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.  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 (any topic area not just Horticulture) Booths (no theme) 

            Section chapter winner $100 & Plaque and Reserve Section winner $50 & Plaque
     - 1 Large chapter Horticulture Booth (Theme - Colorful Container Gardening) 

            Section chapter winner $300 & Plaque & Reserve Section winner $200 & Plaque 
     - 10 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 - There is magic in the fair)

              Section chapter winner $40 and Reserve Section winner $30  


All of the above items are due on the fair grounds by 5:00pm on Friday, September 27th.  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/files/2013/06/2013-FFA.pdf

You must have a password to enter items into the fair.  You can email the fair to get your password or if you have your user name and password from last year, those are still good.

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 ID and Jr and Sr Nursery/ Landscape ID will be held on Tuesday, October 8th.  Both of these events will take place inside the Roquemore Building.   Teams will be assigned competition times once the fair receives your registration.  
The Floral Design Competition at the Fair will be on Tuesday, October 8th.  Check in is at 9:30am and the contest will begin promptly at 10:00am on the east side of the Miller Murphy Howard building.  A 30 minute time limit will be strictly enforced.  Each chapter can enter up to 2 students (designate junior or senior).  Students must bring their own tools and materials and a completed cost sheet.  20% of score will be based on use of theme "There is Magic in the Fair".  Total cost of the design must be between $25 and $35 based on current wholesale products with NO materials listed as free. Juniors and Senior designs will be judged separately. 
All of these exhibits and contests (even ID contests) must be registered on line at the Georgia National Fair website 
Thanks and let me know if you have any questions! 

Thank you,
Melissa Riley 

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