Imagine my surprise when I read the e-mail from Judi Perkins regarding Bangor’s Garden Show 2011 and discovered this year’s event has some very special new categories that aren’t necessarily what you’d expect to see there.
For the first time, Judi told me during a telephone interview, the show is offering a Cake Walk-Cake Decorating Contest, open to everyone from kids to adults to professionals and nonprofessionals.
The next new entry is a Scarecrow Contest and, if any of you think this is not a new entry, Judi reminds you scarecrows have been “guests” on display at previous shows, but, she told me, this is the first time scarecrows will have a separate category and be part of the show and receive awards.
Although the third addition is not necessarily new, it’s “new again,” since it was part of the show several years ago, and Judi is looking forward to having some outstanding and entertaining contributions in the “Outside-The-Box” Container Gardening category.
Bangor’s Garden Show, April 8-10 at Bangor Auditorium, is the 20th anniversary event.
Judi said she is encouraged by the response to the new categories, but she wants to make sure everyone is aware of the possibilities open to them this year.
In addition to the newer categories, attendees can visit 52 vendor booths, view eight gardenscapes by award-winning designers, participate in the People’s Choice Awards, attend demonstrations and enjoy Art in Bloom and Kids Grow, Too!
Cash prizes, by the way, total $12,000.
I asked Judi what the “walk” part of the Cake Walk category is and she explained it is simply the fact you will be walking by the displays.
As the show’s coordinator, she really is looking forward to this particular category and hopes those who enter will focus their theme toward the garden show.
“We’re looking for a spring-floral theme,” she said of the cake decorations.
Planners thought it would be fun to add something like this that could appeal to everyone and “not to forget the moms and dads and junior cooks,“ she said.
The categories include Children-Family for children age 5 and up; Novice for those 16 and up who decorate cakes strictly for fun; Student, also 16 and up, for those enrolled in a culinary or hospitality trade; and Professional for those 18 and up employed in the industry.
For more information or to enter the Cake Walk-Cake Decorating Contest, e-mail Judi Perkins, email@example.com, write her at Garden Ridge Farm, 2330 Ohio St., Bangor 04401 or call 942-9771 after 6 p.m. or anytime on the weekend.
The scarecrow contest is open to schools, individual classrooms, youth organizations, individuals 18 and under, individuals 18 and older, and family and adult organizations.
The awards will be for funniest, most creative, scariest, most artistic, most beautiful and best use of recycled materials.
For information about the Scarecrow Contest, e-mail Danielle Perkins, firstname.lastname@example.org; write her at 67 Hermon Heights, Hermon 04401 or call 852-2402.
The Outside the Box Container Gardening category cannot exceed 3 feet in any dimension, and only live plant materials can be used with plants as the primary focus.
Those categories are vegetable, herbs, mixed annuals, mixed perennials, shrubs and houseplants.
To enter or receive more information about this contest, e-mail Sonia Cianchette, email@example.com, write her at 105 Barrows Point Road, Newport 04953 or call 341-0191.
With the addition of these new contests, which could turn out to really be a lot of fun for the more creative-minded among us, I wouldn’t be surprised if attendance at this year’s show surpasses last year’s show, which attracted more than 7,300 people.
For complete details about this event that is sure to put a little extra spring in your step, visit www.bangorgardenshow.com.