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CROPS

2017 Department A

FAIRGROUNDS ENTRY ONLY – Farm Exhibits

1st entry: Wednesday, August 23, noon – 9:00 PM
2nd entry: Wednesday, August 30, noon – 9:00 PM

The Crops Department will be closing at 6:00 pm Tuesday, August 29 for First Entry removal. It will remain closed to the fairgoers all day, Wednesday, August 30 and will reopen to the general public at noon on Thursday, August 31.

Note: First Entry ribbons may be claimed during Second Entry intake, until the close of Fair, in the Crops Department. Second Entry ribbons may be claimed 2pm–8pm in Hoskins on September 5 and/or 10am-4pm in Hoskins on September 9.
Free Second Entry parking vouchers will be available at First Entry.

Entries without entrant contact/mailing information will be automatically disqualified and not judged.
Enter only once per class and conform to instructions. All entries must be grown by exhibitor unless otherwise noted. Refer to “Judging Criteria” and “Definitions” for guidelines. Judging is on market quality. All entries, except Division 1 Herbal Window Box, Divisions 14 and 15, 20 and Giant Pumpkins become the Fair’s property. All produce is donated to various Community Services and Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.

Judging Criteria:

Division 01-09, 11-15: Quality, clean, undamaged, uniformity, size, trueness to type and color.

Regular Premiums:

1st $7.00
2nd $5.00
3rd $3.00

Special Premiums:

Division 10 Class 05 or 06 (over 50 lbs.) and Division 14, 15 and 19 only
1st $80.00
2nd $40.00
3rd $25.00

Definitions:

Bunch: Tied market bunch, 1”-2” in diameter for radishes, beet, endive, mustard, spinach and turnip greens. Tied market bunch, 2”-5” for broccoli, chard, collard greens and kale.
Topped: Removed evenly to within ½”.
Trimmed: Roots and/or stems pared and cut to reasonable length.
Cleaned: No visible soil on leaves, stems or roots.
Wrapper leaves: Leaves closest to head with a curled edge.
With Stems: Neatly trimmed to 1”, unless stated otherwise.

All divisions are open to ages 6 and above. Age consideration for Juniors (ages 6 to 17) is given only in Divisions 03, 04, 05, 11, 13,15, 16, 17, and 18. Potato Parade open to ages 5 and under only. Junior age must be stated on entry form. For Commercial Grower consideration in Divisions 13 and 14, indicate sub-category C and farm name on the entry form.

DIVISION 01: HERBS

Display in bunches of ½” diameter base and up to 20” tall (fennel and dill to 30”). Herbs are judged on market quality, fragrance, correct variety names and the criteria listed above.

Class:

01 Applemint
02 Basil
03 Borage
04 Catnip
05 Chamomile
06 Chervil
07 Chives
08 Cilantro
09 Comfrey
10 Coriander
11 Dill
12 Fennel
13 Garlic, 5 bulbs, roots trimmed, 1” stems
14 Lavender
15 Lemon Balm
16 Lovage
17 Marjoram, Sweet
18 Mint, Chocolate
19 Mint, Variegated
20 Mint, Other
21 Oregano

Class:

22 Parsley, Curled Leaf
23 Parsley, Flat Leaf
24 Peppermint
25 Rosemary
26 Sage, Garden
27 Sage, Pineapple
28 Sage, Variegated
29 Savory, Summer
30 Sorrel
31 Spearmint
32 Tarragon, French
33 Thyme, Common
34 Thyme, Lemon
35 Thyme, Other
36 Collection, 5 to 8 cut specimens, your choice
37 Herbal Window Box (minimum of 5 related herbs growing in one container, maximum length 36” i.e. tea, culinary, aromatic, Italian garden)
38 Other

DIVISION 02: COLLECTIONS

5 or more varieties. Variety names and labels are required.

