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MASTER GARDENER: Beltrami County Fair celebrates summer’s gardening efforts

The Beltrami County Fair is always an exciting time of summer. There are thousands of visitors and hundreds of exhibitors bringing a time to have fun and to learn the best our county has to offer.

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It's almost time for the Beltrami County Fair, so I wanted to take the opportunity to give some details on the horticulture side of things at the fair from a Master Gardener's perspective.

The fair begins on Wednesday, Aug. 10 and runs through Sunday, Aug. 14, this year.

Each year, the Master Gardeners and the Bemidji Garden Club members work to set up the horticulture area and keep it running during the fair.

Entries for the horticulture area must be submitted between the hours of noon and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 10. All items must be picked up at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 14.

Pre-registration speeds up the entry process and is encouraged especially for those with multiple entries. Late entries will not be accepted.

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The horticulture area supervisor is Amber Bury and she can be reached at (218) 760-1433 or by email at amber.bury1@gmail.com.

The premium exhibitor list can be found on the Beltrami County Fair website or at the Extension office at the fairgrounds. Pre-registration must be sent by Friday, Aug. 5 or dropped off at the Extension office at the fairgrounds by that date.

We want to thank the many businesses and individuals who contribute the awards for winning entries. Please refer to the Premium Bulletin for these contributors.

Although it is not required, exhibitors are encouraged to write the variety name on each exhibit tag so fair-goers can see what varieties are having success in Beltrami County. This year’s theme for our area is superheroes.

There are many categories featuring this theme. Use your “super-imagination” and enter one or more of them. A super-hero can be well known such as a comic book figure or any hero well identified in the entry. Please read the horticulture guidelines for best results.

As a Master Gardener, I have noted some very nice specimens that had to be eliminated, for instance when there were too many stems or not enough stems for the category.

Each category has specific guidelines. A locally made video can be found on the Beltrami County Fair website that provides excellent advice for new and experienced exhibitors alike.

There are a limited number of jars/vases for horticulture use if you need one on entry day but we encourage you to bring your own. These should be clear glass containers only. If the specimen is displayed in a container where we cannot view the stems it will be eliminated.

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The Beltrami County Fair is always an exciting time of summer. There are thousands of visitors and hundreds of exhibitors bringing a time to have fun and to learn the best our county has to offer.

There may be some delay accessing the fairgrounds from Highway 71 due to the current road construction. Exhibitors wanting to enter items into horticulture area may want to access the fair using Irvine Avenue to reach Fairgrounds Road.

Beltrami Electric is holding their annual meeting on Wednesday night, Aug 10. They are sponsoring a free concert in the grandstand featuring Papa Bear Norton at 6:30 p.m. so expect to see increased activity if entries are brought in after 5 p.m.

These local garden articles will reach you each week throughout the gardening season, but gardening information can be found year-round by clicking on "Yard and Garden” at the University of Minnesota Extension website, www.extension.umn.edu, or by visiting our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Beltramicountymastergardeners.

Local Master Gardeners will respond to questions via voicemail. Call (218) 444-7916 and leave your name, number and question.

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