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New categories, prizes for gardeners at Beltrami County Fair

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"Rockin' With the Oldies" is the theme of 2013 Beltrami County Fair's Horticulture Area. The Beltrami County Fair will be held July 31-Aug. 4. Not only is the theme changed for 2013, but also many cash premiums are considerably higher.

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Going with the new theme are some new categories for kids (12 and younger): the "Twist" is for the oddest shaped vegetable, "Monster Mash" is for the largest root vegetable, and "Big Bopper" is for the largest vine vegetable.

The category for a life-size scarecrow should be dressed as your favorite rock star. Choose any rock star from Elvis Presley to Justin Beiber. Winning in this category brings a special $20 prize.

The arrangements class (Class 7) includes new descriptions reflecting the new theme such as "Whole Lot Shaking Going On" to show movement, "House of the Rising Sun" to show hot colors and "Splish Splash" for an arrangement with a water feature.

All specimens, arrangements and other exhibits for Open Class are to be brought to the horticulture area between noon and 7 p.m. on July 31. Pre-registration recommended. Forms can be found online at: www.beltramicountyfair.org> or in the 2013 Beltrami County Fair Booklet. Copies are available at the Extension Office at the fairgrounds and at the Bemidji Public Library. Handouts on Preparing Flowers and Vegetables for Exhibit are also available at the Extension Office, the Library and online.

Thank you to all who contribute special awards including Market Place Foods Produce Department, Vern and Sandy Holzhueter, Country Greenhouse, Nature's Edge Garden Center, Deer Haven Greenhouse and Image Photography.

The Beltrami County Master Gardeners volunteer their time and expertise in the horticulture area providing this valued opportunity for area gardener and agriculturists, young and old. They get help from the local Garden Club members and others interested in the success of the horticulture area. For help with any questions, please contact Jean Mathweg, Master Gardener and Superintendent of Horticulture at the fair at 1-218-444-9940

To find reliable information about gardening and other horticultural topics, go to the University of Minnesota Extension website www.extension.umn.edu/gardeninfo/> Local master gardeners will answer your gardening questions via a voice-mail service. Call 444-7916, leaving your phone number, name and the nature of your question. A volunteer master gardener will give you a call.

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