FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MONDAY, AUG. 31, 2009
Erv Evans, superintendent
N.C. State Fair Flower and Garden Show
Get tips for entering the N.C. State Fair Flower
and Garden Show at Sept. 19 workshop
RALEIGH – Have you ever thought your flowers look as good as the ones that win ribbons at the N.C. State Fair? Then this could be the year to take the plunge and make plans to enter the State Fair competition.
To help first-time contestants understand the entry and judging process, flower and garden show organizers will hold a workshop Saturday, Sept. 19, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Flower Show Building on the State Fairgrounds.
“The first-time workshop is designed to encourage more people to enter,” said Erv Evans, Flower and Garden Show superintendent. “We have three separate shows during the Fair to ensure visitors see fresh flowers and cuttings, so understanding when entries can be submitted and how they need to be presented is helpful. Following the workshop, anyone who thinks they may be interested in entering the contest will still have time to register by the Oct. 2 competition deadline.”
Pre-registration is required for entering State Fair competitions. An entry form can be found in the back of the State Fair Premium Book, which can be picked up at the Fairgrounds Main Office at Gate 11, or can be accessed online at www.ncstatefair.org/2009/Competitions/Premium.htm.
There are more than 280 competition categories for the flower and garden show alone. The premium book spells out the rules for entries, gives details on judging criteria and provides information on the times and dates to drop off items to be judged.
In 2008, nearly 11,000 people entered a total of 32,348 exhibits in the N.C. State Fair competitions. Of those, 517 entered the Flower and Garden Show – the fifth most popular contest according to number of exhibitors.