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DEPARTMENT ‘A’ AGRICULTURE
520-455-4699 • firstname.lastname@example.org
PROCEDURES FOR ENTERING EXHIBITS
Entry forms are available online by clicking on the ENTRY FORMS link or at the fairgrounds office, Entry forms will also be available on Tuesday, September 17 in Pioneer Hall. We encourage you to submit your entry forms early, or you may submit them when you bring your entries to Pioneer Hall or to one of our entry collecting sites in Rio Rico and Nogales.
Use a separate entry form for each department in which you choose to enter. For example, if you are entering a jar of jam, fill out an entry form for Department D “Culinary Arts”. If you are also entering a photograph, you would fill out a separate form for Department G “Photography”.
GENERAL RULES & REGULATIONS
1. Competition is limited to Santa Cruz County and the area lying geographically and historically adjacent.
2. Every entry shall be entered in the name of the producer or the owner or his/her agent.
3. Entry tags will be furnished for each animal or article exhibited. These will be properly filled out and attached to the exhibit.
4. All exhibits and entries shall be under the complete control of the Fair Management Board and cannot be removed from the grounds before 4:00pm September 22, 2019, or by appointment.
6. Ribbons will be awarded according to judging records. NO EXCEPTIONS.
7. THE FAIR MANAGEMENT BOARD WILL TAKE EVERY PRECAUTION TO INSURE CARE AND PROTECTION OF EXHIBITS, BUT WILL ACCEPT NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR LOSSES OR DAMAGE TO ANY EXHIBIT OR PERSON.
8. All exhibits must be prepared to conform to the special regulations of the department in which exhibited. Any EXHIBIT found offensive in any way will not be displayed or judged.
9. In the event of a dispute, the decision of the Fair Management Board will be final.
10. Commercial organizations and others exhibiting articles not for competition must make arrangements for available space (call 520-455-5553).
11. Exhibitors will be responsible for transportation of exhibits to and from the Fair or to or from designated pick-up points in Nogales and Rio Rico.
12. All classes have Children’s, Junior, Developmentally Disabled, and Visually Impaired Categories that will be identified in the sub-class column on the entry form (unless otherwise noted in department). Children “CH”: age 6-13: Junior “JR”: age 14-18: Developmentally Disabled “DD”: Visually Impaired “VI”. Age must be on entry form. Exhibitor must stay in age group and cannot exhibit in any other section.
13. Articles previously entered in the Santa Cruz County Fair or any other county fair may be entered & marked for display only but are not eligible for competition.
14. Fair Management is not responsible for any awards offered by private individuals or businesses.
15. The Fair Management Board has the right to reject any exhibit.
16. Animals showing disease or infestation (open or 4-H/FFA) will not be allowed to exhibit. Animals that are deemed uncontrollable or a safety hazard must be removed from the grounds upon owner/exhibitor receiving notice.
DEPARTMENT ‘A’ - AGRICULTURE
SPECIAL RULES—READ CAREFULLY
1. Any exhibitor who has entries in the agriculture department must have grown any and all articles entered.
2. Entries must be prepared according to show specifications and be worthy of exhibit, clean and properly listed.
3. An exhibitor can make more than one entry per Division if the entries are of different varieties. Know your variety if entering more than one! Be sure that the “variety” is written on entry form.
4. EGGS TO BE ENTERED ON TUESDAY WITH ALL OTHER OPEN ENTRIES!
5. Eggs will be judged on uniformity of weight, shape, color and shell texture. One egg in each entry may be broken at the discretion of the judges.
6. This Department is not eligible for State Fair Outreach Program. EXCEPTION – PUMPKINS
Judging in Dept A (Agriculture) will be based on the American System of judging. For each variety a blue ribbon will be awarded for the best entry, a red ribbon will be given to second best etc. If no entry is deemed to be “blue ribbon quality” the judge may elect not to award one. Special awards may be given to outstanding entries. Junior, Organic, Junior Organic and Professional entries will be judged with others in the same group not general entries. (For example an organic zucchini will be judged only with other organic zucchinis.)
