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Horticulture Show

Show Superintendent: Bobbie Eunice



Monday, October 30th, from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 31st, from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

All entries must be in place by 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 31st, 2017, and will stay on display until Sunday, November 12th, 2017 when the Fair ends.


Entries will be received and, at the end of the Fair, reclaimed, at the Annex of Exhibit Hall B located at the Beaver Street Entrance. Policeman at the Beaver Street entrance will provide further directions for delivery of entries.


Entries, ribbons, and prize money may be picked up Sunday, November 12th, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM or Monday, November 13th, from 9:00 AM to Noon. Please see the Show Superintendent before picking up entries at the Annex of Exhibit Hall B located at the Beaver Street Entrance. All entries not picked up by that time will become the property of the Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair.


Open to amateur gardeners of all ages, adult or youth

Youth ages shall be:

Intermediate: 5-11 years of age

Juniors: 12-14 years of age

Seniors: 15-17 years of age

Adults of all ages


Begins at noon Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Judges are Master Gardeners.

Merit Judging will be used; this means that all qualifying exhibits will be judged individually against a standard and be eligible for an award.

For educational purposes, judges will leave a written comment on all exhibits not winning a blue ribbon.

Decisions of the judges are final.

Why Enter?

The residents of Jacksonville are truly lucky to have a long growing season and, relatively, mild winters. Take this opportunity to showcase what you have grown this season: anything from scrumptious fruits/vegetables to beautiful hanging baskets, or patio plants are welcome. Show off!

For more information contact:

Show Superintendent: Bobbi Eunice

(904) 894-0085




This contest is only for Youth Categories.

Youth can grow and enter their own shrimp plant!

Plant should be in their possession for at least 30 days

All other Horticulture Rules apply to this contest

Special prizes will be awarded


1. Exhibitors should read all rules and regulations carefully. The Show Committee will disqualify entries that do not conform to schedule specifications and those of inferior quality.

2. All horticulture exhibits must be fresh, show-worthy plant material, grown by and in the exhibitor's possession for at least 90 days. Plants used in combination plantings (containers, terrariums, etc.) must have been in the exhibitor's possession for at least 45 days.

3. Exhibitors may make more than one entry per section or class provided each is a different species, variety, cultivar, type, or color.

4.Specimens must be labeled with the correct botanical name (genus and species). Common names may be included.

5. Container grown plants must be in clean containers with no chips or cracks. Loose saucers are not permitted.

6. Hanging plants must be hanging from a secure device.

7. Double potting is discouraged. Plant supports for plants, which normally vine or cling, are allowed if the plant is visibly growing on or attached to such support. No plant labels are allowed.

8. One plant per container unless the plant normally produces multiple stems (exception: dish gardens, etc.).

9. No oiling or dressing of foliage is permitted.

10. All perishable exhibits, such as fruit or vegetables, (with exception of any large items) must be placed on show committee provided paper or foam plates.

11. The Entry Committee may sub-divide when necessary. Judges will not sub-divide.

12. No artificial plant material may be used. No live or dead animals may be used.

13. No exhibitor may judge or clerk in any section in which they have exhibits.

14. The only persons allowed on the floor during judging are Show Superintendent, Classification Chair, Placement Chair, Judges, Judges Chair, and clerks.

15. Every precaution will be taken to protect your plants, however, the Greater Jacksonville Fair, its officers and agents, do not insure and are not responsible for any accident, loss or damage to entries.

16. Entries winning Best in Show may be entered the subsequent year, but will not be eligible for Best in Show.

17. Exhibitor entry sheets must be filled out for everyone submitting entries. Entry sheets will include contact information as well as a list of all entries for each exhibitor.

