Department III - Open Class
Open Class Floral General Information

​General Chairman and Floral Department Superintendent
Ellen Daly 360-485-5253

"150 Years of Fabulous:  A Patriotic Flower Show"
A National Garden Club Standard Flower Show
Presented by Black Hills District of Garden Clubs

Open and free to the public with exhibits and gardening and design demonstrations.  Adult Thurston and Lewis County residents, Washington State Federation of Garden Clubs members and youth aged Pre-K - 18 may enter.

We would like to encourage the public to enter these categories.  Please call Ellen Daly or any of the Consultants in the section you are interested in for more information.

Public viewing hours:

July 27 - 31, 2022 10am - 10pm
July 31, 2022 10am - 8pm

ENTRIES: Horticulture, Design and Special Exhibits entries will be accepted between 4 and 7pm on Monday, July 25, 2022 in the Thurston Expo Center.
ADVANCED REGISTRATION is required in Division I, Sections O and P, II, III, IV, and V by Sunday, July 10 (Contact Section Consultant listed below in Schedule). EVERY EXHIBIT IN DIVISION II, III, IV AND V MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A LISTING OF THE NAMES OF THE PLANTS USED IN THE EXHIBIT ON A SEPARATE CARD.
CLASSIFICATION: Chairmen/Consultants in each Section shall check for conformity to the schedule at time of entry before entrant departs.
SPECIAL ENTRY TAGS for Open Class Floral are available from the Fair Office, the Floral Department Superintendent and Black Hills District Club Presidents. A list of the Clubs and contact information for Club Presidents can be found at They must be completed in pencil or waterproof pen.

EXHIBITORS: May be any resident in Thurston and Lewis County and all members of the Black Hills District of Garden Clubs and Washington State Federation of Garden Clubs. Also, National Garden Clubs Student Judges may enter any adult class.

DAYS AND HOURS: The show will be open to the public at 10 AM each day of the Fair from Wednesday through Sunday, and close at 10 PM each evening until the end of the Fair, Sunday, at 8 PM.
JUDGING: Judging will take place Tuesday, July 26, at 10:00 a.m.  The General Chairman and the Classification Chairmen for each Division are available during judging for possible consultation.  They, along with the judges and clerks, are the only personnel allowed on the floor during judging.
AWARDS: The Flower Show conforms to the standards established by National Garden Clubs, Inc. (NGC), page 5.  The Handbook for Flower Shows (HB), 2017 edition, with revisions printed in the National Gardener Magazine (TNG) is the authority for all issues not covered by the schedule, which is the law of the show.  The HB is available at local libraries and from Black Hills District Garden Club members.  A list of the Clubs and contact information for Club Presidents can be found at Stickers will indicate 1st Place, exhibit must score 90 or more (Blue), 2nd place, 85 or more (red), 3rd place, 80 or more (yellow) and Honorable Mention, 75 or more (white). The entry card with sticker may be exchanged for ribbons in the Fairground Office at the end of the fair. The decisions of the judges will be final. Any award may be withheld if the requirements are not met.
RESPONSIBILITIES: The Show Committee will take all possible care to protect exhibits but will not be responsible for loss or damage.
CONSERVATION LIST: Plants on the Washington State Conservation List may not be used in this show unless grown by the Exhibitor or obtained in a legal manner.
FRESH PLANT MATERIAL shall be emphasized in this show.
NO ARTIFICIAL "PLANT" MATERIAL is permitted in any Division.
REPLACING PLANT MATERIAL: Wilted plant material may be replaced each morning before 9:30 AM.
REMOVAL OF EXHIBITS: Exhibits may be removed Sunday, July 31, after the Fair closes, between 8 - 9 PM, and must be removed between 9 AM and 11 AM on Monday, August 1. Please let the Superintendent know if there will be any problem in removing an exhibit.
NON-COMPLIANCE: Those not complying with these rules forfeit all prizes.
POLICIES: The NGC exhibit policies are printed in the HB, Chapter 7, Exhibiting in the Design Division, NGC Policies and Guideline.