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McCracken County Fair Flower Show 2018
June 25-30, 2018
“The Wild, Wild Digital West”
A Standard Flower Show
Sponsored by McCracken County Master Gardeners, Open Gate Garden Club* and Perennial Gardeners Garden Club*
* State member of National Garden Club, the Garden Club of Kentucky, Inc. – Audubon District
The Standard Flower Show is held in Floral Hall, Carson Park Fair Grounds, 300 Joe Clifton Drive, Paducah, Kentucky, June 25-30, 2018.
The show is open to the public Monday through Saturday, 5:30PM – 9:00PM. A $3.00 general admission ticket to the Fairgrounds is required.
Flower Show Committee: Lyn Meredith, Chair; Sally Wilkins, Design Chair; Anne McNeilly, Bonnie Koblitz, Phyllis Flowers, Carol Ullrich, Brenda Johnson, Carolyn Roof, Betty Thompson and Sherry Dorris.
Please refer any questions to the McCracken County Extension Office, (270) 554-9520.
The flower show is open to all. All DESIGN entries must be pre-registered by June 8, 2018 by contacting the Design Consultant for the class being entered.
Horticulture entries will be accepted Monday, June 25, 7:30AM -10:30AM. ALL ENTRIES MUST BE STAGED, PLACED ON THE CORRECT CLASS TABLE AND SIGNED IN BY 10:30 AM. TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR JUDGING. TIME RESTRICTIONS WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED. Design entries will be accepted Thursday, June 28, 7:30AM – 11:00AM. Exhibitors must leave Floral Hall as soon as the exhibit(s) is/are placed and not return until judging is completed.
Judging is done by National Garden Clubs Flower Show Judges, accredited Society Judges, and/or Horticulture Experts.
Entries will be judged according to the National Garden Clubs, Inc. Standard System of Awarding as follows:
1st Place, Blue Ribbon $8.00; 2nd Place, Red Ribbon $6.00; 3rd Place, Yellow Ribbon $4.00; and 4th Place, White Ribbon $2.00.
Sweepstakes – $15.00 & Green and White Rosette Ribbon. Awarded to exhibitors receiving most blue ribbons in Horticulture/Adult and in Design/Adult.
Best of Show – $15.00 & Blue Rosette Ribbon. Awarded in Horticulture for one cut plant and in Design to one Adult.
Grower’s Choice – $15.00. Awarded in Horticulture to best entry in Container Grown Section.
Pick up of entries and prize money:
Design and Horticulture ribbons and/or prize money will be distributed on Monday, July 2, 2018, between 8:00AM – 10:00AM. Any exhibits, ribbons and/or premiums not claimed at this time will be forfeited and disposed of unless other arrangements have been made with the Show Chair.
Responsibility of Exhibitor:
Neither the McCracken County Fair, Purchase Area Master Gardener Association, McCracken County Master Gardener Association, Open Gate Garden Club, nor Perennial Gardeners Garden Club shall be responsible for loss or damage to exhibits or personal property of exhibitor, but will exercise the utmost care for their protection.
DIVISION I – HORTICULTURE – (Please read the General Rules)
1. All exhibits must be fresh and grown by the exhibitor.
2. Horticulture exhibits will be received Monday, June 25, 2018, 7:30AM – 10:30AM. All entries must be staged, placed on the correct class table and signed in by 10:30AM to be eligible for judging. Time restrictions will be strictly enforced. Cut-plant material will be removed by 4:00PM on Wednesday, June 27 to make room for Design Competition. Container-grown exhibits will remain on display for the duration of the fair.
3. Entry cards are available on the day of registration. Exhibitor may enter more than one specimen per class if each entry is a different species, variety, cultivar, type or color.
4. An individual may exhibit no more than 12 entries.
5. All specimens should be correctly labeled by genus, species, and/or variety, if possible, as well as common name.
6. The Horticulture Committee will supply bottles, water and wedging material for cut-plants.
7. All plant material must be clean, without dead foliage, insect free, and disease free. Compound leaves must be complete. All foliage should be above the water line.
8. Cut-plant material should be appropriate length for the variety.
9. Plant material may not be altered by the application of oil, commercial “shine” products, etc. that artificially change the specimen’s natural color and texture.
11. At the Chair’s discretion, entries not meeting these requirements may be displayed but not judged.
12. For more information, contact McCracken County Extension Office, (270) 554-9520.
CUT- PLANT MATERIAL
One stem per container. Container and wedging provided by the Horticulture Committee.
