Fair flower gardeners overcome rains to put on colorful show PDF Print E-mail
Written by JORDAN CRAVENS, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 30 July 2013 08:07
Andrea Cromley of Bowling Green with her sunflower which won best of show. (Photos: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
The number of entries may have been down this year at the Wood County Fair's first flower show, but the quality of the flowers, plants and designs was still evident.
"I never know for sure, but I have had several people tell me weather was a factor," said Cathy Nelson, show director. "Weather is always a factor."
But despite heavy rains during the growing season, Nelson said the show has "good specimens and really nice artistic designs and creativity."
The theme for this year's first show was "Let's Read to Children."
Organizers took names of popular children's books and poems and asked designers to develop ideas from there.
"I think people were into it," Nelson said. "We had a lot of variety and creativity in terms of interpretation of those themes."
Some of the titles used for the categories included: "The Very Hungry Caterpillar," "The Giving Tree," "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," "Old MacDonald Had a Farm," "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish," and "Green Eggs and Ham."
The three invitational categories: wall niches, folding niches and table setting/design were also in accordance with the theme.
In the wall niche category, titled "Are You My Mother," the Nelson family swept all three top awards. First place went to Cathy Nelson, BG; second place, Amy Nelson, BG; third place, Laura Nelson, BG.
In the folding niche category, titled "Cinderella," Cathy Nelson again took first place; second place, Laura Nelson; third place, Diann Gray, Fostoria.
Erma Aurand of Wayne, Ohio with her "happy birthday" themed table design which won first place.
Cathy Nelson of Bowling Green is seen with her "Are You My Mother" themed wall niche which won first place.
Sheriden Schuerman of Pemberville with her "Pat the Bunny" themed display which won best of show in the junior artistic division.
Gerald Cromley of Bowling Green with his dahlia which won best of show.
The table setting design asked competitors to interpret the title, "Happy Birthday to You."
First place went to Erma Aurand, Wayne; second place, Diann Gray, Fostoria; third place, Linda Hablitzel, Perrysburg.
Aurand, who has been competing in flower shows since she was 12, used blue delphinium, status, bakers fern, leather leaf, yellow mum pomps, Queen Anne's lace, and hosta leaves.
She also handmade her placements, napkins and tablecloth, which were blue, yellow and white and accented with green. The tablecloth will later be made part of a quilt. The colors blended with her blue and yellow floral design.
"I kind of made the design for one on my friend's birthdays. Her favorite colors are blue and yellow, so I just made it like I was throwing a birthday party for her," Aurand said.
Aurand admitted weather made designing more difficult.
"We had hail a couple of times this year. Usually I pick a lot of greenery out of my garden, but I couldn't find many leaves that weren't shredded or bruised," she said.
"I had to buy most of my stuff because of the hail."
Nelson said many of the competitors likely faced similar adversarial conditions.
"Primarily, I think the gardeners dealt with a lot of rain, which can lead to changes in the way things bloom. It can also lead to insect or fungus problems," Nelson said.
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