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Agriculture & Horticulture

Entry Information

Entries Received
Date Time
Wednesday, Sept 6th 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Entry Fee:
$1.50 per entry

Judging Date: Wednesday, Sept 6th - 7:00 pm & Thursday, Sept 7th - 8:00 am

Special Rules


  1. Name the variety of each item exhibited must be included on the entry tag. Entry Tags will be provided by the department supervisor.
  2. All items must be identified at the time of entry.
  3. Only two exhibits may be entered under each lot number from one family residing at the same address.
  4. No one exhibitor will be permitted to make more than one entry for any one lot.
  5. Any exhibitor removing an entry without permission form the supervisor will forfeit the prize money.


  1. Entries in this department are limited to residents of Utah and all products must have been grown within the state by the exhibitor during the current year.
  2. Commercially manufactured products are not eligible for competition in this department, except where specified.
  3. All exhibits become property of the Utah State Fair to be used as it deems fit. IF EXHIBTS ARE TO BE RECLAIMED AT CLOSE OF FAIR, PRIOR ARRANGMENTS MUST BE MADE IN WRITING WITH THE SUPERVISOR, MUST include the tag# and exhibits must be picked up on Monday, Sept 17 between 8:00 a.m. and noon. All disposable items will be destroyed by the Fair.


  1. Exhibits will be judged on their own merits. Premiums will be awarded according to the quality of the exhibits. Judges decisions are final.
  2. Exhibitors receiving Sweepstakes awards and premiums are also eligible for first place monies on same entry.
  3. All ribbons and prize money will be mailed to the exhibitor after the Fair.


  1. Supervisors of departments will not be allowed to enter exhibits in the classes over which they have supervision.
  2. After judging, all perishable items will be treated with chemicals to preserve the quality and prolong their exhibit life.


All plate entries are to contain five specimens each of large fruits, such as apples, pears and peaches; enough speciamens of plums, crabapples, etc. to cover a plate; and five bunches of American type grapes or three bunches of european type grapes.

Preparing Fruits for Exhibition

Apples and pears should be clean and free from spray residue, they may be polished. Apples to be exhibited on plates and trays should be picked with the stems on. Peaches may be brushed or wiped to remove fuzz. Grapes may be trimmed and defective berries removed. Stems should be kept intact with all fruits. Fruits should be large enough to meet market requirements or standards. They should not be exceptionally large. Extra large fruits are very seldom of the highest quality in the field or orchard. Neither extra large products nor extra small products are wanted and this is true of both commercial and home garden fruits. Growers will find that choice of a size just slightly larger than the average crop will give the highest quality specimens. All specimens must be of the same maturity, color, size and shape and all specimens must be of the same variety unless the exhibit class description specifically states otherwise. Specimens should be free from blemishes which includes freedom from injury caused by insects, bruises, cuts, wind or from any other cause. Each specimen should be mature, not over-mature, perhaps a little on the green side.

Packed Fruit

The purpose of the commercial fruit classes is to encourage better packing of Utah fruit for market, hence commercial packages and packs will be used. Fruit packs will be divided into box and basket classes. All packed entries are to be judged on the basis of commercial pack.

Horticulture - Department 1


1st 2nd 3rd 4th
All Plate Entries $8 $7 $6 Ribbon
Nut & Berry Entries $6 $4 $2 Ribbon
Honey $6 $5 $4 Ribbon
Sweepstakes (Entries selected by the judges): Rosette & $10

Best Exhibit - Horticulture (1 only) - Trophy & $25

Horticulture Sweepstakes

One awarded in each Class A, B, C, D, H, I, and J. One awarded in Class E, F, and G combined. Entry by judges only if deemed worthy - Rosette and $10.00.

Agriculture - Department 2

Agriculture Rules

All samples entered in the field crops section of the Fair may be treated with an invisible dye as soon as judging is completed. This will allow the Fair to identify and disqualify ineligible entries in future State Fairs.

