FARMINGTON — There might be prize-winning fruit, vegetables or flowers in your garden right now.
The Davis County Fair welcomes produce and flower submissions from local gardeners of all ages for their horticulture and floriculture exhibits, which will be on display at the Legacy Events Center Aug. 17-20. There is no fee to submit produce or flowers for prize consideration, and submissions are welcome from gardeners of all ages.
“Anyone can submit produce or flowers to the county fair, and I don’t think a lot of people know that,” said USU Horticulture Extension Agent Britney Hunter, who is involved with the event. “If they’re growing a garden, and have some big, nice tomatoes or berries they wanted to show off, they can submit them.”
Residents can also submit cut flowers for fair competitions, either single stems (their term for a single flower) or a full artistic arrangement.
“They’re separate categories,” said Hunter. “People can submit one of each if they want.”
Though residents have to limit themselves to one entry within each class – roses and dahlia are different classes, for example, as are grapes and berries – they can submit up to five entries in the floriculture competition and up to 15 entries in the horticulture competition.
“It doesn’t have to be gigantic or super weird or anything,” she said. “It can just be a really nice onion.”
All entries will be judged, and prizewinners will be marked in the display. Blue ribbon winners get a $2 premium, red ribbon winners get a $1 premium, and the Best in Show winner gets both $25 and a ribbon.
“That’s kind of fun,” she said.
Residents can bring in their fruits, vegetables or flowers to the fair on Aug. 16 from 6-8 p.m., or on Aug. 17 from 8-10 a.m. All submissions should be brought to the third exhibit building, the one located farthest south and closest to the pavilion often used for the petting zoo.
“We’ll have people there to help everyone with their entries,” said Hunter.
All flower entries must be correctly named and labeled, with the naming evaluated as part of the judging process. Produce entries require a certain amount of each fruit or vegetable to count as one entry. All vegetables should be cleaned but not polished, and all produce should be tagged with exhibitor name, address, and the variety of fruit or vegetable.
“There are special instructions for how many to submit (of each fruit or vegetable),” she said. “They’ll ask for three carrots, for example. They’ll display them together on a plate.”
Submissions that are not picked up after the competition will be discarded. Prize winners can receive their cash premiums when they pick up their produce or flower after the fair ends.
For a complete list of guidelines and requirements per category, visit daviscountyutah.gov/fair and click on the “Entries & Exhibits” link under the “Compete at the Fair” link at the top of the page. The site will redirect you to a new page, where all information for both categories is listed under the “Horticulture and “Floriculture” link.
For questions or more information, call Staci Stone at 801-451-3411.
“We have some of the most talented gardeners in Davis County,” said Hunter. “We’d love to see them show off.”