Class:

01 Greenhouse grown vegetables
02 Outdoor grown vegetables

DIVISION 03: WILD BERRIES

½- 1 cup, submit foliage sample for all Classes. NO stems except when otherwise specified. Collection requires ⅓ – ½ cup of each berry.
For Junior consideration — indicate sub-category J and state age on entry form.

Class:

01 Blueberry, Vaccinium species, tall
02 Blueberry, Vaccinium species, low
03 Cranberry, Low-bush or Lingonberry, Vaccinium vitis idaea
04 Cranberry, High-bush, Viburnum edule
05 Crowberry, Empetrum nigrum
06 Currant, black, Ribes species, 10 clusters
07 Currant, red, Ribes triste, 10 clusters
08 Raspberry, Rubus idaeus , 1 layer
09 Rosehip, Rosa acicularis, sepals attached, 1 layer
10 Salmonberry, Rubus spectabilis , 1 layer
11 Serviceberry, Amelanchier species
12 Watermelon berry, Streptopus amplexifolius, stems preferred, 1 layer
13 Bog Cranberry, Oxycoccus microcarpus
14 Collection of 5 or more named Wild Berry varieties.
15 Other

DIVISION 04: CULTIVATED BERRIES

½- 1 cup, submit foliage sample for all Classes. NO stems except when otherwise specified. Collection requires ⅓ – ½ cup of each berry.
For Junior consideration — indicate sub-category J and state age on entry form.

Class:

01 Currant, Black, 10 clusters
02 Currant, Pink, 10 clusters
03 Currant, Red, 10 clusters
04 Currant, White, 10 clusters
05 Gooseberry, Green, with stems
06 Gooseberry, Red, with stems
07 Raspberry, Red , 1 layer
08 Raspberry, Yellow, 1 layer
09 Rosehip, sepals attached, 1 layer
10 Strawberry, sepals attached, 1 layer
11 Collection 5 or more named Cultivated Berry varieties
12 Other

DIVISION 05: WILDLIFE VALUE & POISONOUS BERRIES

½ – 1 cup, submit foliage sample for all Classes. NO stems except when otherwise specified. Collection requires ⅓ – ½ cup of each berry.
For Junior consideration — indicate sub-category J and state age on entry form.

Class:

01 Baneberry, Actaea rubra
02 Dogwood, ground, Cornus canadensis
03 Dogwood, red twig, Cornus stolonifera, native species
04 Dogwood, red twig, Cornus, non-native species
05 Elderberry, Sambucus racemosa
06 False Solomon’s Seal, Smilacina stellata
07 Kinnikinick, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
08 Mountain Ash, Sorbus sitchensis or scopulina, shrubby type, native species
09 Mountain Ash, Sorbus acuparia (European), tree type, non-native species
10 Mountain Ash, any other non-native Sorbus species
11 Silverberry, Elaeagnus commutata
12 Collection of 5 or more named Wildlife/Poisonous varieties
13 Other

DIVISION 06: POISONOUS & EDIBLE WILD MUSHROOMS

Enter only one species per class, except Class 08 Collections; include any number of examples. Submit your entry in a sturdy, leak-proof container made of wood, plastic or metal, not cardboard. Your container should not be much larger than one square foot in size, for fairness. Your mushrooms must be fresh and sound. Rotten mushrooms will not be accepted and cannot be judged.

Class:

01 Gilled mushrooms: all species including Lenzites and Cantherellus
02 Cups, morels, false morels and their relatives: Peziza, Gyromitra, Helvella, Morchella, etc.
03 Fleshy annual mushrooms with tubes or pores: Boletus, Leccinum, Tylopilus, Suillus, etc.
04 Tough conk or shelf mushrooms with pores: Fomes, Phellinus, Piptoporus, Laetiporus, Inonotus, etc.
05 Mushrooms with teeth or spines: Hericium, Hydnum, Hydnellum, Pseudohydnum, etc.
06 Club and coral mushrooms: Clavaria, Clavariadelphus, Ramaria, Sparassis, etc.
07 Puffballs and their relatives: Lycoperdon, Bovista, Calvatia, Geastrum, etc.
08 Collections of 5 or more species
09 Other

Tips on how to make your Division 06 entry competitive:

• Include some of the original substrate where it grew.
• Include a brief write-up on a 3 x 5 card, describing common or “folk” name if known, habitat and substrate where found,
interesting facts and uses, including edibility if known.

