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Flowers & Plants - Department L

(Amateur Only)

Rules & Regulations, Etc.

Exhibitor tickets must be purchased at the time entries are made. If not purchased, exhibitor will have to pay a gate fee on Sunday to come in and pick up your check and your entries, otherwise the building will be opened by the secretary on Monday, August 14th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ONLY

Flowers and plants to be grown by exhibitor or collected in the wild. NO STORE BOUGHT CUT FLOWERS ALLOWED.


Judged 75% for perfection of bloom and 25% for arrangement and suitability of container.

Exhibitor must furnish proper containers; containers for all materials must hold water. No double entries will be allowed.  Diseased or inferior plants and flowers cannot qualify for premiums. 

Exhibitor and/or Superintendent may replace or remove any wilted stems after judging. Exhibitor will water his or her flowers.

We are not responsible for Broken or Damaged Vases or Containers. Points Award 

Important Information

JERRY PAULSON Superintendent 815-222-4414,

JIM HARNED, Superintendent 815-975-2426)


Entries For Flowers Must Be Postmarked Before Midnight, Saturday, July 29th.

Entries can be made in person and will be taken in the Administration Bldg. on the fairgrounds which will be open on Saturday July 29th 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ONLY

Entry Fee: $.50 cents Per Entry – Only one per premium number.

Administration Fee $1.00 Per Exhibitor, if entered in more than 1 Home Ec. Dept. will only be charged $1.00 Total

Entries Will Be Judged Tuesday.  

Judges decisions are final.

Premiums Offered – $1,406.00

Flowers and plants must be brought in on Sunday, August 6th from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. or Monday August 7th from 1:00 to 7:30 p.m.


Premium checks and Entries to be picked up on Sunday, starting 3:00pm until 6:00 p.m for both checks and exhibits.


  • Entries must meet the requirements to be considered for premiums, (i.e. number of blooms or stems, type or size of flower). All entries are judged on overall presentation, quality of specimens and arrangement technique.

  • Choose a container to best fit your entry. All entries of cut flowers and leaves need a clear, freestanding container that can hold water.

  • All entries should be free of dirt and bugs. Damaged leaves, blooms, and buds should be removed.

  • Cut flowers and foliage should be conditioned by cutting the night before and placing in water overnight.

  • No leaves should be below the container rim. Remove all leaves below the water line. Stems should reach below the waterline. Use wedging to raise flower specimen up out of vase if needed.

  • Include name of species on entry tag if not already listed.

  • Generally, one third of the florets on a flower spike, like gladiola, should be open, one third show color, and one third should still be green.

  • Flowers should be at their ideal stage of development. Flowers and foliage should be firm or crisp, with no evidence of wilting, curling, or fading.

  • An arrangement should be artistic design of fresh-cut or dried materials arranged in an appropriate container. Foliage is permitted. Accessories are permitted in specific arrange- ments only. Foliage and flowers in an arrangement should be arranged so NO foam, wiring, taping or other materials used to hold stems is visible. The arrangement’s backside should be finished with foliage.

  • Potted plants should be free of insects and include containers to catch drainage water.

Entry Form

Step 1: Download Application Form file below

Step 2: Save File, Enter Data and Save File. 

Step 3: Print File

Step 4: Mail to address on Form with Checks payable to: Boone County Fair Association 

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