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Flower show proves successful

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Peggy Berry and Ann Hummel watch as judge Laura Kramer writes down the winner in the mixed flowers category during the Flower Arrangement Competition at the Clay County 4-H Fair on Tuesday.
The Clay County Farm Bureau Open Class Flower Show at the Clay County 4-H Fair brought out the green-thumb in many residents, members of 4-H and professionals included.

The show is open to all residents of Clay County and any member of the Homemakers groups. The show had more than 100 entries this year. A sample of categories represented this year included children, adults, arrangements, single cut, house plant, unique containers, and the delicate tea cup which can't be more than 4-inches high. They also have a professional category where contestants who have worked as a florist or taken professional arranging classes can compete.

Chairman Ann Hummel was overseeing her last show. She retires after more than 20 years of service.

"I'm not going to be in charge anymore," Hummel said. "I'll probably help out though, old habits are hard to break, and I'd miss it."

Taking her place is Peggy Berry who is looking forward to the challenge.

"This is just a fun thing to do, and no one can deny how beautiful these flowers are," Berry said.

Children are encouraged to enter, and given a delicious incentive, a free ice cream cone.

"The different ways people put their arrangements together is amazing," Hummel said. "We have one lady who dries flowers and then spray paints them. She makes beautiful wreaths."

Laura Kramer, floral judge, has had 20 years of judging under her belt and does things a bit differently than most judges.

"I take longer to do my judging because each entry gets a hand-written note with compliments, and if needed, constructive criticism," Kramer said. "I try to encourage and educate the contestants so that next year, they'll really be ready for the competition."

Kramer had plenty to judge this year, and said that she tries to keep personal preferences out of the judging process.

"I'm drawn to certain colors just like everyone is," Kramer said. "That's why I concentrate more on the balance and composition of the arrangements. I try to be very impartial."

Christa Hofmann, Mary Lou Dietz, Mary Lois Yegerlehner, Shelly Hyatt, Joyce Tiefel, Thelma Tiefel and Lynn Brough all helped Hummel and Berry make this year's competition a success.

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