Extra points: a spore print
Extra points: correctly name the scientific genus and species
Extra points: admit you don’t know the name; wild guesses cost points

DIVISION 07: OUTDOOR GROWN TREE, SHRUB & VINE FRUIT

Submit all with stems and sample of foliage. Class 01 – 08 must enter the same variety. Class 13 must be named varieties and can be all apples or any combination of apples & fruits. Apricots, Kiwi, Pears and Plums should be entered in Class 14.

Class:

01 Crabapple, under 1”, no debris, 10
02 Applecrab, 1” – 2”, no debris, i.e. Rescue, 5
03 Norland apple, no debris, 5
04 Apple, other than Norland or Westland, 2” – 3”, no debris, 5
05 Westland apple, no debris, 5
06 Apple, other than Westland, 3” – 4”, no debris, 5
07 Yellow Transparent, no debris, 5
08 Apple, 4” or over, no debris, 5
09 Apple, largest over 4” (by weight), 1
10 Chokecherry, no debris, 10 clusters
11 Bush cherry, i.e. Nanking, no debris, 1 cup
12 Tree cherry, i.e. pie, sweet, no debris, 1 cup
13 Collection, no debris, 5 or more named varieties
14 Other

DIVISION 08: GREENHOUSE GROWN OR POTTED WINTER-SHELTERED FRUIT

Submit with stems and sample of foliage. Variety named and labeled.

Class:

01 Apple, no debris, 5
02 Apple, largest over 4” (by weight) 1
03 Peach, no debris, 5
04 Plum, no debris, 5
05 Cherry, no debris, 5
06 Apricot, no debris, 5
07 Collection, no debris, 5 or more named and labeled varieties
08 Other

DIVISION 09: GREENHOUSE GROWN VEGETABLES

Vegetables are judged on market quality. Variety names and label are required for judging purposes. Name seed company if known. If grown from starts, name nursery/garden center.

Class:

01 Cucumber, European, 1 with ½” stem, 9” and over
02 Cucumber, pickling, 6 with ½” stems
03 Cucumber, slicing, 3 with ½” stems, 6” and over
04 Eggplant, 1 with ½” stem
05 Pepper, hot, 3 with ½” stems
06 Pepper, small fruit, 5 with ½” stems
07 Pepper, sweet, any color, 3 with ½” stems
08 Pepper, other, 3 with ½” stems
09 Sweet corn, 2 ears, ⅓ husk removed, silk trimmed
10 Tomato, cherry/pear, orange, 12 with 1” stems
11 Tomato, cherry/pear, red, 12 with 1” stems
12 Tomato, cherry/pear, yellow, 12 with 1” stems
13 Tomato, cherry/pear, other, 12 with 1” stems
14 Tomato, orange, 3 with 1” stems
15 Tomato, red, 3 with 1” stems
16 Tomato, yellow, 3 with 1” stems
17 Tomato, other, 3 with 1” stems
18 Other

DIVISION 10: LARGEST GARDEN CROP, HERBS, GRAINS, OR VEGETABLES

No mutants. Must be clean and undamaged. Must be edible. Must be larger than Market size. Leaves on all cabbages under 50 lbs. will be trimmed to 3 wrapper leaves after official weigh-in due to space limitations. Guinness Rules and Guidelines will apply to all potential record entries. New State Records will receive $50 premium.

