Way back in July I was on a team that made the "Celebrity" (gotta love that) pick at the Monroe County Fair Flower Showw. We could choose among any of the entrants (except flower arrangements), and among them all (there seemed to be hundreds, but I don't know how many), interestingly, we all three had this charming lily stem in our top three. So it was a no-brainer. Turns out the entrant was a kid, which made me smile.
The actual, trained, certified judges chose something else entirely (shows how much WE know). The Fair's press release follows, edited:
Diane Magin of Irondequoit, NY was this year’s winner of the Julia Meister Memorial Trophy for Best of Showat the 2006 Monroe County Fair Flower & Vegetable Show. Ms. Magin‚s entry, an Annabell hydrangea, first won the Best of Section for Cut Flowers, then was selected Best of Show among the Best of Section winners by a panel of certified judges. This year the Fair had a Celebrity's Pick for Best of Show. This award was selected by the following panel of judges: Katrina Irwin (WROC/WUHF), Jane Milliman (D&C/Upstate Gardeners‚ Journal), & Joe Peters (Legends 990 AM). A lily submitted by Jake Futter of Hemlock, NY won the Celebrity's Pick for Best of Show. Jake’s lily also won Best of Section for Cut Flowers (Youth Division).
Dolores Sibs of Greece, NY won the Adult Gardener of the Year, with a total of 84 points. Ms. Sibs also won the Best of Section for Roses with her Double Delight Spray which also was selected as the People’s choice Award for Flowers & Roses by fairgoers.
In the 3rd Annual Florist Exhibition-People’s Choice Award, Kittelberger’s Florist of Webster, NY won First Place in the under $50 class and Schum‚s Florist of Rochester, NY won First Place in the unlimited class. These awards are also selected by the fairgoers.
For the second year in row Adam Goldsmith of Brighton, NY won Best of Section for Vegetables/Fruits with his Green Beans entry.
In the Genesee Valley Hosta Society Show, Donna Lowry’s ‘Minuteman’ entry won Best of Show.
Other Winners were:
Libbie Rosati of Rochester, NY- Best of Section for dahlias with her ‘Duet’ entry; Judith Ledgerwood of Macedon, NY- Best of Section for African violets with her Violet in a Decorative Pot; Angie Centola of Irondequoit, NY- Best of Section for Container Plants with her crown of thorns; Theresa Madonna of Penfield, NY- Best of Section for Hanging Plants with her impatiens entry; John Futter of Hemlock, NY- Best of Section for Vegetables/Fruits (Youth) with his leaf lettuce; Rachel Yuhas of Henrietta, NY was named Junior Gardener of the Year with 51 points.
For further information please contact Sal Madonna (787-9153) or Mike Centola (467-3809).