Master Gardeners sponsor 137th Fair Day-lily Show


The Fayette County Master Gardeners (MGs) are sponsoring their first day-lily show at the Fayette County Fair this year.

The show will be on Tuesday July 19. Registration will be on the day of the show from 9 a.m. -12 p.m. at the Fine Arts Building. This is a one-day show and everyone can enter.

There are 33 classes including four floral design classes. A list of the classes is in the Fayette County Fair book. There will be cash awards for first, second, and third place, and three Best of Show Awards. In addition, there will be section awards.

The show will be judged by Dan Bachman who owns Valley of the Daylilies. Valley of the Daylilies is an official American Hemercallis Society (AHS) display garden and grows over 3,800 registered day-lilies. It specializes in spider and unusual forms and historic day-lily cultivars. Historic day-lilies are those registered with the AHS before 1980.

When local hybridizers Karen Whiteside and Ed Mongold approached the MGs about sponsoring and organizing a day-lily show, they quickly approved the idea and began working. The fair board liked the idea and approved the show. Now all we need is some rain to push those day-lilies into bloom.

If you are unsure about how to exhibit day-lilies, the MGs will have a class to give you tips on June 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Extension Office. The class will be free. They want everyone to exhibit.

Preparations are falling into place. If you have any questions, contact Sara Creamer, MG coordinator, at the Extension Office at 740-335-1150.

This article was submitted by the Fayette County Master Gardeners.

The Record-Herald

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