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Teachers,

I know the Georgia National Fair in Perry seems like a long way off but it
will actually start in 8 weeks.  Entering projects into the Georgia National
Fair is a great way to meet the SAE part of our standards.  This could also
be a great way for your chapter to win money.  The more items you enter, the
more points you receive.  Top chapter is $500 & plaque and 2nd is $250 &
plaque.   See the Georgia National Fair website for more information.

There is a lot available for your horticulture students at the fair.  An
incentive for your students is this is a great chance for them to win some
individual prize money (all 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ribbons receive money).
Each chapter is eligible to enter
    - 5 Mini Horticulture Booths (no theme) Section chapter winner $100 &
Plaque and Reserve Section winner $50 & Plaque
     - 5 Research Horticulture Booths (no theme) Section chapter winner $100
& Plaque and Reserve Section winner $50 & Plaque
     - 1 Large chapter Horticulture Booth (Theme - Farm to School) Section
chapter winner $300 & Plaque and Reserve Section winner $200 & Plaque
     - 25 Landscape Drawings -  Section chapter winner $40 and Reserve
Section winner $30
     - 5 Live plants - Section chapter winner $40 and Reserve Section winner
$30
     - 10 Silk Flower Arrangements (Theme - Fall Harvest) Section chapter
winner $40 and Reserve Section winner $30

THE GRADING RUBRICS FOR THESE PROJECTS IS ATTACHED! All of the above items
are due on the fair grounds by Monday, October 4th.  All of these exhibits
are shown in Heritage Hall and must be registered on line at the Georgia
National Fair website
http://www.georgianationalfair.com/_fairresults/heritage_hall_programs.htm



Chapters may also enter teams for the ID contests at the fair.  This is
great practice for the area competitions.  The fair also awards prize money
and plaques and ribbons for the Top 2 Teams and Top 10 Individuals.

    Jr and Sr Floriculture and Jr and Sr Nursery/ Landscape will be held on
Saturday, October 9th.  Check in starts at 8:00am and contest starts at 8:30
on the left (North) side of Reeves Arena.  Students get into the fair for
free if they are competing and enter through the North gate.

Floral Design Competition at the Fair will be on Saturday, October 9th with
check in at 10:30 and contest starting at 11:00 in Heritage Hall.  Each
chapter is allowed to enter 2 students and students must bring their own
materials, Cost of the design, including any accessories, must be between
$15 and $25 based on current wholesale products.  Prizes include   Section
winner $100 & Plaque and Reserve Section winner $50 & Plaque

 All of these exhibits and contests must be registered on line at the
Georgia National Fair website
http://www.georgianationalfair.com/_fairresults/heritage_hall_programs.htm

Thanks and let me know if you have any questions!

--
Melissa Riley
Central Region Ag Education
Horticulture Teacher
478-825-6067
cell - 478-973-4071
fax - 478-825-6980
PO Box 4060
1005 State University Drive
Fort Valley, GA 31030
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