12. Other Annuals not listed above
13. Echinacea (coneflower)
15. Rudbeckia – cultivar
16. Monarda – Bee Balm
17. Other Flowering Perennials not listed above
18. Single, any color
19. Double, any color
20. Ruffled, any color
21. Spider, any color
22. Re-curved, any color
23. Multicolored or banded
24. Miniature (less than 3”)
25. Other Daylilies not listed above
Perennials grown primarily for foliage Exhibit foliage only
26. Coral Bells (Heuchera)
28. Solomon’s Seal
30. Other Perennials grown primarily for foliage not listed
31. Hybrid Tea
34. Shrub rose
35. Other Roses not listed above
Wildflowers – species only (NO cultivated varieties – cultivars)
Invasive exotics are NOT to be collected from the wild and will not be accepted.
37. Wild Ginger
38. Butterfly Weed
39. Black-eyed Susan
40. Turk’s Cap Lily
41. Other Wildflowers not listed above
Bulbs, Corms and Tubers
43. Calla Lily
44. Asiatic or Oriental lily
48. Other Bulbs, Corms and Tubers not listed above
Hosta Leaf (width of mature leaf determines placement)
49. Small – leaf width up to 3” across
50. Medium – leaf width 3”-6”
51. Large – leaf width 6”-8”
52. Extra-large – leaf width over 8”
53. Christmas Fern
54. Lady Fern
55. Japanese Painted Fern
56. Sensitive Fern
57. Cinnamon Fern
58. Ostrich Fern
59. Maidenhair Fern
60. Other Ferns not listed above
69. Lamb’s Ear
70. Lemon Balm
71. Other Herbs not listed above
72. Any flowering vine
73. Any vine grown for foliage
Trees and Shrubs
74. Broadleaf evergreen tree
75. Broadleaf evergreen shrub
76. Needled Evergreen tree
77. Needled Evergreen shrub
78. Deciduous Tree
79. Deciduous Shrub
80. Mophead (H. macrophylla)
81. Snowball (H. arborescens) ‘Annabelle’ etc.
82. PeeGee (H. paniculata)
83. Lace Caps (H.macrophylla normalis)
84. Oak Leaf (H. querceifolia)
Container-Grown Plants – Containers must be no larger than 16” in any direction. Grown by exhibitor as one unit for at least 90 days.)
85. African violet
90. Vegetables Grown in Containers
91. Other Container-Grown Plants not listed above
Combination Plantings – Containers must be no larger than 16” in any direction. Grown as one unit by the exhibitor for at least 6 weeks.)
93. Flowering plants
95. Other Combination Plantings not listed above
Hanging Containers – Limited to first 12 entries. Containers must be no larger than 12” in width and 45” in total length. Grown by exhibitor as one unit for at least 6 weeks.
96. Hanging Containers
DIVISION II – DESIGN (Please read the general rules)
THE WILD, WILD DIGITAL WEST
A Small Standard Flower Show for Youth and Adults
DESIGN DIVISION CHAIR: Sally Wilkins, firstname.lastname@example.org, 270-898-7798
DESIGN DIVISION COMMITTEE: Anne McNeilly, Carol Ullerich
A Telephone, Television and Camera were once staples in American homes. Now, a Smartphone combines all three and more, linking us to The Internet of Things. We’re lost if we leave home without it. With a smartphone on the nightstand, an alarm clock and radio are obsolete. Facebook and Twitter dominate the news. Newspaper readership has declined. No need to use snail mail when a text sends your thoughts worldwide in seconds. Social media puts the world at our fingertips, yielding instant answers to trivia questions; connecting us to the world, family and friends; and, for some, babysitting children. Through floral design, exhibitors interpret terms we now associate with the many facets of the internet.
DESIGN DIVISION RULES
Master Gardeners hosted our first McCracken County Fair Flower Show in 1998. Now in our 20th year, we’re shaking things up in the ADULT DESIGN DIVISION. While the purpose of a fair is competition for ribbons, prize money and bragging rights, some ADULTS may wish to share their talent and ideas without having their work judged. For ADULTS wishing to exhibit, but not compete, we’ve added classes for DISPLAY purposes only which will NOT be judged by NGC standards and will NOT be eligible for ribbons and associated premiums, but will be ELIGIBLE for a rosette and prize money based on public voting.
Design entries will be accepted 7:30-11:00AM, Thursday, June 28, 2018. Design entries, ribbons and premiums are to be picked up Monday, July 2, 2018, 8:00-10:00AM. Any exhibits, ribbons and/or premiums not claimed at this time will be forfeited and disposed of unless other arrangements have been made with the Show Chair.