Class:

01 Bean
02 Beet, table
03 Broccoli, green
04 Broccoli, romanesco
05 Cabbage, green
06 Cabbage, red
07 Carrot
08 Cauliflower
09 Celery
10 Chard, Swiss
11 Corn, stock height
12 Corn, ear
13 Cucumber
14 Greens, collard
15 Greens, mustard
16 Greens, spinach
17 Kale
18 Kohlrabi
19 Leeks
20 Lettuce, head
21 Lettuce, leaf
22 Muskmelon / cantaloupe
23 Onion
24 Parsnip
25 Pepper, hot
26 Pepper, sweet
27 Potato
28 Pumpkin
29 Radish
30 Rhubarb
31 Rutabaga
32 Squash, winter
33 Squash, yellow, summer
34 Squash, zucchini, green
35 Squash, zucchini, yellow
36 Sunflower, cut head
37 Sunflower, whole plant
38 Tomato
39 Turnip
40 Other

DIVISION 11: OUTDOOR GROWN VEGETABLES – JUNIOR

Ages 6 to 17. State age on entry form. Use Div. 12 classes and guidelines.

DIVISION 12: OUTDOOR GROWN VEGETABLES

Vegetables are judged on market quality. Variety names and label are required for judging purposes. Name seed company if known.
If grown from starts, name nursery/garden center. Refer to Definitions on front page for prepping instructions.

Class:

01 Artichoke, 1 with 2” stem
02 Bean, broad or horse, 12 pods with ½” stems
03 Bean, green bush, 12 pods with ½” stems
04 Bean, purple snap, 12 pods with ½” stems
05 Bean, pole, 12 pods with ½” stems
06 Bean, yellow, snap, 12 pods with ½” stems
07 Beet, elongated, 5, topped and trimmed
08 Beet, round, 5, topped and trimmed
09 Broccoli, green, 1 head/bunch
10 Broccoli, purple, 1 head/bunch
11 Broccoli, Romanesco, 1 head/bunch
12 Brussels sprouts, 12
13 Cabbage, flat head, 2-5 lbs, 3 wrapper leaves
14 Cabbage, pointed, 1-4 lbs.,1-2 wrapper leaves
15 Cabbage, round green, 2-5 lbs., 3 wrapper leaves
16 Cabbage, round red, 2-5 lbs., 3 wrapper leaves
17 Cabbage, savoy, 2-5 lbs., 3 wrapper leaves
18 Carrot, Chantenay, 5 topped and trimmed
19 Carrot, Imperator, 5 topped and trimmed
20 Carrot, Nantes, 5 topped and trimmed
21 Carrots, other, 5 topped and trimmed
22 Cauliflower, leaves trimmed level with head
23 Celery, 1 plant, root trimmed to point
24 Cucumber, pickling, 6 with ½” stems
25 Cucumber, slicing, 6” and up, 2 with ½” stems
26 Endive, 1 bunch
27 Gourd, 2 misc. types, with ½” stems, labeled with name
28 Greens, beet, 1 bunch
29 Greens, collard, 1 bunch
30 Greens, mustard, 1 bunch
31 Greens, spinach, 1 bunch
32 Greens, turnip, 1 bunch
33 Kale, Red, 1 bunch
34 Kale, Siberian, 1 bunch
35 Kale, Toscano, 1 bunch
36 Kale, tight Curled, 1 bunch
37 Kale, (or cabbage), flowering, 1 plant with 4” stem
38 Kohlrabi, green, 3, trimmed, with 3-4 center leaves
39 Kohlrabi, purple, 3, trimmed, with 3-4 center leaves
40 Leeks, 3, roots trimmed, leaves trimmed to fan shape
41 Lettuce, Butterhead, outer leaves trimmed
42 Lettuce, Crisphead (iceberg), trimmed
43 Lettuce, Cross (Romaine), 1 plant, trimmed
44 Lettuce, leaf, green, 1 plant, trimmed
45 Lettuce, leaf, colored, 1 plant, trimmed
46 Onions, cooking, 5, topped and trimmed
47 Onions, green, 1 bunch (6), trimmed
48 Onions, pickling, ½ pint (1 cup), topped & trimmed
49 Parsnips, 3, topped and trimmed
50 Peas, shelling, 12 pods with ½” stems
51 Peas, snow pea, 12 pods with ½” stems
52 Peas, sugar snap, 12 pods, with ½” stems
53 Pepper, green, 2 with ½” stems
54 Pepper, other, 2 with ½” stems
55 Pumpkin, large, clean, with 1” stem
56 Pumpkin, small varieties, clean, with 1” stem
57 Radish, round, 1 bunch (5), trimmed
58 Radish, long, 1 bunch (5), trimmed
59 Rhubarb, 4–5 pulled stalks, leaves trimmed to 1” fan
60 Rutabaga, 3, topped and trimmed
61 Squash, summer, Italian (zucchini), 2 with 1” stems
62 Squash, summer, straight-neck, 2 with 1” stems
63 Squash, summer, crook-neck, 2 with 1” stems
64 Squash, summer, scalloped or patty pan, 2 with 1” stems
65 Squash, winter, acorn, buttercup or hubbard, 2 with 1” stems
66 Sunflower, 1 head w/ mature seed with 3” stem
67 Sheaf grains – mature, named variety, 2½” – 3½” diameter at neck, trimmed
68 Sweet corn, 2 ears, ⅓ husk removed, silk trimmed
69 Swiss chard, 1 bunch
70 Tomato, green, 3, with 1” stems
71 Tomato, ripe, red, 3 with 1” stems
72 Tomato, other color, 3 with 1” stems
73 Tomato, cherry, ripe, 12 with 1’ stems
74 Turnip, early white, 3, topped and trimmed
75 Turnip, purple, 3, topped and trimmed
76 New varieties for 2017, minimum of 2 required for entry
77 Other, minimum of 2 required for entry

