Flowers, Dept. 16

Flowers



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2021 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 entries 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. If using the exhibitor entry form, please list your entries in numerical order, using class numbers for each entry.
  5. Each exhibitor is allowed only ONE entry in each class.
  6. Where there is no competition in a class, the entry will be judged and placed according to its own merit.
  7. Where required by the variety of entries, a class may be created or divided at the discretion of the judges.
  8. All judges’ decisions are final.
  9. Any entry using material on the State Conservation List as published by the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut, Inc., will be disqualified.
  10. All collections must include an index card listing each variety of flower or plant included.
  11. Exhibits must remain in place until 6 PM on Sun., the last day of the Fair. Committee members will be on hand until 8 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, Collections, Single Specimens, Potted Houseplants and Container Gardens.

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 V34). 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 Orchid (Class P06).

Harriet Duval Special Award

This award was established in 2013 to honor Harriet Duval, who joined the Flower Committee in 1962 and 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 They’ll Learn Much More Than I’ll Ever Know (Class A10).


TABLE OF CATEGORIES

Class Code & Name $ Prize Amount
Arrangements
2021 Theme: What a Wonderful World
Be inspired by Louis Armstrong’s beautiful song!
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.
A01 I see trees of green. An all-foliage arrangement; focus on the beautiful leaves of the plants in your garden. 20 15 10
A02 Roses, too. A small arrangement of roses in a silver-toned container. 20 15 10
A03 I see skies of blue and clouds of white. An all-white flower arrangement in a blue container. 20 15 10
A04 The bright blessed day. A yellow arrangement in a gold-toned container. 20 15 10
A05 The dark sacred night. A purple/blue arrangement in a chrome or black container—add sparkle! 20 15 10
A06 The colors of the rainbow, so pretty in the sky… A colorful arrangement in a fun container; enhance with accessories. 20 15 10
A07 Are also on the faces of people passing by. An arrangement that honors the cultural richness of our world; use accessories. 20 15 10
A08 I see friends shaking hands. A bouquet in a vase, with a bow; accessorize with a photograph. 20 15 10
A09 I hear babies cry, I watch them grow. An arrangement in a nursery-themed container. (Note: MINIATURE; not to exceed 4 ½ inches in any direction.) 20 15 10
A10 They’ll learn much more than I’ll ever know. A formal arrangement honoring an achievement in someone’s life. Use suitable accessories. (Harriet Duval Special Award) 20 15 10
Collections 1st 2nd 3rd
C01 Gourds: Judged by number of varieties and artistic
arrangement in a container or basket.
15 10 8
C02 Annual Flowers: Judged by number of varieties and
arrangement (a printed list of varieties must be provided).
15 10 8
C03 Perennial Flowers: Judged by number of varieties and
arrangement (a printed list of varieties must be provided).
15 10 8
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.
V01 Ageratums (annual) 9 8 6
V02 Ageratums (perennial) 9 8 6
V03 Anemone 9 8 6
V04 Asters (annual) 9 8 6
V05 Asters (perennial) 9 8 6
V06 Bachelor buttons 9 8 6
V07 Calendulas 9 8 6
