2nd 3rd
Please note: 1) One specimen only, with no buds attached. 2) Foliage must be attached and should not show below water in vase. 3) Entries will only be judged in the appropriate class, i.e., pompons will not be accepted in any other Dahlia class.
54 Chrysanthemum 4 3 2
55 Dahlia: large (over 8”) 4 3 2
56 Dahlia: medium (4 – 8”) 4 3 2
57 Dahlia: small (less than 4”) 4 3 2
58 Dahlia: pompom 4 3 2
59 Gladiola 4 3 2
60 Rose: hybrid tea 4 3 2
61 Other worthy entry (must be other than flowers listed in Classes 15–51). 4 3 2
Potted Houseplant 1st 2nd 3rd
Please note: 1) Plants must be disease-free and in clean containers. 2) Entries will be accepted as space permits. 3) No plant stands will be allowed. 4) Plants must be a reasonable size and weight; plants that cannot be accommodated may have to be moved. 5) Only one variety of plant per container.
62 African violet (single crown only) 5 4 3
George Matyas Memorial Award: Best entry in Begonias, Classes 63 – 66
63 Begonia: Angel Wing 5 4 3
64 Begonia: Fibrous 5 4 3
65 Begonia: Rhizomatous 5 4 3
66 Begonia: Tuberous 5 4 3
67 Gardenia 5 4 3
68 Hibiscus 5 4 3
69 Orchid 5 4 3
70 Other flowering houseplant in bloom 5 4 3
71 Fern (no asparagus fern in this class) 5 4 3
72 Asparagus fern 5 4 3
73 Christmas cactus 5 4 3
74 Jade 5 4 3
75 Other succulent (including cacti; no dish gardens) 5 4 3
76 Ivy 5 4 3
77 Philodendron 5 4 3
78 Pothos 5 4 3
79 Spider plant 5 4 3
80 Other worthy entry (please identify) 
No hanging baskets in this Class (1 entry per exhibitor)
5 4 3
81 Hanging basket: Foliage plant 5 4 3
82 Hanging basket: Begonia 5 4 3
83 Hanging basket: Geranium 5 4 3
84 Hanging basket: Other blooming plant 5 4 3

Contacts

  • Eileen Kukish
    Superintendent
    860-740-4951
    P.O. Box 173
    Durham, CT 06422
  • Holly Pearce
    Asst. Superintendent
    860-682-3382
  • Judy Moeckel
    Asst. Supt., Computer Services
    860-280-7638

Committee

  • Stacy Blackmon
  • Jean Gay
  • Peter Kukish
  • Heather Moeller
  • Amy Ash Nixon
  • Laura Nixon
  • Mary-Ellen O’Brien
  • Mae Spooner
  • Richard Spooner
  • Don Stephan
  • Wendy Stephan
  • Betsy St. John