DIVISION 13: POTATOES

Nine (9) per entry. Tubers should be clean, uniform in size, shape and maturity. Not limited to varieties listed. Variety name required.
No double entries allowed, except for use as part of a collection.
For Junior consideration – indicate sub-category J and state age on entry form.
For Commercial Grower consideration – indicate sub-category C and include Farm Name on entry form.

Class:

01 Long Whites: i.e. CalWhite, Ivory Crisp, Kennebec, Knik, Mainestay, Shepody
02 Round Whites: i.e. Alasclear, Alaska 114, Alaska Frostless, Pike, Snow Chip
03 Blue/Purple Skin: i.e. Blue Max, Blue Shetland, Caribe, Purple Viking
04 Blue/Purple Flesh: i.e. All Blue, Magic Molly, Peruvian Purple
05 Red Skin: i.e. Alaska Red, Cherry Red, Iditared, Red Gold, Red Pontiac, Sangre
06 Red Flesh: i.e. All Red, Alaska Sweetheart, Huckleberry, Delta Red
07 Yellow Flesh: i.e. German Butterball, Iditared, Red Gold, Rote Eerstling, Yellow Finn, Yukon Gold
08 Fingerlings: i.e. Banana, French Fingerling, Haida, Kassan, Kifli, Ozette, Peanut, Peruvian Purple, Ratte
09 Russets: i.e. Alaska Russet, Allagash, Hilat, Krantz, Lemhi, Russet Norkota
10 Collections, 9 varieties
11 Other: i.e. Bicolored, Parti-Potato i.e. Alaska Redeye, Daku, King Edward, Siberian, White Caribe, Magic Myrna

DIVISION 14: GARDEN DISPLAY, ADULT

Garden displays require at least 20 named and labeled items: garden or greenhouse made or produced. Limited to 5’ of shelf space. Signage welcome. Registration required. Please email akliska@aol.com by August 22, 2017 to reserve space for any/all entries. Assemble by 8 PM entry day. Remove First Entry from 6 PM – 9 PM August 29. Remove Second Entry from 10 AM – 6:00 PM September 5.

