Flowers, Dept. 16

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2022 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. Entries will be received at the Flower Department between 3 PM and 8 PM on Wed., the day before the start of the Fair.
  2. Entries must be completely finished and ready for placement before they are brought to the Flower Department.
  3. All entries must be of show quality, with no 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. Collections (C02 & C03 only) must include a list of all plant and flower varieties used.
  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 entry judged to be best in a class, or classes, of flower, as chosen by the Flower Committee. This year’s class is Sedum (Class V31). 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 Other Flowering Houseplant in Bloom (Class P07).

Harriet Duval Special Award

This award was established in 2013 to honor Harriet Duval, who joined the Flower Committee in 1962 and chaired the committee from 1982 to 2012. The award is a rosette for the first place winner of a designated class of flower arrangement. This year’s class is Every Little Thing (Class A10).


TABLE OF CATEGORIES

Class Code & Name $ Prize Amount
Arrangements
2022 Theme: Ladies and Gentlemen: The Beatles!
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 Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. A purple and blue arrangement with a bit of sparkle. Use accessories. 20 15 10
A02 Strawberry Fields Forever. Tones of red and pink in a basket. 20 15 10
A03 Ticket to Ride. A colorful arrangement that suggests a midway ride. Accessories allowed. 20 15 10
A04 The White Album. A white arrangement in a silver-toned container. 20 15 10
A05 Yellow Submarine. A vibrant arrangement in a yellow container. 20 15 10
A06 Octopus’ Garden. Use blues and greens in a nautical-themed container. Accessories allowed. 20 15 10
A07 Paperback Writer. Design an arrangement to coordinate with the theme of a book. Include a paperback book as an accessory. 20 15 10
A08 I Want to Hold Your Hand. A romantic arrangement, complimented with lace. 20 15 10
A09 Imagine. Let your imagination flow! Use a candle in the arrangement. 20 15 10
A10 Every Little Thing. Create a charming arrangement in a ring box or a “keepsake” container. (Harriet Duval Special Award; also, this is a MINIATURE arrangement, not to exceed 4 ½ inches in any direction.) 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 vases must be furnished by the exhibitor. 4) Quality of flowers, foliage and suitability of vases will be judged. 5) No accessories allowed. 6) Entries must be of one variety only. 7) Entries will only be judged in the appropriate class, i.e., pompom Dahlias 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: pompom 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 (Betty Ackerman Memorial Award) 9 8 6
V32 Snapdragons 9 8 6
V33 Strawflowers 9 8 6
V34 Sunflowers 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., pompoms 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: pompom 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 10 8 6
P07 Other flowering houseplant in bloom (George Matyas Memorial Award) 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 (hanging or pedestal) 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, “Ladies and Gentlemen: The Beatles”. 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
  • Harriet Duval
  • Jean Gay
  • Sandy Frederick
  • Lisa McCabe
  • Heather Moeller
  • Amy Ash Nixon
  • Mary-Ellen O’Brien
  • Janine Skelps
  • Mae Spooner
  • Don Stephan
  • Wendy Stephan
  • Betsy St. John