GEG Meeting Minutes: 16 August 2014
Location: Jefferson County Fairground (August 17-23, 2014)
Presentation: Larry Krum gave an overview on how to enter the fair and ideas for possible entries

The official Jefferson County Fair booklet can be obtained at many locations such as hardware stores, at the fairground office and online at the Jefferson County Fair website. This booklet contains all the detailed information necessary to attend and or enter the fair; a few limited highlights follow:

  • Gate Admission is $5 for ages 16 and up, $3 for ages 6-15, free for ages under 6.
  • Entering your submission is free on the day prior to the fair opening, this year 16 August.
  • Ribbons and cash prizes are awarded as follows: for 1st place: $3, 2nd place: $2, and 3rd place: $1.
  • You must be a resident of Jefferson County to submit an entry.
  • You must have raised the produce yourself.
  • The number of entries varies by the type of vegetable, herb or fruit submitted ex. 3 “pattipan” saucer squashes are required per entry. Please see the fair booklet for specific guidelines.
  • The entries are judged on the first day and remain in place at the fair for the duration of the fair.
  • Once you have officially entered the fair; a postcard will be sent to your address annually thereafter containing your official fair registration number.
  • For herbal entries submit a 1 inch diameter bunch of fresh herbs. Please see the fair booklet for specific guidelines.
    Heidi Ware is the Superintendant of Herb entries.
  • Flower entries should be perfect single stem specimens which will be individually arranged using boxwood props for judging. Other types of vines, fruited branches, potted plants etc. can be submitted for judging also. Please see the fair booklet for specific guidelines.
  • Flower arrangements this year were literature based using books as theme material.
  • Mary Koonce is the director of floral entries and also a National Flower Show judge. She personally raises over 500 different species of daffodils at her home.

Miscellaneous topics of discussion included the use of milky spore and shop vacuums to control Japanese Beetles. Question for the group from Larry, “Does anyone know what garden pestilence might be cutting off tomato plants about 1 inch from the ground, thereby killing the plant but not eating the severed top portion?” This pest was stopped by using chicken wire fencing around the base of the plants.

Wayne Neely, Secretary