Garden Display Judging Criteria:

Overall quality and condition 20 points
Arrangement; adherence to Fair theme 20 points
Shape, size, and color of produce 20 points
Educational value; suitability 20 points
Number of items adequately displayed 20 points
(Use Div. 12 as guideline)

Class 01 entrants must receive at least 50% of their income from farming.

Class:

01 Commercial
02 Garden Group or Club
03 Home Gardener

DIVISION 15: GARDEN DISPLAY, JUNIOR

Use Division 14 guidelines and criteria.

Class:

01 Garden Group or Club
02 Home Gardener

DIVISION 16: VEG HEADS

Transform any vegetable into a character using this year’s theme, “Better Together”
Creativity and theme representation are encouraged.

Class:

01 Junior (ages 6-12) state age on entry form
02 Junior (ages 13-17) state age on entry form
03 Open

DIVISION 17: LARGEST ZUCCHINI, JUNIOR

No mutants. Must be officially weighed, with 1” stem.

Class:

01 Junior (ages 6-12) state age on entry form
02 Junior (ages 13-17) state age on entry form

DIVISION 18: CREATIVE CROPS ARRANGEMENT

Design an arrangement using a minimum combination of 7 different vegetables, herbs, fruits, and/or grains.
Variety names required and must include a list identifying each item used.
Entrant supplies container of choice, i.e. basket, pot, vase, or bowl. Container dimensions should not exceed 12” in any direction. All produce must be suitable for crop entries. No artificial plant material allowed.

Class:

01: Junior (ages 6-12) state age on entry form
02 Junior (ages 13-17) state age on entry form
03 Open

Creative Crops Arrangement Judging Criteria:
Arrangement/creativity 40 points
Overall quality and condition 35 points
Number of items adequately displayed 15 points
Educational value/correct names 10 points

DIVISION 19: COMMERCIAL FARM & GREENHOUSE GROWN

A collection of 3-5 different product items; vegetables, fruits, herbs and/or grains, highlighting your area of expertise.
Varieties must be named and labeled. Baskets will be provided for display.
Refer to Division 12 classes for specific numbers of each item. Prepare exhibit as you would for market.
Commercial business name signage (8’ x 10”) is encouraged and will be displayed with entry.

Class:

01 Open

Judging Criteria: Quality, clean, undamaged, uniformity, size, trueness to type, color and number of items adequately displayed.

DIVISION 20: ART IN CROPS WITH GOURDS

Enter only once per class. All entries must be hand made by the Artist.

Class:

01: Birdhouse / Bird feeder
02: Carved
03: Colored / Painted
04: Musical
05: Sculpture
06: Other

Arts in Crops with Gourds Judging Criteria:

Originality: Overall design/theme, craftsmanship, accessories, artistic quality 50 points
Workmanship: Neatness and quality, color/finish, balance/scale, overall appearance 50 points

SPECIAL AWARDS – CROPS

Outstanding entries will be recognized by these generous donors:

Dimond Greenhouses
Division 1

Anchorage Garden Club
Division 2

Valley Garden Club
Divisions 3, 4 & 5 – Juniors

Alaska Pioneer’s Fruit Growers Association.
Division 7

Go Petroleum
Division 9

Colony Greenhouse
Divisions 11 & 15 – Juniors

Bushes Bunches Stand, Alaska Rhubarb Co.
Division 12, Class 56

Alaska Seed Growers Association
Division 13

Dearborn Farm
Division 13

Little Susitna Farms
Division 13

Alaska Mill, Feed & Garden Center
Divisions 14 & 15

Mat-Su Master Gardeners
Division 16

Wildflower Garden Club
Division 17

Potato Parade

A special contest for our youngest fairgoers ages 5 and under.
Enter one potato dressed up or made to look like a character or critter. Plant materials DO NOT need to be grown by entrant.
Enter on First Entry, Second Entry or both Crop Entry dates!!

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Superintendent Contact

    

Kathy Liska
Phone: 907-337-2196
Cell: 907-301-0317
E-mail: akliska@aol.com