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Middlesex County Fair

Flowers

Division 3 – Flowers

Division Contact

Chairperson: Barbara – 732-407-3288
E-mail: flowers@middlesexcountyfair.com

DIVISION 3 AND 3-A – FLOWER SHOWS

Rules for both Adults and Junior Shows
1. Please read and follow all the general rules and regulations.
2. Only exhibits which conform to schedule will be judged.
3. Placement of exhibits must be checked by a member of the Committee to ensure proper placement.
4. Entries will be judged according to Flower Show rules rather than to competitive judging standards.

Commercial growers and florists are excluded from entry both in the Junior and Adult Shows.

Protective measures will be provided for all exhibits, but the Middlesex County Fair
Association, Inc., its Officers or Agents will not be responsible for damage,
breakage or theft. In the interest of safety, please use discretion on the size and weight of exhibit items. Please DO NOT use patio sized (weight) pots.

Special Award:
One Rosette for Most Outstanding Exhibit in this entire Division

View general rules and regulations

Adults 18 years and over

HORTICULTURE RULES

1. Flowers and plants must be grown by exhibitor. Potted plants must have been in
the possession of the exhibitor at least three months.
2. All entries should be in CLEAR GLASS CONTAINERS that are large enough to
support exhibit without props (soda bottle, Mason jar).
3. Entries must have a true set of leaves–no additional branches, foliage, or props
should be used.
4. Length of stems should be relative to the size of bloom.
5. Leaves under water and/or damaged leaves should be removed.
6. Cards provided by the Fair must be attached to each exhibit.
7. Label entry with PROPER NAME (common name and horticulture name).
8. Grooming: Clean containers; remove dead leaves and flowers; do not use flowers
past prime; check for insects.
9. No insect infestation or entry will be removed from display area.

SECTION A – GLADIOLUS (Please include a leaf)

Class 1 – Three spikes, same variety
Class 2 – One spike, any variety or color
Class 3 – Three spikes, miniature variety

SECTION B – ZINNIAS (Please include a leaf)

Class 1 – Giant Hybrid, 5 blooms
Class 2 – Cactus, 5 blooms
Class 3 – Lilliput type, 5 blooms
Class 4 – Any type not listed, 5 blooms

SECTION C – PETUNIAS (Please include leaf)

Class 1 – Ruffled single, up to 7 blooms – one color
Class 2 – Unruffled single, up to 7 blooms – one color
Class 3 – Ruffled double, up to 7 blooms – one color

SECTION D – MARIGOLDS

Class 1 – Small Orange – 10 blooms
Class 2 – Small Yellow – 10 blooms
Class 3 – Large Orange – 5 blooms
Class 4 – Large Yellow – 5 blooms
Class 5 – Any other type – small – 10 blooms
Class 6 – Any other type – large – 5 blooms

SECTION E – ROSES (Label Variety)

Class 1 – Grandiflora – 1 spray
Class 2 – Floribunda – 1 spray or cluster
Class 3 – Peace – 1 bloom; creamy tinge on edge
Class 4 – Any other variety – 1 bloom
Class 5 – Hybrid Tea – 3 blooms, one variety
Class 6 – Miniatures

SECTION F – ANNUALS (Label with name)

Class 1 – Asters – 3 blooms
Class 2 – Celosia – 1 head or stalk
Class 3 – Dahlias – Tuberous – 1 Bloom under 3″
Class 4 – Dahlias – Tuberous – 1 Bloom over 3″
Class 5 – Any other annual not listed – under 3″ to 5″ diameter.
Class 6 – Any other annual not listed – over 5″ diameter.
Class 7 – Sunflowers

SECTION G – PERENNIALS and BIENNIALS (Label with name)

Class 1 – Lilies – 3 blooms, naturally grown
a) Day Lily
b) Asiatic
Class 2 – Hibiscus – 3 blooms, naturally grown
Class 3 – Phlox – 3 blooms, sprays or stalks, naturally grown
Class 4 – Butterfly Bush – 3 blooms, sprays or stalks, naturally grown
Class 5 – Echinacea – purple cone flower – 3 blooms, sprays or stalks, naturally grown
Class 6 – Rudbeckia – black eyed Susan – 3 blooms, sprays or stalks, naturally grown
Class 7 – Hydrangea – 1 bloom with stalk
Class 8 – Any other perennial not listed – 3 blooms, sprays or stalks, naturally grown
Class 9 – Biennials – 3 blooms, sprays or stalks, naturally grown

SECTION H – CONTAINER GROWN PLANT (Label with name)
RULES:

