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Horticulture & Floriculture

Online Registration Opens June 1, 2020

Categories

Horticulture - Vegetables
Beans
Beets
Broccoli
Cabbage, Green
Cabbage, Red
Carrots, Orange
Carrots, Any Color
Cucumbers, Pickling
Cucumbers, Slicing
Garlic
Kale
Lettuce, Leaf
Romaine Lettuce
Lettuce, Head
Lettuce, Any Other
Green Onions
Any Other Onions
Peppers, Jalapeno
Peppers, Any Other Hot
Bell Peppers, Sweet
Peppers, Any Other Sweet
Potatoes
Spinach
Squash, Zucchini
Squash, Summer
Swiss Chard
Tomatoes
Cherry, Plum or Pear Tomatoes
Tomatoes, Unripe
Eggplant
Any Other Vegetable
Novelty Vegetables
Horticulture - Herbs
Anise
Artemisia
Basil, Large Leaf
Basil, Fine Leaf
Basil, Other
Bee Balm
Borage
Cat Mint
Chamomile
Chives
Cilantro
Coriander
Dill
Fennel
Horehound
Lavender
Lemon Balm
Marjoram
Mint
Oregano
Parsley
Rosemary
Sage
Savory
Scented Geranium
Tarragon
Thyme
Woodruff
Horticulture - Fruits
Apples, Crab
Blackberries
Chokecherries
Raspberries, Black, red or gold
Rhubarb
Sour Cherries
Strawberries
Any Other Fruit







Floriculture - Roses
Hybrid Tea
Floribunda
Grandiflora
Miniature
Climber/Ramler
Fragrant Rose
Any Other Type of Rose
Floriculture - Annuals
Ageratum
Aster
Bachelor's Button
Bells of Ireland
Calendula
Celosia
Cleome
Cosmos
Dianthus
Geranium
Larkspur
Marigold
Nicotiana
Petunia
Rudbeckia
Salvia
Snapdragon
Sunflower
Verbena
Zinnia
Annual Foliage
Native Plants
Plant Select
Any Other Annual
Floriculture - Perennials and Biennials
Achillea
Agastache
Aster
Clematis
Columbine
Campanula
Centranthus
Coreopsis
Daisy
Delphinium
Dianthus
Echinacea
Gaillardia
Hemerocallis (daylily)
Heuchera
Hibiscus (herbaceous)
Liatris
Penstemon
Phlox
Rudbeckia
Salvia
Sweet William
Veronica
Perennial or Biennial Foliage: Any type
Native Plants
Everlastings
Echinops
Eryngium
Gomphrena
Helichrysum
Limonium
Seed Heads
Seed Pods
Xeranthemum
Bulbs, Corms and Tubers
Begonias
Canna
Dahlia
Gladiolus
Lily
Ornamental Grass
Dish Gardens
Succulents

Rules and Information

EXHIBIT PRE-ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

  • Pre-Entry for Horticulture and Floriculture is preferred.
  • An exhibitor may enter an unlimited number of entries by pre-entering by Sunday, July 21, 2019.The entry fee for pre-entered exhibits is $1.00 per exhibit.
  • Each exhibitor may enter (walk-in) up to 10 additional exhibits on the day of Fair Entry.These exhibits are in addition to those that were pre-entered by Sunday, July 21, 2019.Exhibits entered on the day of Fair Entry are $2.00 per entry.
  • Entry form for Horticulture and Floriculture is on pages 42-43.
  • Pre-Entry may be done two ways:
  • Check, copy of invoice and pre-entry forms must be received by Friday, July 19, 2019.
  • No refunds or class substitutions allowed with pre-entry.
  • For help with computer pre-entry, call 303-730-1920 and ask for Jean.Dani may also be able to answer questions.

ONLINE AT ARAPAHOECOUNTY.FAIRENTRY.COM

  • Exhibitors entering online for the first time or exhibitors who did not keep their password from the last fair will need to create their own password/ID.
  • When entering online, fees can be paid either by credit card or check.
  • If not using a credit card, make check payable to “Arapahoe County Extension Fund” for all fees.
  • Print detailed invoice from online system and mail with check to:

CSU Extension – Arapahoe County

6934 S Lima St. - Suite B, Centennial, CO 80112

BY MAIL OR DELIVERY TO:

CSU Extension – Arapahoe County

6934 S Lima St. - Suite B, Centennial, CO 80112

  • When pre-entering by mail make checks payable to “Arapahoe County Extension Fund”, and attach to pre-entry form and mail or deliver to Extension office.
  • Faxed or e-mail pre-entries are not accepted.
  • Mailed or delivered pre-entry forms must be received in the Extension Office, Friday, July 19, 2019 by 4:30 p.m.

EXHIBIT CHECK-IN

  • Exhibitors entering more than ten exhibits must have pre-entered their exhibits.
  • HORTICULTURE exhibits should be delivered on Wednesday, July 24 between 8:00 and 10:00 a.m.
  • FLORICULTURE exhibits should be delivered on Thursday, July 25 between 8:00 and 10:00 a.m.
  • Deliver to: Arapahoe County Fairgrounds
  • A maximum of 10 Horticulture entries may be walked in on Wednesday, July 25.
  • A maximum of 10 Floriculture entries may be walked in on Thursday, July 26.
  • Walk-in entries are welcome.If you have not submitted a pre-entry form, you will need to submit a completed entry form with completed entry tags for each exhibit and $2 fee per exhibit.
  • The entry form is on page 42-43.
  • A complete exhibit description is required on entry form and entry tags.
  • Entries must be complete, tagged, and ready for judging by 10 a.m.
  • Horticulture entries will not be accepted after 10 a.m., July 24.No exceptions.
  • Floriculture entries will not be accepted after 10:00 a.m., July 25.No exceptions.

