- Published on Friday, August 02 2013 10:42
- Written by By Alexandra Martin
As I've mentioned in previous blogs, I love the Orange County Fair, and my favorite part of the fair is always the plant competitions and 3-acre demonstration garden. In this week's blog, I'll show you some of the plant competitions (check back next week for more information about the 3-acre demonstration garden called "Centennial Farm").
Each year more than a million people visit the OC Fair. Last year 1,257,335 visited, and I was one of them! Last week we again made our annual trek to the fair at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, Calif., for this year's fair (themed "Come & Get It"), which runs from July 12 to August 11. Four plant competitions have been held so far this year: on July 11, 16 and 30.
More than $334,000 is offered in cash premium awards to competition entrants at this year's fair. But competition is fierce; almost 4,000 locals entered in the many competitions during the 2012 OC Fair. In addition to some winners shown below, there were many other winners for different kinds of vegetables and flowers, canned foods, homemade wines and beers and much more. The main Garden & Floral competition categories are Container Plants, Cut Flowers Dry & Silk and Fresh Arrangements, Floral Design and Fruit & Vegetable. Other competitions available at the OC Fair are in the Culinary Arts, Crafts & Hobbies, Visual Arts and Livestock categories.
When I visited, I saw the winners of the July 23 competitions, including:
Largest Lemon, Adult
Larry W. Lee, 1st place
Unusually Shaped Carrot, Adult
Fred Rose, 1st place
(Greg Schroeder, 2nd place, also pictured)
Specimen Produce, Hot Pepper (Jalapeno), Adult
Erin Almond, 1st place
Specimen Produce, Adult Cherry Tomatoes
Bill Graves, 1st place
Largest Item, Adult, Largest Tomato
Kevin Mats, 1st place
Specimen Bloom, Adult Hydrangea
Michael Manley, 1st place
Specimen Bloom, Adult Alstroemeria (Peruvian Lily or Lily of the Incas)
Mortimer Shea, 1st place
DIVISION WINNERS (not pictured) for the July 23 competition
Jon Dietz, Other Dahlia, Adult, Lavender/Purple Shade
Jack and Patricia Hargrove, Professional Arrangement, Adult, Exhibitor's Choice, specify theme, Division Winner and Best in Show
Paul Hoffman, Miniature Arrangement, Adult Simply Mini
Carla Montgomery, Decorative Dahlia, Adult, Yellow Shade, Division Winner and Best in Show
Trip Montgomery, Cactus Dahlia, Adult, Red Shade, Division Winner
Hidetoshi Motozaki, Ikebana Arrangement, Adult, Exhibitor's choice, specify theme, Division Winner
Dee Sheahan, Adv Amateur Arrangement, Adult Sweet Sixteen, Division Winner
Kiyoko Way, Amateur Arrangement, Adult, Tea Time, Division Winner
Alexandra is a professional writer from Southern California who grows vegetables, herbs, lots of aloe vera and one giant Boston fern in her balcony garden. She also grows dracaena, pothos and English ivy indoors. She loves traveling and birdwatching in addition to gardening.