Department:  Floriculture

Supervisor:  Taun Beddes, 801-851-8462, horticultureassistant@usu.edu

Exhibits will be located in the Exhibit Hall (Tennis Building).

Check In:         Wednesday, August 14,  8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Judging:          Wednesday, August 14, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Check Out:       Monday, August 19, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Please pick up all ribbons, awards, premium money and items you want to keep at checkout.

Register your items ahead of time online at http://utah.fairmanager.com/ or register in person at the Fair on the date of entry. There is no fee to enter items in the Fair.


  • It is not considered respectful to use the American flag in flower arrangements.
  • Flower growers can exhibit in each division.
  • Only one entry per variety may be made from the same garden. (Enter silks in Creative Arts.)
  • Each exhibitor must bring own container plainly marked on the underside. The Fair is not responsible for breakage or loss.
  • Flowers must be labeled correctly.  Supervisors will help if needed.
  • Exhibits must remain until Monday, August 19th.
  • Utah County Fair reserves the right to reject any entry deemed not suitable for family viewing.


  • Gather flowers after 4:00 p.m. the previous night, or before sunrise.
  • Cut with long stems, generally just before they come into full bloom.  Some flowers, such as the following are exceptions: Gladiolus, when first bud opens; Roses, when buds are soft (do not remove leaves); Dahlias, when blooms are fully open; Poppies, the night before opening.
  • On succulent stems, use a sharp knife; brittle stems such as Chrysanthemums are best broken.
  • For best results, flowers should be placed in water up to the flower’s head immediately after cutting, then store for several hours in a dark, draft-free place at a temperature around 40-50°F.
  • When arranging flowers, do not remove buds and leaves, except those leaves that would be submerged in water.
  • Groom entries carefully.
  • Be sure the count is accurate and the correct amount required by the rules.
  • Allow ample space in container so each flower head shows.  Small flowers should be placed in small containers; large flowers in large containers.
  • Flowers are judged for uniformity in size and development.

CLASS 1:  Adult 18 & up
CLASS 2:  Seniors 65+
CLASS 3:  Teenage 13 – 18
CLASS 4:  Youth age 12 & under
CLASS 5:  Special Needs
CLASS 6:  Professional

In this section, exhibitors must have grown the flowers. Specimens must be the same color unless mixed is stated. Exhibitor must have grown the plants for at least three (3) months

  • Ball Dahlias:  3.5” in diameter
  • Dahlias:  1, 3, or 5 Small (over 4 – 6” in diameter)
  • Dahlias:  1,3, or 5 Medium (over 6 – 8” in diameter)
  • Dahlias:  Large, over 10” in diameter, one stem, (may enter different colors in same)
  • Floribunda Roses:  1 spray, 3 or more flowers
  • Gladiolus:  1 stem.  May enter more than one:  A. Large B.  Medium C.  Small
  • Gladiolus:  3 stems, as above
  • Gladiolus:  Basket or Vase, 5 stems or more (3 or 5 stems are more pleasing to the eye than even numbers.)
  • Herbs:  5 or more stems
  • Hybrid Tea Rose:  1 stem only, no additional foliage. May enter different cultivars in same class.
  • Hybrid Tea Rose:  3 – 5 stems
  • Hybrid Tea Rose: Vase of 9 or more
  • Marigold,  French: Vase, 5 or more
  • Marigold,  Large African, Yellow, or Gold: 3 stems
  • Miniature Ball Dahlias:  2” – 3.5” in diameter
  • Miniature Rose:  1 spray; 3 or more flowers
  • Miniature Rose:  3 sprays
  • Miscellaneous Cut Flowers:  1 to 3 stems
  • Petunias:  Bowl or Vase, 5 or more
  • Snapdragons
  • Sunflowers:  Other vase of 5 or more
  • Sunflowers:  Vase, 5 or more, colored varieties
  • Sunflowers:  Vase, one variety, 5 or more stems
  • Sweet Peas:  Bowl or Vase, 5 or more
  • Wild Flower Collection:  Vase of 5 or more
  • Zinnias:  Vase of 3, one color, same variety
  • Zinnias:  Vase of 5, mixed colors, same variety
  • Zinnias:  Vase of 5, mixed varieties
  • Floribunda Roses:  3 – 5 sprays of 3 or more flowers
  • Floribunda Roses:  Vase of 6 or more sprays of 3 or more flowers each.

The same potted plant may not be entered in this category two years in succession. Grooming of plants is very important.  Plants should be ready for display.  Remove all bugs, dead leaves and groom and clean pots. Awards to be given to both flowering and foliage plants.

  • African Violet
  • Any other Flowering Plant
  • Any other Foliage Plant
  • Begonia
  • Cactus or Succulent
  • Cactus or Succulent Dish Garden (3 or more kinds)
  • Coleus
  • Dish Garden (3 or more different foliage plants)
  • Fern
  • Geranium
  • Hanging Planter:  flowering
  • Hanging Planter:  non-flowering
  • Herbs:  any variety
  • Herbs:  mixed planting
  • Hibiscus
  • Impatience
  • Ivy
  • Jade
  • Patio Planter
  • Potted Roses
  • Sanserveria
  • Spider Plant