• Floraculture alive at state fair
    September 14,2013
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    Every year, I am asked how does one enter the flower competition at the Vermont State Fair. The procedure is very simple. A person just has to pick up a fair booklet at the fair main office, or go online at: VermontStateFair.net and follow the instructions.

    The flowers are brought to the Bergstrom Building on the first Friday of the fair, between noon and 7 p.m. Entries are placed in several specific categories, and there is even the opportunity for children under 12 to display their flowers.

    Flowers can also be entered daily, in specific categories, which in addition to awards, provide fresh flowers each day to enjoy. Daily entries provide the opportunity for everyone to use their creativity and lets their neighbors and friends see, not only their flowers and herbs from their home gardens, but also the artistic talents of the competitors.

    Thursday of fair week is Agriculture Eduction Day. Many elementary and middle school kids participate and are given a seed packet when they come to the Bergstrom Building. The hope is that they will plant the seeds either at their home or somewhere on their school grounds.

    Extension master gardeners from all over Rutland County are on hand to answer any questions or to make suggestions. Master gardener Jan Sherman and her loyal crew have been working all summer long in order to beautify all the gardens seen around the fairgrounds. These gardens are on display throughout the fairgrounds and especially just outside the Bergstrom Building, which includes the hillside garden, the raised beds, and especially the lovely waterfall garden built by master gardener Gary Clifford.

    Next door is the compost area. Ron Hebert, master composter, explains how the compost begins with the soil and how it develops into beautiful, rich compost, fit for any type of garden. He is very proud of this excellent display.

    Ron and other master composters are on hand to explain how one can begin and develop their own compost and how it is not only terrific for any garden but that it is also helping the carbon footprint for planet Earth.

    So, besides the exciting rides, animals, and food, there are many excellent activities which help to make up the Vermont State Fair. The master gardeners and composters are looking forward to seeing you at the Vermont State Fair next year.

    ELAINE NORDMEYER

    (Floriculture superintendent,

    Vermont State Fair)

    Hubbardton
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