I know the Georgia National Fair in Perry seems like a long way off but it
will actually start in 9 weeks!!   Online registration for FFA youth
exhibits are now open, *all exhibits must be registered online before Sept
20th.  You must have a password to register, the fair will issue these
passwords to you if you do not already have one, to get your password you
must contact the fair at *
[log in to unmask]<[log in to unmask]>
may take over 24 hours to get your password so please don't wait until the
last minute.  *

**Teacher Resources are available at the bottom of this email.
There many opportunities open for your horticulture students at the fair.
An incentive for your students - a great chance for them to win some
individual prize money (all 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ribbons receive
money).  All of the items below are *due on the **fair** grounds by
Saturday, September 29th*.  All of these exhibits are shown in Heritage

> *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 - Ornamental Edibles) 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
>      - *5 Silk Flower Arrangements* (Theme - Family Fun Memories st the
> Fair) Section chapter winner $40 and Reserve Section winner $30  -
> Chapters may also enter teams for the **ID   This is great practice for
> the area Floriculture and Nursery CDEs.  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 *Tuesday, October 9th*.  The contest will be located inside the Roquemore
> Conference Center beside Heritage Hall.  Teams will register for
> competition times between the hours of 10-2.  Students get into
> the fair for free if they are competing that day.  REGISTRATION FOR THESE
> *Floral Design Competition* at the Fair will also be on *Tuesday, October
> 9th* with *check in at 9:30 and contest starting at 10:00* in Heritage
> Hall, the* theme is "* Family Fun Memories st the Fair *"*.  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
>  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.
> *REGISTRATION:* All of these exhibits and contests must be registered on
> line at the Georgia National Fair website.  Except ID contests must be
> registered through a separate email sent from Melissa Riley in the Central
> Region Office.

You can visit the fair website and
select "Youth Educational Exhibits" from the competition icon at the top of
the screen.

*Teacher Resources and Help: *
Dr. Hamlin and I have worked to put together resources for you to use with
your classes to better prepare them for creating these horticulture
exhibits.  By visiting Dr. Hamlin's page on the North Region Portal (click on her picture twice) you will find
videos* and my visiting my page on the central region portal (click on my picture twice) you will find *a
powerpoint on creating Hort Mini-Booth displays and the scoring rubrics as
well as study PowerPoints for ID.  *

Thanks and let me know if you have any questions!
Melissa Riley
Central Region Ag Education
Horticulture Teacher
PO Box 4060
1005 State University Drive
Fort Valley, GA 31030
office - 478-825-6067
  fax - 478-825-6980