Preparing Plants for the Horticulture Show

  1. Repot plants well ahead of show date.
  2. Do not over-pot or under-pot your plant; i.e., pot should be appropriate for plant’s size.
  3. Exhibitors should prepare and groom entries before bringing them to the Fair.
  4. Make sure your pots are clean and not broken or cracked.
  5. Remove trash, debris, dead leaves, stems, and seeds.
  6. Plants should be full, mature, centered in the pot and as symmetrical, as possible.
  7. If a plant is being exhibited for blooms, it should be in full bloom.
  8. Water plants well before bringing to the Fairgrounds. Plants will be watered sparingly during the Fair. Special watering instructions for individual plants may be provided at the time of entry.
  9. Entry sheets and cards will be available at the show site. If you have multiple entries, and want to give yourself some time to fill them out completely, you may pick up entry cards and sheets 1 month ahead of the entry date at the following locations:
Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair Office:
510 Fairgrounds Place
Jacksonville, FL 32202
(904) 353-0535

Duval County Extension Agency:
Extension Agency Homepage

Show Superintendent:
Bobbie Eunice (904) 894-0085

10. The exhibitor should make every effort to determine the botanical name, or, at least, the common name. Here are a few contacts/websites that may help:

Guide to Houseplants


Houseplant 411

NOTE: If you need assistance filling out your entry sheets and cards, the Show Committee will assist you when you arrive at the show.


Ribbons awarded will be the same for adults or youths (Senior, Intermediate and Junior):

A Sweepstakes award will be given for the most blue ribbons in Horticulture.

Sweepstakes runner-up will be given for second most blue ribbons in Horticulture.

NOTE: Red ribbon count (and, if necessary, white ribbon) will be used in case of a tie in any sweepstakes awards.

Best of Show…………………………………$25.00

Sweepstakes award…………………………..$25.00

Sweepstakes Runner-up……………………...$15.00

Award of Merit………………………………$10.00

1st Place – Blue……………………………….$3.00

2nd Place – Red……………………………….$2.00

3rd Place – White……………………………..$1.00

Best shrimp plant will receive a special award, TBA

Special awards will, also, be given to any Associations/Clubs/Societies wishing to create a special exhibit.


Section A: Gesneriads (African Violet Family)

  1. Standard African violets: plain foliage
  2. Standard African violets - variegated foliage
  3. Miniature and Semi-miniature African violets
  4. Trailing African violets
  5. Other Gesneriads, blooming
  6. Other Gesneriads, non-blooming for ornamental foliage

Section B: Begonias

  1. Hanging
  2. Potted
  3. Any other worthy entry

Section C: Ferns

  1. Hanging
  2. Potted
  3. Any other worthy entry

Section D: Succulents

  1. Cacti
  2. Euphorbias
  3. Other Succulents

Section E: Bromeliads

  1. Hanging
  2. Potted
  3. Any other worthy entry

Section F: Special Container Grown Plants (must be planted directly in the container and be less than 18” in diameter)

  1. Planters
  2. Terrariums
  3. Dish Gardens
  4. Decorative Container
  5. Any other worthy entry

Section G: Patio Plants (over 36 inches tall)

  1. Blooming (must be blooming)
  2. Bearing (Must be bearing)
  3. Foliage
  4. Any other worthy entry

Section H: Fruit, Vegetable or Herbs, Edible or Non-Edible

  1. At least 3 examples of each required. Fruits and vegetables must still have the stem with a leaf attached.
  2. Fresh Fruit (Whole- do not cut)
  3. Vegetables
  4. Herbs (Dried & Fresh)
  5. Nuts
  6. Any other worthy entry

Section I: Hydroponically Grown

  1. Any worthy entry

Section J: Shrimp Plants

  1. Red tones
  2. Yellow tones
  3. Any other worthy entry

Section K: All other Blooming Plants (Must be flowering)

  1. Hanging
  2. Potted
  3. Any other worthy entry

Section L: All other Foliage Plants

  1. Hanging
  2. Potted
  3. Any other worthy entry

Delivery location: Beaver Street Gate

Policeman at gate will give directions to the Exhibit Hall

510 Fairgrounds Place

Jacksonville, Florida 32202

Phone: 904-353-0535

Email: info@JacksonvilleFair.com

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