Win a Blue Ribbon at the Denver County Fair

Do you have any prizewinning produce in your garden this year?

Cayennetta peppersThe 2013 Denver County Fair starts on Friday and the flower and vegetable competition deadline is tomorrow, Thursday August 7.

Walk-in entries will be accepted from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the National Western Complex.

All the exhibitor information is available at the Denver County Fair website, click on Competition Guidelines.

After gardening for many years, 2012 was my first experience entering my home-grown vegetables in a competition and I had a terrific time.

I took cherry tomatoes, basil and hot peppers to the Arapahoe County Fair and won three blue ribbons.

At the 2012 Denver County Fair, I took another batch of hot peppers and an odd-looking tomato and won two more blue ribbons and $50 in cash.

Then I went on to the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo with two more entries and won two more ribbons, this time red for second place.

My competition experience was so much fun that now I’m writing a book about it. Storey Publishing will be producing my Blue-Ribbon Vegetable Gardening scheduled for 2015.

Until then, here are some tips for entering the Denver County Fair’s vegetable competition:

  1. Read the rules carefully and follow them exactly.
  2. Check the website for the categories for the walk-in entries.
  3. The fee is $7 for each entry.
  4. Select only the best examples from your garden.
  5. Most entries require 2 samples; select two that match in color, shape and size.
  6. Complete a 3×5 index card with details about the vegetable and how you grew it.

Good luck! If you enter and win a ribbon, please share your success here.


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