Exhibition Hall

25690 E. Quincy Ave.Aurora, CO

WALK-IN ENTRIES

HORTICULTURE & FLORICULTURE EXHIBITOR RULES

  • Exhibitors may live in any Colorado county.
  • Youth exhibitors do not have to be enrolled in 4-H.
  • 4-H Youth exhibitors are eligible and encouraged to enter in Open Class as well as 4-H.
  • All exhibits will be shown at owner’s risk. The Arapahoe County Fair management is not responsible for loss or damage to exhibits.
  • Exhibitors must enter in their respective age division.
    • Juniors: Age 18 and under as of Dec. 31, 2018
    • Seniors: Age 19 and up as of Dec. 31, 2018
  • Marijuana is prohibited in any horticulture or floriculture exhibit.
  • Noxious weeds or other illegal plants are prohibited in any horticulture or floriculture exhibit.
  • All entries must have been grown by the exhibitor.
  • Exhibits not conforming to the class description will be disqualified.
  • All Horticulture entries will be displayed in containers/plates that will be provided.
  • All Floriculture entries will be displayed in brown bottles that will be provided.
  • Exhibitors will be allowed only one entry in each class but may enter as many different classes as he/she wishes.See rule 13 for“Any Other Class” exception.
  • In the “Any Other” class, an exhibitor may enter more than one exhibit as long as each exhibit is of a different species, and otherwise conforms to the specific rules of that class.
  • Items not identified on the entry list are ineligible for judging.
  • Only one exhibitor per entry form.
  • Entering exhibits in the proper class is the exhibitor’s responsibility.
  • All Horticulture and Floriculture species and varieties must be correctly identified on entry form and entry tags.Latin names are not required.
  • Hail damage should be noted on the entry form and entry tag.
  • Touching or moving of entries by exhibitors after submission is strictly prohibited and is grounds for disqualification.

WHY ARE NOXIOUS WEEDS PROHIBITED AS FAIR ENTRIES?

The Colorado Noxious Weed Act identifies a list of injurious weeds for eradication, containment and control.Noxious weeds are commonly spread by humans, animals, water, and wind.Help protect our natural habitats, ecosystems, humans, livestock and crops from harmful weeds by not purposefully spreading noxious weed seeds.For more information on noxious weeds, see Https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/agconservation/noxious-weed-species.

HORTICULTURE PREPARATION INSTRUCTIONS

  • The Fruit, Herb and Vegetable classes will be judged on freshness, uniformity, flavor, color, texture/firmness and maturity as applicable.Individual exhibits must consist of all the same variety of fruit, herb or vegetable.For all classes follow rules and instructions for specifics:Number needed, height, weight, diameter, or length limits; trimmed or not; peeled; husked; with or without stems.For a more appealing display, prepare exhibit as you would want to buy them: clean and free of foreign matter.
  • Herb stem length should be appropriate to herb variety (about 6-12"), except as noted. Herb foliage with or without flower according to conventional use.
  • Fruit should have soil removed without scrubbing, polishing or otherwise removing the natural “bloom”.
  • Note any hail damage on entry form and entry tag.
  • See additional rules in each division.

FLORICULTURE PREPARATION INSTRUCTIONS

  • Follow rules of presentation for requirements such as ‘spray’ vs. ‘stem’.
    • Spray: A multiple-branched specimen with at least two open blooms and with or without buds.
    • Stem: A single-branched specimen with a single bloom and no other buds.
  • Note any hail damage on entry form and entry tag.
  • See additional rules in each division.

EXHIBIT JUDGING

Horticulture judging will begin at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 24.

Floriculture judging will begin at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, July 25.

Judging is open to the public. Interaction with the judges is not allowed.

EXHIBIT RELEASE

  • All exhibits must remain on display until release time at 6:00 p.m., Sunday, July 28, 2019.Exhibitors will receive a release ticket at entry check in granting them limited access to the Fairgrounds to pick up their entry at 6 p.m.
  • Exhibitor premiums will be forfeited if exhibit is taken off display prior to 6:00 p.m., Sunday July 28, 2019.
  • Exhibits not picked up by 7 p.m. will be disposed of by the Fair management.

AWARDS

  • The decision of the judges is final. Judges choose one first, one second and one third place in each class. However, judges reserve the option to withhold ribbons and awards in a class where there is no deserving entry.
  • Classes may be combined, divided, exhibits moved to the appropriate class, or not entered at the discretion of the superintendents and/or the judge in all Divisions.
  • In classes with less than three entries, the award will be based on merit. If an entry does not warrant an award/premium, the judge will not give it one.
  • Overall Sweepstakes Ribbons: There will be an Overall Sweepstake ribbon for the Junior and Senior winners in the Open Class Horticulture and Floriculture Divisions.This award is based on the number of blue ribbons received by an exhibitor in the Horticulture Division.Additional ribbons will be calculated to break any ties.
  • Novelty Vegetable Classes do not count toward Sweepstakes Award.
  • Best of Show Ribbons:There will be a Junior and a Senior Best of Show ribbon in the Horticulture Division.This award is based on the best Junior and best Senior blue ribbon entry in the Horticulture Division and is chosen by the judges in the Horticulture Division.
  • Premiums in all Open Class Classes are:
  • Premium payments will be mailed to all exhibitors receiving blue, red and white ribbons.
  • Premium checks must be cashed by December 31, 2019 and will not be re-issued if not cashed by this date

1st Place - Blue Ribbon$3

2nd Place - Red Ribbon$2

3rd Place - White Ribbon$1

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