Score Card for Crop and Garden Exhibits

Uniformity - 25%
Trueness to Type - 25%
Blemish and Condition - 25%
(free from insect damage, disease and other injury)
Size and Shape - 25%

One mesh bags, crate or other special containers must be furnished by the exhibitor.

Listed varieties are examples only. Varieties not listed may be exhibited in an "Other" lot and will be judged on merit basis.


Field Crops

Best Exhibit - Agriculture (1 only) - Trophy & $25

1st 2nd 3rd 4th
$6 $4 $2 Ribbon


(Awards for Classes G, H, J, & M)
1st 2nd 3rd 4th
$6 $4 $2 Ribbon

Sweepstakes (One in each Class listed above if deemed worthy by the judge) - Rosette & $10.00

Class T - Largest Specimen

Specimen must be unusually large in comparison to the standard specimen size. Sunflower heads and stalks will not be returned.

1st 2nd 3rd 4th
$4 $2 $1 Ribbon
Largest based on weight:
1. Apple
2. Banana Squash
3. Beet
4. Bell Pepper
5. Butternut Squash
6. Cabbage
7. Cantaloupe
8. Casaba Melon
9. Cauliflower
10. Crenshaw Melon
11. Crookneck
12. Eggplant
13. Gourd
14. Hubbard Squash
15. Kohlrabi
16. Nectarine
17. Onion
18. Peach
19. Pear
20. Potato
21. Scallop
22. Spaghetti Squash
23. Sunflower Head
24. Sweetmeat Squash
25. Tomato
26. Turnip
27. Watermelon
28. Zucchini
29. Other (not listed above)

Largest based on length:
30. Armenian Cucumber
31. Banana Squash
32. Beet - cylinder
33. Carrot
34. Cucumber (no Armenian)
35. Ear of Field Corn
36. Ear of Sweet Corn
37. Gourd
38. Green Bean
39. Okra
40. Parsnip
41. Radsih
42. Spaghetti Squash
43. Sunflower Head w/stalk (no roots)
44. Zucchini
45. Other (not listed above)

46. Largest Pumpkin (minimum weight must be 100 lbs. to enter)
1st - $50 2nd - $30 3rd - $20

Class U - Novelty

1st 2nd 3rd 4th
$6 $4 $2 Ribbon
One entry per exhibitor.
Lot No.
1. Gourds & Vegetable Gourds
2. Garden Oddities - must be truly odd
3. Artistic Design - fruits and/or vegetables, no flowers
4. Specialty Innovations - Awards will be based on originality and practical use. Open to special displays of new varieties, mixtures or types. Home garden produce only. Exhibits may include small props to demonstrate the intended use of the product, (i.e: peppers/salsa; cucumbers/pickles; wheat/bread; etc.) Maximum size of display 12" x 18". Preferred on tray or mounted specimens.
5. Eggs - white (1 dozen in a standard egg carton). Judged on conformation, consistent size and color.
6. Eggs - brown (1 dozen in a standard egg carton). Judged on conformation, consistent size and color.
7. Eggs - colored (1 dozen in a standard egg carton). Judged on conformation, consistent size and color.

Children's Corner

Entries will be accepted on Wed, Sept 8th from noon to 6:00 pm and on Wed, Sept 15th from 8:00 am to noon (Entries accepted at the Admin Office this day only). Entries must be the work of the child.

1st 2nd 3rd
$3 $2 $1
1st Show
Class W1 - Age 5 & under
Class W2 - Age 6-10

2nd Show
Class W3 - Age 5 & under
Class W4 - Age 6-10

Lot No.
1. Make a vegetable person
2. Make a vegetable animal
3. Make a vegetable vehicle - car, truck, train, etc.
4. Arrange a basket 10" or smaller. Use a mixture of fruit, vegetables, herbs, wheat, or other grains, legumes or other seeds - use any or all of these items
5. Mr or Mrs. Potato Head - use a real potato and decorate it with items of your choice. Decorations do not need to be fruit or garden produce
6. Decorate pumpkin no larger that 8"
7. Make an arrangement with gourds.
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