ADULT DESIGN CLASSES
Classes 1, 2 and 3 WILL BE JUDGED according to NGC standards by NGC-accredited judges as has occurred for many years. Each class must have four entries. Ribbons and prize money will be awarded in Classes 1, 2 and 3. Recipients of blue ribbons in Classes 1, 2 and 3 will be eligible for the green and white Design Sweepstakes rosette and $15.00 premium, and the blue Best Of Show rosette and $15.00 premium. Decision of judges is final.
Classes 4, 5, 6 and 7 will be placed for DISPLAY PURPOSES ONLY and will not be judged by NGC-accredited judges. A rosette and $15.00 will be awarded in three categories based on voting by the public on Thursday, June 28, 2018. The public will be invited to vote for their favorite Adult design in three categories: People’s Choice, Best Use of Color, and Most Creative Design. Classes 4, 5, 6 and 7 may have a maximum of four entries each.
AWARDS OFFERED in ADULT Classes 1, 2, and 3: 1st Place, Blue Ribbon $8.00; 2nd Place, Red Ribbon $6.00; 3rd Place, Yellow Ribbon $4.00; 4th Place, White Ribbon $2.00 and Honorable Mention, with no monetary award. One or more Honorable Mention ribbons may be awarded in each ADULT Class.
AWARDS OFFERED in ADULT Classes 4, 5, 6, and 7: One rosette with cash award of $15.00 to design receiving most public votes in each of three categories: People’s Choice, Best Use of Color, and Most Creative Design. Entries in Classes 4, 5, 6, and 7 DO NOT compete for BEST OF SHOW or SWEEPSTAKES rosettes and premiums.
1. Designs must be pre-registered by June 8, 2018, by CONTACTING THE DESIGN CONSULTANT FOR THE PARTICULAR CLASS BEING ENTERED.
2. An ADULT may enter multiple Classes, but only one entry per person per Class will be accepted. Each design must be work of only one exhibitor and her/his name must be on entry card. (EXCEPTION: Entries in Class 1, Functional Table, may be the work of an individual, group, club or organization.) No charge to enter a design.
3. Some plant material must be used in every exhibit. Depending on type of design, it may be fresh and/or dried plant material. Fresh plant material may not be artificially colored, but dried material may be. Plant material used in designs need not be grown by exhibitor. Artificial plants and plant material are prohibited. Endangered species should not be collected and may not be used.
4. The following are permitted:
a. Accessory objects and featured objects; fresh plant material clipped, stripped, bent or otherwise manipulated; and objects which add interest when tastefully used.
b. Any perishable food product, but must be sealed if possibility exists for attracting insects or producing undesirable odor.
c. Trifolds and underlays of designer’s choice, unless otherwise specified in schedule. If designer does not have a trifold, Design Committee may place black trifold behind design for show uniformity.
5. These endangered plants MAY NOT BE USED. Apios priceana – Price’s Potato-bean; Arbis perstellata – Braun’s Rockcress; Arenaria cumberlandensis – Cumberland Sandwort; Heliantus eggertii – Eggert’s Sunflower; Solidago albopilosa – White-haired Goldenrod; Solidago shortii – Short’s Goldenrod; Spireaea virginiana – Virginia Spirea; Trifolium stoloniferum – Running Buffalo Clover.
6. Placing a note card at the base of the design identifying plant material incorporated in the design is appropriate and encouraged.
7. Landscapes are not permitted in Design Division.
8. So as not to offend, American and other national flags may NOT be incorporated into any competitive design, nor used as an underlay, swag or the like.
9. No living member of the Animal Kingdom, (e.g., mammal, bird, fish, etc., or taxidermal representation of same), is permitted in a design.
ADULT DESIGN CLASSES JUDGED BY NGC-STANDARDS
All tables provided by committee will be standard 30” deep x 30” tall banquet tables draped in black cloth. This statement DOES NOT apply to Class 1 in which exhibitors must provide own standard-size card table.
CLASS 1 Facetime Functional Table 4 Entries JUDGED
Design Consultant Brenda Johnson email@example.com 270-210-1760
A table planned and set for actual service of food for TWO DINERS for AFTERNOON TEA. Convenience and sense of order must prevail. Exhibit must include decorative unit (floral design, with or without candles or other accessories; container-grown plant alone is NOT design). Typically includes dishes, beverage container/s, covering/s and napkins. May include flatware. Coordination of all components must be balanced within allotted space. Tablecloth may hang no more than 16” from top of table.
