Rules for Exhibitors - Illinois Vegetable Garden Guide - University of Illinois Extension

Rules for Exhibitors

Before planning your exhibits, obtain a copy of the fair rules and read them carefully. Pay special attention to the time for submitting entries, the number of entries allowed, the quantities of vegetables needed, and to any other rules concerning the preparation of exhibits. Although many fairs and shows operate comparably, ,there are always some variations. Fair rules also change from year to year, so never assume that last year’s rules apply to this year’s event.

Lettuce

Vegetables are usually exhibited on plates, in a group display, or as a market basketful. The numbers of the specimens of each vegetable usually required for a plate are listed below. In a group display, the number of specimens for a particular vegetable should be the same as the number required for a plate exhibit. Again, check with the fair you are exhibiting in for specific rules.

One specimen
Broccoli (head)
Cabbage
Cauliflower
Chinese cabbage (head)
Eggplant
Greens (collard, endive, escarole, kale, mustard, Swiss chard ) (1 plant)
Horseradish (root)
Lettuce (1 head or plant)
Muskmelon
Pumpkin
Squash, winter
Watermelon

Five specimens
Asparagus (spears)
Beet
Carrot
Corn, sweet
Cucumber, pickling or slicing
Garlic
Kohlrabi
Leek (sometimes shown as 3 specimens)
Onion, dry
Parsnip
Pepper, large-fruited
Popcorn (ears)
Potato
Rhubarb (stalks)
Squash, summer
Tomato, slicing
Turnip

Twelve specimens
Bean, green (pods)
Bean, lima (pods)
Bean, wax (pods)
Herbs (stems or branches)
Okra
Onion, green
Pea (pods)
Pepper, small-fruited (chili, cherry, etc.)
Tomato, small-fruited (including paste types)