V08 Chrysanthemums 9 8 6
V09 Cleome 9 8 6
V10 Cosmos 9 8 6
V11 Coxcomb: crested 9 8 6
V12 Coxcomb: plumed 9 8 6
V13 Dahlias: large (over 8") 9 8 6
V14 Dahlias: medium (4" – 8") 9 8 6
V15 Dahlias: small (less than 4") 9 8 6
V16 Dahlias: pompon 9 8 6
V17 Gladiolas 9 8 6
V18 Globe Amaranth 9 8 6
V19 Hydrangea 9 8 6
V20 Marigolds: large (over 11⁄2") 9 8 6
V21 Marigolds: small double 9 8 6
V22 Marigolds: small single 9 8 6
V23 Nasturtiums 9 8 6
V24 Pansies 9 8 6
V25 Petunias: double 9 8 6
V26 Petunias: single 9 8 6
V27 Roses 9 8 6
V28 Roses: miniature 9 8 6
V29 Salvia: annual 9 8 6
V30 Salvia: perennial 9 8 6
V31 Sedum 9 8 6
V32 Snapdragons 9 8 6
V33 Strawflowers 9 8 6
V34 Sunflowers (Betty Ackerman Memorial Award) 9 8 6
V35 Verbenas 9 8 6
V36 Zinnias: large (over 4 1/2") 9 8 6
V37 Zinnias: medium (2" – 4 1/2") 9 8 6
V38 Zinnias: small (less than 2") 9 8 6
(Only flowers NOT listed elsewhere will be accepted in Classes V39 & V40) 
V39 Other worthy entry: Annuals (please identify)
(1 entry per exhibitor)
9 8 6
V40 Other worthy entry: Perennials (please identify)
(1 entry per exhibitor)
9 8 6
Single Specimens in Vase 1st 2nd 3rd
Please note: 1) Only one specimen is allowed, 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.
S01 Chrysanthemum 9 8 6
S02 Dahlia: large (over 8") 9 8 6
S03 Dahlia: medium (4 – 8") 9 8 6
S04 Dahlia: small (less than 4") 9 8 6
S05 Dahlia: pompon 9 8 6
S06 Gladiola 9 8 6
S07 Rose: hybrid tea 9 8 6
S08 Other worthy entry (cannot be flowers entered in Classes V01 to V38) 9 8 6
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.
P01 African violet (single crown only) 10 8 6
P02 Begonia 10 8 6
P03 Cactus (single variety only) 10 8 6
P04 Gardenia 10 8 6
P05 Hibiscus 10 8 6
P06 Orchid (George Matyas Memorial Award) 10 8 6
P07 Other flowering houseplant in bloom 10 8 6
P08 Fern (no asparagus fern in this class) 10 8 6
P09 Asparagus fern 10 8 6
P10 Christmas Cactus 10 8 6
P11 Jade 10 8 6
P12 Other succulent (no dish gardens) 10 8 6
P13 Ivy 10 8 6
P14 Philodendron 10 8 6
P15 Pothos 10 8 6
P16 Spider plant 10 8 6
P17 Other worthy entry (please identify) 
No hanging baskets in this Class
10 8 6
P18 Hanging basket: Foliage plant 10 8 6
P19 Hanging basket: Begonia 10 8 6
P20 Hanging basket: Geranium 10 8 6
P21 Hanging basket: Other blooming plant 10 8 6
Container Gardens 1st 2nd 3rd
Please note: 1) Plants should be grown in the container they are shown in. 2) Plants should be clean, and contain no dead foliage or stems. 3) Plants should have no insects or insect damage or disease. 4) Plants should be labeled or tagged with either the botanical or common name. 5) No endangered or invasive species allowed. 6) A variety of plants is expected in all classes. 7) Exhibitors may submit 1 entry per class. Exhibitors may enter all classes.
CG01 Small Containers, any shape, up to 12" in width or diameter. 10 8 6
CG02 Large Containers, any shape, up to 20" in width or diameter. 10 8 6
CG03 Small Window Box, up to 12". 10 8 6
CG04 Large Window Box, up to 20". 10 8 6
CG05 Hanging basket (collection of plants). 10 8 6
CG06 Herb Garden, up to 20", containing medicinal, edible or decorative herbs. 10 8 6
CG07 Novelty Planter, up to 20", using plants, props, figurines, etc. to express the theme, “What a Wonderful World”. 10 8 6
CG08 Succulent Wreath or Container, up to 24" wide. 10 8 6
CG09 Fairy Garden, not to exceed 20" wide. 10 8 6
CG10 Terrarium in a glass container, up to 12" wide. 10 8 6

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

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