(7/21) Please note the fair opens this year at 4 pm on Tuesday, August 1. There will be a lot going on at the South Mountain Fair with fun for all ages. At the Fair, you could receive ribbons and even prize money for your winning entries of specimen cut flowers, potted plants and floral arrangements as well as home grown vegetables, baked goods, canned fruits, jellies
and jams, needlework, clothing, quilts, crafts and photography. Many departments have separate youth and adult divisions.
The South Mountain Fair also features 4-H exhibits and 4-H and FFA judging and livestock sales. Other events at the Fair include a Horse Pulling contest, a parade of Antique Farm Equipment, a Draft Horse pulling contest, and Fireworks on Thursday. Exact times for all events are in the premium book and the on-line web site, SouthMountainFair.com.
Everyone is urged to consider entering the fair. Right now especially is the proper time to plan for entering your floral and vegetable entries. In planning ahead for Department 17, horticulture and floral entries, keep in mind there are special entry requirements for potted plants, cut branches, specimen cut flowers, and floral arrangements.
Potted plants, for example, must be exhibited in containers in which the exhibitor has grown them for three months and those pots cannot exceed 10" in diameter. In the specimen cut flower classes, exhibitors must grow all of their own entries. Refer to the premium book for specific details on entering each
class as requirements vary by floral species. The premium book is available in paper form at the Adams County Extension Office, local fruit stands and markets, and on-line at the website Southmountainfair.com.
When entering flowers, uniformity of height, color and size are important. A zinnia entry, for example, must be six flowers of the same height, size, and same color. Flowers should be gathered in the morning or in the evening, not during the heat of the day. Pick several of each planned entry so the best can be selected upon arrival at the Fair. Remove any leaves which
would be under water when displayed; however, some leaves must remain above the water line for judging. Specimens having no leaves lose judging points.
Those entering artistic floral arrangements should be aware that each of these classes has specific size and type of flower requirements (purchased flowers may be used only in the floral arrangement classes). Newer container classes are Fairy Gardens, Dish Gardens and Terrariums. Entry registration is Sunday, July 30 from 2-4 pm and Monday, July 31, from 4-8 pm.
Judging is Tuesday morning, August 1. The Fair opens at 4 pm that afternoon.
Plan now to enter the Fair. Be sure to attend to see all of the exhibits and experience the fun of the South Mountain Fair.