SHOW AND FAIR - AUGUST 17, 2019
Saturday August 17 - 10 am to 3 pm
Albert McCormick Community Room, 500 Parkside Drive, Waterloo
Flower and Vegetable Show and Competition
- Silent Auction
- Children's Activities
- Free Gift Bags for the first 50 families
(Donations Gratefully Accepted)
Here is the competition schedule that you can download and print.
Here is a post by Crystal Trojek, February 2019.This is a link to the original post.
Why Don’t More Society Members Enter Flower Shows?
I often hear this question at local Horticultural Society meetings. Somebody has gone to the trouble of setting up the space, bringing the paperwork, assigning judges, coming up with interesting classes, and keeping records of who wins what in a points system for a prize at the end of the year.
So why don’t more people enter?
“I don’t have time for that”.
“I don’t know anything about it.”
“My flowers aren’t good enough.”
“My plants are small.”
“She/he has a degree in horticulture.”
“You’ve got to have a big garden to enter flower shows."
“She/he works/owns a flower shop.”
“Someone who’s a judge is entering.”
“It’s too expensive to compete.”
and the biggie (in my opinion):
“I won’t win anything.”
“she/he always wins.”
I can tell you from my experience that when I started entering monthly show competitions at our local Horticultural Society in the early 1990’s I didn’t know anything about flower shows. It was my third meeting ever, and I didn’t know anybody there. I went to the library to find out when and where the meetings were, and I showed up. Sat in the back row, didn’t talk to anybody. I wanted to know more about gardening, that’s it. We lived on 5 acres in the country then, I had a young family, a huge veg/fruit garden, lived off the land, chickens. Really. We heated the house with a woodstove in the basement for the first three years.
I think those early years were when my garden genes from my family tree in England started whispering in my ear about gardening, and the words got louder and louder until I went to a Hort Society meeting and jumped in, and I came up for air and I swam with other gardening friends ever since.
I’d like to expand on each point listed above, if nobody minds. If they do, well, that’s okay too. It’ll be a little series, as you can get too many words in your head once, and I think this is important. One thing I know is everybody has a little place in a Horticultural Society besides a chair in the back corner. Everybody. This might not be yours, and if it isn’t there’s a place somewhere else for you. I know it.
Crystal Trojek, February 2019