The Extension Master Gardeners of Buncombe County will again be the sponsors of the NC Mountain State Fair Flower and Garden Show in the Expo Building and will have their Educational Exhibit on display the entire 10 days of the Fair. Master Gardeners will staff the “Ask a Master Gardener” information table, answer gardening questions, explain the educational project they have created, and answer questions about the Master Gardener Program. This year’s flower shows are dedicated to “Youth Gardening”. The educational exhibit will focus on the EMG’s efforts to reach out to children through school gardens and community gardens, etc.
There are two flower shows during the fair. The first show is a Standard Flower Show. The second show is a NC Mountain fair show. These shows are identical, except for the design/arrangement. This category has different themes, for each show. The judges are different, not the show. Cooperating organizations for the Standard Flower Show are the District 1 Garden Club of North Carolina, Inc. and the National Garden Club, South Atlantic Region.
The CAROLINAS Dahlia Society and the Blue Ridge Rose Society will return this year with their beautiful flowers and educational displays. Some will staff their displays different days of the week.
Flower Entry day for the 1st show will be Wednesday, September 4 before opening day of the Fair. First show judging is on Thursday, Sept 5, 2011. Flower entry day for the 2nd show will be September 10, with judging on the 11th. Total premiums offered by the Mountain State Fair for all divisions in both shows add up to $14,200.
We invite you to enter your horticulture and flower designs. For those who have never entered before, we will be there to help you, every step of the way.