I know the school year is just beginning for most of you but it is time to start planning for the Georgia National Fair in Perry. 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.
Each chapter is eligible to enter:
- 5 Mini Horticulture Booths (no theme)Click Here for a FREE HORT-BOOTH HOW TO POWERPOINT- 5 Agriscience Research Booths (any topic area not just Horticulture) Booths (no theme)
- 1 Large chapter Horticulture Booth (Theme - Going Native! Georgia Native Landscapes)
- 10 Landscape Drawings - hand drawn or computer generated
- 5 Live plants
- 5 Silk Flower Arrangements
Horticulture exhibits are pages 24-34
Floriculture & Nursery/ Landscape ID Contests
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. Students competing in the ID contests will have 30 mins to identify 25 plants and 5-10 tie breakers. The 25 plants will come directly from the GA FFA Contest ID list. The tie-breakers will be equipment (Jr & Sr), disorders (Jr & Sr), and plants that also come directly from that event's identification list.
New Fair Rule:
Each school may enter up to 10 students in Floriculture and 10 students in Nursery Landscape, for a total of up to 20 students per school. All participants will be considered for individual awards. Example: A single school may enter 10 floriculture students, 2 entries may be junior division and 8 senior division OR 5 entries may be junior division and 5 may be senior division, OR 10 juniors division only OR 10 senior division only .
Jr and Sr Floriculture ID and Jr and Sr Nursery/ Landscape ID will be held on Tuesday, October 8th. All ID events will take place inside theBEEF & DAIRY ARENA.
Teams will be assigned competition times once the fair receives your registration. You will receive a separate email from me after registration closes regarding your assigned time. Competition times range from 10:00am - 2:00pm.
Floral Design Competition
The Floral Design Competition at the Fair will be on Tuesday, October 8th. Check in is at 9:00am and the contest will begin promptly at 9:30am inside of the Miller Murphy Howard building. A 30 minute time limit will be strictly enforced, judging will take place at 10:00AM. Each chapter can enter up to 2 students in each division. Students must bring their own tools and materials and a completed cost sheet. 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. More information will be sent out separately from Trisha Lastly
Theme for Floral Design Competition: "GOING NATIVE! GEORGIA NATIVE LANDSCAPES"
Registration & Password
All of the above items must be registeredONLINEthrough the Georgia National Fair by Wednesday, September 18th
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.
Registering ID Teams
THESE ARE INDIVIDUAL EVENTS AND MUST BE ENTERED IN THE INDIVIDUAL'S NAME (ex. Bobby Smith). EACH STUDENT MUST BE REGISTERED INDIVIDUALLY.
Thanks and let me know if you have any questions!
Thank you,Melissa Riley--Melissa Riley
Central Region Ag Education
1005 State University Drive, Box 4060
Fort Valley, GA 31030office - 478-825-6067
cell - 478-973-4071