Flowers, Dept. 17

Flowers



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2018 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 completely finished and ready for placement before they are brought to the Flower Department.
  2. All entries must be in place by 8 PM on Wed., the day before the start of the Fair.
  3. All exhibits must be of show quality, that is, free of any sign of disease or insect damage/infestation.
  4. Please pre-register in all categories you anticipate entering. Items can be deleted more quickly than they can be added.
  5. Each exhibitor is allowed only ONE entry in each class.
  6. Where there is no competition, each exhibit will be judged and placed according to its own merit.
  7. Where required by the variety of entries, a class may be made or divided at the discretion of the judges.
  8. All judges’ decisions are final.
  9. Any exhibit using material on the State Conservation list as published by the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut, Inc., will be disqualified.
  10. List your exhibits in numerical order using class numbers for each entry.
  11. Exhibits must remain in place until 7 PM, Sun., the last day of the Fair. Committee members will be on hand until 9 PM Sun. and on Mon. following the Fair from 5 – 7 PM to assist exhibitors in collecting their entries.
  12. After 7 PM Mon., 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 Hydrangea (Class 33). 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 Cactus (Class 65).

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 Entertainment (Class 5).


TABLE OF CATEGORIES

Class Code & Name $ Prize Amount
Arrangements
2019 Theme: The 100th Durham Fair
Create floral arrangements inspired by the things you love at the Durham Fair.
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.
01 Marigold: A yellow arrangement in a black and white container. 10 8 6
02 Ribbons & Prizes: A white arrangement in an award-worthy container. Accessorize with ribbons. 10 8 6
03 Farm Animals: Wildflowers and grasses with an animal theme. Use accessories. 10 8 6
04 Cotton Candy: A single-color pastel arrangement. 10 8 6
05 Entertainment: A glitzy, showy arrangement with a musical theme. (Harriet Duval Special Award) 10 8 6
06 Carousel: A colorful, fun arrangement. Use accessories. 10 8 6
07 Baking & Canning: A kitchen table arrangement using fall colors in an appropriate container. 10 8 6
08 Farm Museum: A dried flower arrangement in an antique-style container. 10 8 6
09 Needlework: A gold arrangement incorporating needlecraft tools and yarn. 10 8 6
10 Photography: Use a photo and flowers to capture a moment in time. 10 8 6
11 Youth: Create an arrangement that reflects a child’s world. (Note: MINIATURE; not to exceed 4 ½ inches in any direction.) 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 (must list varieties on a 3 x 5” index card).
6 5 4
14 Perennial Flowers: Judged by number of varieties and
arrangement (must 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 of the same variety. 2) If foliage is attached to the stem, it must 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. 7) Entries will only be judged in the appropriate class, i.e., pompoms 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
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
Betty Ackerman Award: Best Entry in Hydrangea, Class 33
33 Hydrangea 4 3 2
34 Marigolds: large (over 11⁄2”) 4 3 2
35 Marigolds: small double 4 3 2
36 Marigolds: small single 4 3 2
37 Nasturtiums 4 3 2
38 Pansies 4 3 2
39 Petunias: double 4 3 2
40 Petunias: single 4 3 2
41 Roses 4 3 2
42 Roses: miniature 4 3 2
43 Salvia: annual 4 3 2
44 Salvia: perennial 4 3 2
45 Sedum 4 3 2
46 Snapdragons 4 3 2
47 Strawflowers 4 3 2
48 Sunflowers 4 3 2
49 Verbenas 4 3 2
50 Zinnias: large (over 41⁄2”) 4 3 2
51 Zinnias: medium (2” – 41⁄2”) 4 3 2
52 Zinnias: small (less than 2”) 4 3 2
(only flowers NOT listed elsewhere will be accepted in Classes 53 & 54) 
53 Other worthy entry: Annuals (please identify)
(1 entry per exhibitor)
4 3 2
54 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) If foliage is attached to the stem, it must 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.
55 Chrysanthemum 4 3 2
56 Dahlia: large (over 8”) 4 3 2
57 Dahlia: medium (4 – 8”) 4 3 2
58 Dahlia: small (less than 4”) 4 3 2
59 Dahlia: pompom 4 3 2
60 Gladiola 4 3 2
61 Rose: hybrid tea 4 3 2
62 Other worthy entry (must be other than flowers listed in Classes 15 – 52). 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.
63 African violet (single crown only) 5 4 3
64 Begonia 5 4 3
65 Cactus (single variety only) 5 4 3
George Matyas Memorial Award: Best entry in Other flowering houseplant in bloom, Class 70
66 Gardenia 5 4 3
67 Hibiscus 5 4 3
68 Orchid 5 4 3
69 Other flowering houseplant in bloom 5 4 3
70 Fern (no asparagus fern in this class) 5 4 3
71 Asparagus fern 5 4 3
72 Christmas cactus 5 4 3
73 Jade 5 4 3
74 Other succulent (including cacti; no dish gardens) 5 4 3
75 Ivy 5 4 3
76 Philodendron 5 4 3
77 Pothos 5 4 3
78 Spider plant 5 4 3
79 Other worthy entry (please identify) 
No hanging baskets in this Class (1 entry per exhibitor)
5 4 3
80 Hanging basket: Foliage plant 5 4 3
81 Hanging basket: Begonia 5 4 3
82 Hanging basket: Geranium 5 4 3
83 Hanging basket: Other blooming plant 5 4 3

Contacts

  • Eileen Kukish
    Superintendent
    860-740-4951
    16 Lakeview Estates
    Middlefield, CT 06455
  • Holly Pearce
    Asst. Superintendent
    860-682-3382
  • Judy Moeckel
    Asst. Supt., Computer Services
    860-280-7638

Committee

  • Jean Gay
  • Sandy Fredericks
  • Chris Harlow
  • Lisa McCabe
  • Heather Moeller
  • Amy Ash Nixon
  • Mary-Ellen O’Brien
  • Mae Spooner
  • Don Stephan
  • Wendy Stephan
  • Betsy St. John