Exhibit must be placed on standard-size card table PROVIDED BY EXHIBITOR.
CLASS 2 Screenshot Designer’s Choice 4 Entries JUDGED
Design Consultant: Betty Thompson firstname.lastname@example.org 270-559-3782
Design of any type incorporating one or more picture frames provided by exhibitor. Staged on 30” tall table draped in black. Space allotted is 30” deep x 30” wide. Exhibitor may use own underlay.
CLASS 3 I found it on Pinterest Wreath 4 Entries JUDGED
Design Consultant: Carolyn Roof email@example.com 270-559-7663
Wreath for any occasion. May be created on 16” form of wire, grapevine, foam or other material. Must not exceed 20” in any direction and weigh a maximum of five pounds. Must be capable of being hung from Command hook.
ADULT DESIGN CLASSES JUDGED BY PUBLIC
CLASS 4 It’s Stored in the Cloud Hanging Design 4 Entries DISPLAY ONLY
Design Consultant: Sally Wilkins firstname.lastname@example.org 270-898-7798
Suspended design created to hang from hook within white wooden frame provided by committee. Inside dimension of frame is 34.5” (height) x 22.5” (width). Design may move or be static. Electricity is not available.
CLASS 5 There’s an App for that! Fairy Garden 4 Entries DISPLAY ONLY
Design Consultant: Carolyn Roof email@example.com 270-559-7663
Space allotted 30” deep x 30” wide. Staged on banquet table 30” tall. Artificial plant material prohibited.
Miniature landscape/scene in which all types of accessories are permitted. Emphasis not necessarily on plant material, but some live plant material/s must be included. Identification of each plant specimen via single chart or individual placards strongly encouraged.
CLASS 6 iTunes Designer’s Choice 4 Entries DISPLAY ONLY
Design Consultant: Anne McNeilly firstname.lastname@example.org 270-217-5690
Design of any type using all fresh or all dried plant material, or combination thereof, staged on table 30” tall covered with black cloth. Space allotted is 30” deep by 30” wide. Exhibitor may use own underlay.
CLASS 7 ETSY Parasol 4 Entries DISPLAY ONLY
Design Consultant: Carol Ullerich carolullerich123gmail.com 270-564-7592
Considered “wearable apparel,” this Class calls for a lady’s parasol provided by exhibitor and embellished with either fresh or dried plant material, or combination thereof. Space allotted is 30” deep x 30” wide on 30” tall table draped in black. No additional underlay is permitted.
YOUTH DESIGN CLASSES
(Open to young people through Age 18)
The YOUTH portion of the show will occur as in prior years. Using a container provided by the Committee, Kindergarten through High School students will create a floral design evoking CLASS THEME for one of three age groups. YOUTH entries will be divided into three age groups and judged according to NGC standards by NGC-accredited judges.
AWARDS OFFERED in each YOUTH Class: 1st Place, Blue Ribbon $8.00; 2nd Place, Red Ribbon $6.00; 3rd Place, Yellow Ribbon $4.00; 4th Place, White Ribbon $2.00 and Honorable Mention, with no monetary award. One or more Honorable Mention ribbons may be awarded in each YOUTH Class. YOUTH Classes DO NOT compete for BEST OF SHOW and SWEEPSTAKES rosettes and premiums.
Design Consultant: Sherry Dorris email@example.com 630-234-1594
Any type of design not exceeding 15” in height, width, or depth. Design of any style created in container provided by committee. Youth designer will choose floral material, color and accessories desired. Will be staged on table 30” tall draped in black fabric and viewed from front only.
CLASS 8 Safari YOUTH
CLASS 9 Tweet, Tweet YOUTH
CLASS 10 Candy Crush YOUTH
Design Division Scale of Points
Conformance to all schedule requirements. Design type – 7 points; all other requirements – 7 points. Total 14
Design – Application of Design Principles (balance, contrast, dominance, proportion, scale, rhythm) to Design Elements (line, form, color, texture, pattern, size, space, light). Each Design principle worth 8 points. Total 48
Selection of Components – Creative selection and organization of all components. Appropriateness of components and placement for design type, if applicable. Total 6
Organization of Components – Creative organization of all components. Appropriateness of placement of components for design type, if applicable. Total 6
Expression – Interpretation of class title or theme. Total 10
Distinction – Degree of superiority in all respects. Degree of distinction evident in craftsmanship, use of mechanics and condition of all components. Total 16
Total score 100