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A reminder to all Fair volunteers to try to come to the banquet on the 24th at 6:00 pm. There will be good food and a fun time for all. I know I'll be there yum yum!
Just want to send a big THANK YOU to Rick Gatewood and Toby Klassen for the wonderful job you both did co-chairing the Fair horticultural room. This is a really big job and with only some minor problems, we all got through it in one piece. You both stepped up to do this, not really knowing what it was all about.
There are always other Master Gardeners that will go over and above to offer their help when needed and I also give them a big THANK YOU as well.
Also, I want to THANK Priscilla Jamnicky for the wonderful interview she gave to the Baxter Bulletin reporter on Tuesday during the intake day. I think we all learned a lot from the information in the article.
Looking forward to next year.....
I took a green suitcase full of Master Gardener books to the Extension Office after we cleaned up the Fair horticultural room today. The books can be claimed by going to the Extension Office (they are in the back room by our MG cabinet).
Oops ... I forgot to put the time for the Friday, 9/22 Fair wrap up meeting. The meeting will start at 10:00 am.
We will have an after the Fair meeting on Friday the 22nd at the Fair office. All persons who were involved in the horticulture/MG booth, etc., please try to make it, ok? I think we did a great job and we will look to next year to being better.
The Fair staff told us that we do not need to start the day at 0900 am but to be there at 10:00 am, so everyone who starts the day at the Fair please change your start up time.
Who’s got the greenest thumb?
FAIR’S HORTICULTURE EXHIBIT PROVIDES BOTH EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES AND BRAGGING RIGHTS
STORY AND PHOTOS BY JOSH DOOLEY
Who’s got the greenest thumb in Baxter County? That question should be answered Wednesday evening when the horticulture exhibits at the Baxter County Fair are judged and the Best in Show awards are handed down.
What leads up to that are home gardeners toiling over their plants throughout the year to produce the best cactus, the best ornamental corn, the prettiest flower and the biggest gourd.
Then, proud plant parents of all ages bring their living masterpieces to the educational building at the Baxter County Fairgrounds, into the educational building and place them before members of the Baxter County Master Gardeners.
The master gardeners have been helping organize and run the horticulture exhibit and competition at the fair for more than 20 years. They know the rules, they know where to look for information to identify plants.
They’re the ones who help exhibitors enter their plants. Everything from tiny peppers to 15-foot sorghum stalks will find a place to be displayed, and then judged. There are so many categories, no one knows for sure exactly how many there are. “Gardening is a great family activity and we are now really encouraging more children to get involved,” said master gardener Priscilla Jamnicky. “If you pick up an activity as a young child, one that involves your family having fun, you’re more likely to stick with it throughout your life.” As fair goers wander through the exhibit, master gardeners talk to them, answer questions and do their best to share their passion for growing things to encourage others to do the same.
Don’t be fooled though, there’s more going on than just just education and teaching people to grow their own food. This is a competition and the prize is bragging rights.
“Think about, if you plant something in the ground and tend it, care for it, nurture it over the course of months, you’re going to be invested in it,” Jamnicky said. “So yes, people want to see a blue ribbon next to their entry when the judging is done.”
A blue ribbon doesn’t mean someone’s plant came in “first place” though. It means that the entry met certain judging criteria and is awarded a blue-ribbon prize, meaning the plant met the highest standard applied to its particular category. To determine, say, who grew the top okra in Baxter County this year, you have to look for the “best in show” award winners. While blue ribbons signify an excellent plant, best in show means yours is the best of the blue-ribbon winners. “Some people take this pretty seriously. It’s part of their culture and heritage to grow things,” said Jamnicky. “They can be pretty particular about their plants.” But for others, growing things is a happy hobby that can provide beautiful things to look at or good food to eat. “The overall message we try get out through this exhibit is that gardening is a fun activity that can be enjoyed by anyone,” Jamnicky said. “We want to encourage people to garden and to grow things.”
If any who has the Master Garden project boards and would like to see them set up at the Fair booth please bring them to the Fair by Tuesday, or drop them off by the Extension Office by Tuesday morning I'll pick them up from there. Thanks.
We will be at the Fair on Tuesday the 12th at 12:00 to get started. All MG entrants will be processed at that time until 02:00 than the public starts up till 07:00 pm.
A great big thanks to the Fair team for having a lot of the big stuff done. And another thanks to all those MG members who worked to set the rest of the horticulture exhibit. It looks real good!
See ya all there.
Richard A. Gatewood
The page for the Fair Horticulture Room on our website has been changed to include the three informational booklets for how to prepare exhibits for the fair. Visit the page and download one or more of the booklets to learn how to better prepare your items for display at the fair.
IMPORTANT FAIR MEETING
Who? Paula Bailey
What? 2017 FAIR INSTRUCTIONS for Fair participants.
