Fair brings out competitors | Agriculture
While showing livestock can be a big part of the fair experience, the St. Francis County Fair is about more than animals. This year’s fair is from Wednesday to Sunday.
Exhibits for horticulture, including field crops, home economics and floriculture are accepted on Wednesdays – the day which is the real kick-off day for fair week – at the exhibition building from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. No advance entry fee required and no exit. state entries will be accepted. One person may submit one entry per class.
Exhibits must be removed Sunday by 11 a.m. and cannot be removed before 8 a.m. Sunday, unless by prior arrangement. Entries left at 11 a.m. on Sunday are not the responsibility of the fair association and cannot be returned.
Where applicable, exhibitors in the youth division must be between the ages of 7 and 13, while exhibitors in the tot division must be between the ages of 3 and 6. Both divisions are not eligible to compete in Department J – Junior Show.
Under horticulture, broad categories include vegetables, including beans, green beans, carrots, okra, and other vegetables. Fruit is also included in horticulture, including all-allowed red, yellow, and green apples, peaches, pears, plums, and other fruits.
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Field crops also fall under the horticulture section and include the categories of hybrid corn, grains and seeds, plants, and baled hay. In the grain and seed category, all grain and seed must be in a liter pot, while baled hay must be half a bale of the current year’s hay.
In the homeschooling section, there are many categories of participation. All good canned entrees must follow University of Missouri Extension guidelines, and all canned foods must be displayed in standard containers bearing Mason’s names plus trade name.
Categories in this section include canned fruits and vegetables, preserves, butter, marmalade, jam, jellies, pickles and other preserves, bread, cakes, cookies, pastry, candies, crafts, Christmas ideas, art, oils, charcoals, crayons or pastels, acrylics, ink in art, tiles, ceramics or plaster, embroidery, painted embroidery, crewel embroidery, applique, tapestry, counted cross stitch, cross stitch, crochet, knitting, apron, textile paint other than wall hanging, doily and potholders, quilt blankets, afghans, baby clothes, children’s clothes, women’s clothes, men’s clothes, outdoor photography current year and wood.
Categories for floriculture include cut specimens, potted plants, and indoor plants, including pots, hangers or dishes, flower arrangements, and garden art.
With floriculture, under the category of cut specimens, all specimens must be grown in the garden by the exhibitor, must include foliage where possible, and be a single stem unless otherwise advised. All exhibits under the cut specimen group must be well maintained, free of insects, and no oiling or dressing of foliage is permitted. All exhibits must be in clear jars or bottles in proper proportion to the size of the specimen, and absolutely no colored cans and bottles or jars are permitted.
Under the category of containers and indoor plants, this category includes all potted, hanging or flat plants. All containers must be clean and be decorated and potted by the exhibitor. Plants must be well established and cared for by the exhibitor for 90 days or more before entering the exhibit. Judging will be on the abundance of flowers at their peak, foliage, clarity of color, size and shape of plants based on variety, grooming and cultural perfection.
In the context of arrangements, all arrangements must be made by the exhibitor. Fresh flowers must come from the garden, but do not have to be grown by the exhibitor. This includes an arrangement of fresh flowers, silk flowers, fresh or dried miniature flowers and cannot exceed five inches in any direction.
All garden art entries must relate to the garden and include stepping stones, wind chimes, photographs, ceramics and the like.
The Homeschooled Youth Division is for youth under the age of 13 who cannot participate in shows in 4-H or Future Farmers of America, and will be judged under the Danish system in which everyone will receive a ribbon.
In the floriculture section, there are two sections for children under 16, one for youngsters from seven to 15 years old and one for toddlers from 3 to 6 years old. The youth and toddler sections will be judged by the Danish system.
If you have any questions, contact President Faye Worley, 573-756-2951.
Danielle Thurman is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at [email protected] or 573-518-3616.