The time is fast approaching when the annual North Georgia State Fair will be accepting entries for the non-commercial exhibit competitions, which feature flowers, baked goods, canning, and arts and crafts. Area residents are encouraged to enter their masterpieces in categories such as homemade canned goods, photography, painting, woodcarving, basketry, needlework and more in the competition.
“We encourage everyone to enter their flowers, fruits and vegetables this year. Come on out and show off your prized horticulture specimens and win a blue ‘first place’ ribbon. If you are interested in entering a design, check out the schedule and contact the design consultant and entries chair,” said Holly Walquist, chairperson of the flower shows and board member of the Marietta Council of Garden Clubs, Inc. and the Cobb County Fair Association.
Exhibit Hall A on the fairgrounds will be filled with the sights and smells of colorful, fragrant flower displays designed to help you see blooms of the south in a different medium. The categories of competition include roses, dahlias, orchids, cactuses, lilies, irises, begonias, zinnias, marigolds, asters, impatiens, daisies, herbs, shrubs, trees, vines, chrysanthemums, hanging plants, fruit plants and more; as well as design categories.
Instead of a single bloom or plant, the design categories encourage creativity in designing displays with natural and floral ingredients. Vegetable entries are also accepted at both flower shows. Educational exhibits are also welcome. Participants in the single specimen or container categories just need to get their entries in by the proper time.
The competition is open to gardeners of all ages, and children are encouraged to enter. The flower show rules and entry categories are listed on the North Georgia State Fair website at www.northgeorgiastatefair.com.
To visit the North Georgia State Fair, take Interstate 75 North to Exit 260 (Windy Hill Road) and go west. Go approximately five miles until Windy Hill Road dead ends and turn left on Austell Road. Turn right on Callaway Road. Jim R. Miller Park is on the right.
For additional information about non-commercial exhibits, call Marilyn Ellis at (770) 436-8514 or visit www.northgeorgiastatefair.com