When? August 17
Where? Fair OFFICE
TIME? 10 am
See you there!
BCMG Fair Coordinator
IMPORTANT FAIR MESSAGE!
Pass info on to others.
Fair building for a meeting at 0900 am on the 8th of Sep -- Friday! We can set up and decorate as well on that day.
LOOKING FOR KEY TO GATE AND FAIR LOCKER! Paula said someone in group has the key?
PLEASE RSVP TO RICK! (870) 405-1304
Folks interested in working the Fair Hort booth this year, we will be having a meeting (get to know meeting and some organizing).
FAIR HORT MEETING
20 July 2017
2: 00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Library Knox room B
Thanks for your interest!
Rick Gatewood - Coordinator
Toby Klassen -Coordinator
Member Education meeting held April 13, 2017 at the Christian Clinic Meeting Room
Present at the meeting from the new class were Rick Gatewood and Toby Klassen. Also present were Barb Goodlett, Jo Strickland, Kathy Gilmore, Pat Mueske, Donna Munson, Janelle Stookey, Rose Matta, Judy Niziolek, Margereta Schmutzler, Betsy Durham, Jane Druff and Audrey Holt.
This was a good meeting of communication and education. We covered a lot of material and learned new things. For me it was about the Honeyberry shrub and the PBS program “Growing a Greener World” http://www.growingagreenerworld.com/
We discussed possible topics for Horticulture Table and who would present them; Barb Goodlett’s guide to Garden Walks, and where to find the info on the website; Garden Tours planned by Jo Strickland; the BCMG Plant Swap moderated by Pat Mueske held at the Clysta Willett Pavilion on Thursday May 11. There are always plenty of plants to swap and learn about. Come even if you don’t have a plant to share.
It was helpful to have our Plant Sale co-chairs present, Rose Matta and Judy Niziolek, for sharing where the potted signs are stored and can be used for the Plant Swap, as well as some other bits of information.
Finally we discussed plans for the Fair Horticulture room. With a low exhibit turnout especially from the 4H and youth groups there are needs to educate in the classroom, 4H, the community and to our members. Just 19 of our members exhibited Horticulture in the 2016. As Master Gardeners this is another way we can educate others (community and other MGs) by exhibiting our horticulture successes. A program for BCMG on what to exhibit, and how to prepare your entries to be well groomed and fresh would be a teaching and learning experience.
Rick Gatewood, our new member has volunteered to coordinate the Fair Horticulture Event. We discussed how our members who assisted last year and previous years can assist and train in the various portions of the operations from room set-up with decorations and supplies; a smooth intake, placing, judging and tally of exhibits; needs for education materials and staffing. It will be extremely helpful for Rick to have a co-chair. Rick left the meeting with a large binder of Fair Information and signage and a bag of folders and brochures.
Richard Shanahan a member on our committee has given informative presentations is taking a Leave of Absence until he can get his strength back. He would like to help out at the Fair where he has been an important asset in the vegetable department as long as he can be kept off his feet for extended periods of time. Richard also said he might be able to give a Horticulture Table Presentation if needed. Best way to reach Richard is by phone or single, not group email. His contact info is on the roster.
Other topics briefly discussed:
Watch for additional details and information on the Member Education Committee from Barb Goodlett and Jane Druff.
Be on the alert for messages from Rick Gatewood and be available to assist him as he prepares for the 2017 Fair Horticulture Room.
The success of our events and projects comes from communication and cooperation.
There are so many ways to be involved and productive as a BCMG. The rewards are Fun, Fellowship and Education. It is time to continue to be a cohesive group, working, planning, planting and playing together.
For awhile I will be stepping back from chairing committees and the Fair Horticulture Room. I will be available for help when needed. I enjoy the many friendships over the 20 years I have been a BCMG
Are we ready to remember our mission, what Master Gardeners are all about: To give members opportunity to expand their knowledge and experience in horticulture; to extend their volunteer commitment and to share the benefit of this cooperative effort with the community
An invitation to all BCMG interested in furthering gardening and horticulture information to Master Gardeners and the community: Member Education Meeting – Thursday, April 13 at 1 PM at the Mountain Home Christian Clinic on West Paul Street – just past High Country Motors off Hwy 62 West. Come in the volunteer entrance in back.
As Master Gardeners we are volunteers to learn, share and teach gardening and horticulture information. You are invited to this meeting to learn how you can contribute to BCMG and our community. We all have something to contribute and something to learn.
On the agenda:
We hope to engage members that have worked the Fair, understand exhibit needs and can both learn and educate others; as well as members that would like to learn more about what and how to exhibit at the Fair.
BCMG FAIR HORT TABLE
September 12-17, 2017 Fair Dates
**Anita Emerson is our 2017 MG Historian!
Master Gardeners need the following volunteers:
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