1. ONE PLANT PER POT — Except where noted
2. No Artificial Shine On Foliage
3. No Double Crown On Violets
4. Size Limited To 3 Feet In Any Direction
5. CLEAN CLAY POTS
6. Hanging Planters Acceptable

Class 1 – Cactus
Class 2 – Succulents
Class 3 – Topiary (training & trimming plants into ornamental shape)
Class 4 – Flowering Plant – Poinsettia (must be in bloom)
Class 5 – Flowering Plant – Orchid
Class 6 – Flowering Plant – Any other
Class 7 – Foliage Plant
Class 8 – Foliage Plant – Flowering
Class 9 – Fern
Class 10 – African Violets – Single Blooms
Class 11 – African Violets – Double Blooms
Class 12 – Hanging Baskets

SECTION I – FLOWERING ANNUALS-POTTED (Label with name)

Class 1 – Impatiens
Class 2 – Coleus
a) standard
b) other variety
Class 3 – Geraniums
Class 4 – Begonia
Class 5 – Any other

SECTION J – BONSAI

SECTION K – POTTED ARRANGEMENTS (Accessories allowed.)

Class 1 – Terrarium – more than one plant
Class 2 – Dish Garden – more than one plant

SECTION L – ARTISTIC ARRANGEMENTS (Label With Name)
RULES:

1. No artificial or dyed flowers, fruits or foliage permitted unless specified.
2. Accessories permitted in all classes.
3. Grooming and conditioning. Clean containers; remove dead leaves and flowers; do not use flowers past prime. Impatiens are impractical for arrangements.
4. NO FRESHLY CUT MELONS SHALL BE USED IN ANY ARRANGEMENT DUE TO THEIR RAPID DETERIORATION

Class 1 – In Honor of your Police, Fire and Rescue Depts.
Class 2 – Wildflower and Herb arrangement
Class 3 – Rainbow – arrangement using many colors
Class 4 – Toys – arrangement with children in mind
Class 5 – Garden – arrangement using fresh fruit and/or vegetables
Class 6 – Greens – arrangement using greens and/or foliage
Class 7 – Patio – arrangement for the out-of-doors
Class 8 – Dried – arrangement using dried materials
Class 9 – Celebrate – arrangement for any holiday or celebration, accessories allowed
Class 10A – Miniature Arrangement 5″ and under
Class 10B – Miniature Arrangement over 5″ up to 7″ tall
Class 11 – Imagination – open category. May use accessories
Class 12 – Patriotic – use of red, white and blue flowers in arrangement
Class 13 – Go Green – arrangement using recycled materials as accessories and container

DIVISION 3-A  FLOWER SHOW FOR JUNIORS

Teens: (13 to 17 years old )
Children: (7 to 12 years old )
Pee-Wee: (6 years old & under )

*Please write age group on Entry Form

RULES:
1. Horticulture containers must be clean.
2. Horticulture must be grown by exhibitor and must be in care of exhibitor for three months.
3. No artificial shine on house plants.
4. Design: plant material need not be grown by exhibitor.
5. Accessories are permitted in all classes in Section E.
6. Cards provided by the Fair must be attached to each exhibit.
7. Entries must give age of exhibitor.
8. Only exhibits that conform to the schedule will be judged.

HORTICULTURE

SECTION A – CONTAINER GROWN PLANTS

Class 1 – Best specimen, flowering plant in bloom
Class 2 – Best specimen, non-flowering foliage plant
Class 3 – Best specimen, cactus or succulent
Class 4 – Display a plant you’ve grown from a fruit pit or plant top
Example: citrus tree, pineapple, carrot, avocado, etc.

SECTION B – MARIGOLDS

Class 1 – Best large flowered – over 3″, 1 bloom
Class 2 – Best small flowered, 3 blooms

SECTION C – ZINNIAS

Class 1 – Best large dahlia flowered – over 3″, 1 bloom.
Class 2 – Best any other zinnia – over 3″, 1 bloom, under 3″ – 3 blooms

SECTION D – FLOWER PATCH

Class 1 – Best any other annual – over 3″, 1 bloom
Class 2 – Best any other annual – under 3″, 3 blooms
Class 3 – Best any perennial over 3″, 1 bloom and/or under 3″, 3 blooms
Class 4 – Sunflower Show-offs – heads only

DESIGN

SECTION E – GARDEN DELIGHTS

Class 1 – An arrangement of flowers and herbs
Class 2 – Miniature arrangement – not to exceed 5″ overall
Class 3 – An arrangement in a toy not to exceed 12″ overall
Class 4 – Create a Pet – Pick your favorite vegetable and give it a name, a face, a form, include a card with the name
Class 5 – Holiday Arrangement
Class 6 – Any other artistic arrangement