CENTERBURG — Plans for the 2017 Horticulture Show at the Centerburg Oldtime Farming Festival are complete and ready for exhibitors to soon bring in their special prize winning entries. Registration takes place in the Horticulture area at Centerburg Memorial Park on Friday evening, Sept. 15, from 5-8 p.m., and Saturday morning, Sept. 16, from 8 a.m. to noon.
Unlike the county fairs, this Horticulture Show, with the theme “Show Off Your Best,” is open to the world and has no entry fee or prior registration. This is appealing to not only Centerburg folks but to many people living in the surrounding communities. Adults and juniors (includes high school age and younger) can enter any of the 36 classes and are permitted two entries per exhibitor per class.
The show is unique in that plants and vegetables are judged to determine the heaviest, longest, and tallest. The following are judged according to weight: Pumpkins, squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, potatoes, cabbage, turnips, beets, peppers, sweet potatoes, onions, and gourds. Measurements for length are carrots, beans, gourds, and field corn. To add some fun to the entries, thistles and ragweed will be measured. Sunflowers, zinnias, marigolds, and dahlias are measured across the diameter to determine the biggest heads. Soybeans are counted to see how many pods are on one plant and sunflowers are counted to see the number of heads or buds found on a single multi-head sunflower plant. A miscellaneous class is included for any other plant not listed.
Local dignitaries chose their favorite from the following special classes: Painted Dried Gourd — Grand Marshal Award chosen by the Festival Grand Marshal, Creative Garden Art — Mayor’s Award is selected by the Centerburg mayor, Harvest Basket Arrangement — President’s Award chosen by the Oldtime Farming Festival President, Patriotic Display — Veteran’s Award awarded by a local veteran, and Favorite Miscellaneous — Judges Award picked by the festival judges. The Cordle Memorial Award is chosen from any of the above categories by the Cordle family in memory of their father, Harold “Butch” Cordle.
First, second and third place ribbons are awarded in each division and class. Each first place blue ribbon winner will receive a special wooden plaque on stage during the Awards Presentation Program at the close of the Festival on Sunday evening at 5 p.m.
Questions may be directed to Wally Thomen at 740-625-5141 or Jane Buxton at 740-625-5397.