Best of Show Awards, if merited, may be given in the following categories:
Organic (O), Home Gardener (HG), Professional (P) Junior (J). Please indicate your classification in the ‘Sub-Class’ column on your entry form.
DIVISION A - ARTISTIC DISPLAYS
Artistic display of at least 6 different varieties of vegetables and/or fruits grown by one exhibitor.
DIVISION B - CONTAINER GARDENING
Flowers to be entered in floriculture, Dept F. Entry must be one gallon size or larger with no
size limit but MUST be portable. Must be grown by EXHIBITOR.
DIVISION C - FRUITS
All fruits must have short stems if possible. Quantity of items to be entered for judging is
noted after the fruit name.
001 – Apples (5)
002 - Berries (1/2 pint)
003 – Figs 5)
004 - Grapes (1 Bunch)
005 - Ju Ju Bees (5)
006 - Nectarines (3)
007 - Melons: (1)
008 – Peaches (3)
009 - Pears (5)
010 - Pineapple Guava (5)
011 – Pomegranates (3)
012 – Quince (3)
013 - Rhubarb (5)
014 - Strawberries (1/2 Pint)
015 - Watermelons: (1)
016 – Heaviest Watermelon
017 – Any Other Fruit
DIVISION D - NUTS
Plate of 10
DIVISION E – HERBS
018 - Fresh Herbs & Spices, 1 Pot, Any Size
019 - Fresh Herbs & Spices, 1 Bunch –In Jar of Water
020 – Dried Herbs & Spices, ½ Cup in Jar
021 – Dried Herbs & Spices, 1 bunch
DIVISION F – VEGETABLES
Quantity of items to be entered for judging is
noted after the vegetable name.
022 - Beans, Fresh (8)
023 - Beans, Dried (1 Pint)
024 - Beets: (3 To Bunch)
025 - Broccoli (1 Bunch)
026 - Brussels Sprouts (8)
027- Cabbage: (1 Head)
028 - Carrots: (5 To Bunch)
029 - Cauliflower (1)
030 - Corn - Sweet: (3 Ears In Husk)
031 - Corn - Dry (3 Ears)
032 - Cucumbers (3)
033 – Eggplant, large (1)
034 – Eggplant, small (3)
035 - Garlic (5 – No Tops)
036 - Garlic Braid (1 Braid)
037 - Jerusalem Artichokes (3)
038 - Leafy Greens– Lettuce, Kale, Chard,
Spinach, Mustard Greens, Etc: 1 Head Or
Bunch In A Jar With Water
039 - Leeks (5)
040 - Okra (5)
041 – Onions (5)
042 - Parsnips (5)
043 - Peas, Green (8 Pods)
044 - Peas, Dried (One Pint)
045 - Peppers (Strung):(Must Be
One (1) 2 Ft. String Or More
With Chili Closely Strung
046 - Peppers, Fresh (5)
047 - Peppers: Dry (1 Pint)
048 - Potatoes (5 To Plate)
Pumpkins May Be Entered For State Fair
049 – Pumpkins, Any Variety (1, Must Have Stem)
050 – Pumpkins, Miniature (3)
051 – Pumpkins, Heaviest (1)
052 - Radishes: 10 To Bunch, With Tops
053 - Spinach – See ‘Leafy Greens’
054 – Squash, Summer (Must Have Stem – 1 Large Or 3 Small)
055 – Squash, Winter (Must Have Stem – 1 Large Or 3 Small)
056 - Squash, Heaviest (1)
057 - Sunflower (1 Head)
058 - Sunflower Seeds (1 Pint)
059 - Sweet Potatoes: (3 To Plate)
060 - Tomatoes (8 Small Or 4 Large)
061 - Turnips & Rutabagas: (3)
062 – Any Other Vegetable
DIVISION G - GOURDS
063 - Gourds – Small (5)
064 - Gourds - Large (1)
065 - String of Different Gourds
066 - Heaviest Gourd
DIVISION H - MOST UNUSUAL
Freak or crossbred - Agriculture or Horticulture
Product grown in any past season
067 - Fruit
068 - Vegetable
DIVISION I – EGGS (1 dozen in carton)