Exhibiting Vegetables - Illinois Vegetable Garden Guide - University of Illinois Extension

Exhibiting Vegetables

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A vegetable garden provides you with fresh produce and an opportunity to learn about plants, and it can also give you much pride and satisfaction. Exhibiting vegetables at a fair or show gives you a chance to display the results of your efforts. In addition, it can give you the thrill of competing with others and learning about high-quality vegetables. Regardless of the ribbons you receive or the prize money you win, you will greatly profit from your experience at the fair. As an exhibitor, you can become a better vegetable grower and a well-informed consumer; you will also learn the importance of good sportsmanship. To produce prize-winning vegetables, you need to do the following:

  • Learn about planting and caring for a vegetable garden.
  • Plan to have vegetables available at the right time and in sufficient quantities so you can prepare a good exhibit at fair time.
  • Know the fair rules and regulations, and determine what types of vegetables can be exhibited.
  • Recognize the desirable qualities that the judges look for.
  • Become acquainted with the methods of preparing different vegetables for showing at the fair.
  • Learn the best methods for transporting vegetables to avoid damaging them.