Clay County residents are invited to let their creative juices flow as the Clay County Farm Bureau, Inc. Women and Young Farmers sponsor the Flower Show during the Clay County Fair.
Flower arrangements made by Clay County residents and members of Clay County Homemakers Clubs will be received in the Exhibit Hall at the 4-H Fairgrounds between 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 21. Late entries will be exhibited, but not judged. The flower exhibits will be released on Friday, 3-7 p.m.
Exhibitors are allowed only one entry per class, have grown all entries in the cut flower classes and must be their original work.
Planted flowers or foliage should be in containers no larger that 15"x15." Anything larger will be exhibited, but not judged. All containers and accessories are entered at the owner's risk.
Professionals, those individuals with floral design experience through employment at a floral shop or class time, can design up to three arrangements of their choice using any material, including dried, fresh or silk flowers. Arrangements are not to exceed 28 inches.
First, second and third place ribbons and a Best of Show award will be presented in this class.
The Amateur Open Class Show will issue first, second, third and Champion and Grand Champion ribbons in each of the following divisions, including Arrangement, House Plant, Cut Flower Classes and a Junior (children in fourth through sixth grades) and Senior (children in seventh through 12th grades) Division.
The Arrangement Division includes the following categories:
* Holiday, an arrangement using silk, fresh or dried materials with accessories,
* Midnight Madness, an arrangement using all shades of purple, lavender and/or blue fresh-cut flowers,
* Mixed Bouquet, an arrangement using fresh-cut flowers,
* Arrangement in unique container, an arrangement using fresh-cut flowers,
* Tea Cup, an arrangement of fresh cut plant material in a tea cup,
* Sunshine Delight, an arrangement using all shades of yellow and orange fresh-cut flowers.
* Tom Thumb, a miniature arrangement (not higher than 4 inches including container) using fresh cut flowers,
* Three Of A Kind, an arrangement using blossoms of one flower variety in a container with some foliage, and
* Silk & Dried, an arrangement using silk and/or dried material in an arrangement.
House Plant Class Division includes foliage, flowering and herb house plants.
The Cut Flower Class Division includes the display of a single bloom of one flower specimen (with foliage on stem if possible) exhibited in any size beverage bottle. Flowers categories include gladiolas, marigold, rose, zinnia, lily, sunflower, snapdragon and a single category for any other flower.
Participants in both the Junior and Senior Divisions can exhibit any type of cut flower in a beverage bottle. Junior participants can also choose to use a favorite toy while Senior participants are allowed to use a unique container, but neither item can be larger than 8"x8".
Children who enter the flower show will also receive a free ice cream cone.