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Fruit Exhibit - General Information

Chairperson: James O'Brien, Peabody, MA
Clerk: Kate O'Brien (topsfieldfairfruit@gmail.com)

OPEN TO ANY GROWER
All fruit must be grown, selected and arranged by exhibitor.

Rules & Regulations

  1. EXHIBITS MUST BE BROUGHT TO THE FRUIT BUILDING, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27th, BETWEEN 7:00 P.M. AND 9:00 P.M. (NO EARLIER)
  2. No exhibit will be entitled to a prize or other award unless it possesses points of superiority; and no award will be made to unworthy objects, though they may be the only ones of their kind on exhibition.
  3. No exhibitor shall be permitted to make more than one entry in any class except Classes AA1, BB1, A21, A22, A27, C1, E1, E2, G3 and G5.
  4. All fruits are to be raised by the exhibitor.
  5. Meritorious exhibits not listed for premium will receive due recognition.
  6. All fruits must be correctly named to receive prizes.
  7. Special cases will be arranged for any recognized fruit of merit if there are three entries, or at discretion of the Fruit Committee.
  8. All exhibits remain in place until Tuesday, October 9th, 2018.

Score Card

  1. Whether the fruit is actually scored or not, the following score card shall be the basis on which all plates shall be judged.
  2. In classes involving more than one variety, the score of fruit shall be considered two-thirds, and the value of the varieties one-third, in awarding Premiums.
  3. Points awarded as follows:
  4. Form 10
    Size 15
    Color 20
    Uniformity 20
    Condition and freedom from blemishes 35
    TOTAL 100

EXPLANATION

  1. Form of Fruit: Should be smooth, regular and typical of the variety.
  2. Size of Fruit: Not too large, typical of the variety.
  3. Color of Fruit: All specimens be as well-colored as the season permits.
  4. Uniformity of Fruit: All specimens must be of the same size, color, ripeness and form.
  5. Condition shall include: Freedom from: (a) mechanical injuries, (b) insect injury of all kinds, (c) fungus injuries and excessive spray residue. Hail injury will not disqualify. Apple Maggot will disqualify.

Apple Displays

Awards: FIRST $14.00 SECOND $12.00 THIRD $10.00 FOURTH $6.00 FIFTH $6.00 SIXTH $6.00 SEVENTH $6.00 EIGHTH $6.00

CLASS AA

  1. Best single layer pack of apples (package provided by the Essex County Fruit Growers Association).
  2. Gravenstein (inc. all Red Sports)
  3. Early McIntosh
  4. McIntosh
  5. Cortland
  6. Baldwin
  7. Macoun
  8. Delicious (inc. all Red Sports)
  9. Any other variety

Apples - Special Plate Prizes

CLASS AB

  1. Plate Championship. To exhibitor receiving the largest number of first prize awards on plate exhibits. RIBBON
  2. Sweepstake Plate Prize. For the best plate of Apples, any variety in the show. No special entry necessary. Commercial value of variety to be considered. RIBBON
  3. Sweepstake Plate Prize. For the best plate of Apples, any variety in the show. No special entry necessary. Home growers value of variety to be considered. RIBBON

Awards: FIRST $10.00 SECOND $6.00 THIRD $4.00

  1. Best collection of 5 plates of correctly named varieties with 5 specimens of each variety (grower must name each plate when exhibited.)

Forty Nine Class/Pears

Awards: FIRST $18.00 SECOND $15.00 THIRD $12.00

CLASS BB

  1. Best 49 Pears of any variety

Forty Nine Class/Apples

Awards: FIRST $20.00 SECOND $18.00 THIRD $15.00 FOURTH $10.00 FIFTH $10.00 SIXTH $10.00 SEVENTH $10.00 EIGHTH $10.00

CLASS AC

  1. Best 49 Apples - Any red strain
  2. Best 49 Apples - All others

Apples - Plate Exhibits - Commercial

Commercial: 5 specimens

Awards: FIRST $10.00 SECOND $9.00 THIRD $8.00

CLASS A

  1. Baldwin
  2. McIntosh (standard)
  3. McIntosh (Marshall)
  4. Delicious
  5. Golden Delicious
  6. Northern Spy (all strains)
  7. Idared Reds
  8. Cortland (standard)
  9. Red Cortland
  10. Any other Red Sport
  11. Roxbury Russett
  12. Braeburn
  13. Macoun
  14. Empire
  15. Cameo
  16. Rome Beauty, including all strains
  17. Gala/All Strains
  18. Gravensteins
  19. Red Fuji
  20. Jonamac
  21. Any Golden
  22. Mutsu
  23. Jonagold
  24. Granny Smith
  25. Honey Crisp
  26. Any other properly named red variety
  27. Any other properly named variety
  28. Any other properly named old variety
  29. Any new variety, properly named
  30. Any disease resistant variety

Crabapples - Plate Exhibits - Commercial

Commercial: 10 specimens each

Awards: FIRST $8.00 SECOND $7.00 THIRD $6.00

CLASS HD

  1. Hyslop
  2. Dolgo
  3. Any other named variety

Apples - Plate Exhibits - Home Growers

Home growers: 3 specimens

Awards: FIRST $8.00 SECOND $7.00 THIRD $6.00

CLASS HG

  1. Baldwin
  2. McIntosh
  3. Delicious
  4. Rhode Island Greening
  5. Gravenstein
  6. Northern Spy (all strains)
  7. Idared
  8. Cortland
  9. Any other Red Sport
  10. Roxbury Russett
  11. Spartan
  12. Macoun
  13. Empire
  14. Spencer
  15. Golden Delicious
  16. Rome Beauty, including all strains
  17. Gala
  18. Red Fuji
  19. Jonamac
  20. Any Golden
  21. Mutsu
  22. Jerseymac
  23. Granny Smith
  24. Honey Crisp
  25. Any other properly named red
  26. Any other properly named old variety
  27. Any other properly named variety
  28. Any new variety, properly named
  29. Any disease resistant variety

Crabapples - Plate Exhibits - Home Growers

Home growers: 10 specimens each

Awards: FIRST $5.00 SECOND $4.00 THIRD $3.00

CLASS HC

  1. Hyslop
  2. Dolgo
  3. Any other named variety

Pears - Plate Exhibits

Plate must contain 5 specimens each

Awards: FIRST $10.00 SECOND $8.00 THIRD $5.00

CLASS B

  1. Best collection of 3 plates of correctly named varieties with 5 specimens of each variety. (Grower must name each plate when exhibited)

Awards: FIRST $8.00 SECOND $5.00 THIRD $3.00

  1. Bartlett
  2. Bosc
  3. Seckel
  4. Delicious
  5. Anjou
  6. Any other named varieties
  7. Any properly named Asian varieties

Peaches - Plate Exhibits

Plate must contain 5 specimens each

Awards: FIRST $10.00 SECOND $8.00 THIRD $5.00

CLASS C

  1. Best collection of 3 plates of correctly named varieties with 5 specimens of each variety. (Grower must name each plate when exhibited)

Awards: FIRST $10.00 SECOND $8.00 THIRD $5.00

  1. Elberta
  2. Sunhigh
  3. Belle of Georgia
  4. Madison
  5. Jersey Lane
  6. Jefferson
  7. Hale Haven
  8. J.H. Hale
  9. Rio So Gem
  10. Triogen
  11. Any other white fleshed named varieties
  12. Any other yellow fleshed named varieties

Nectarines

  1. Any white fleshed named varieties
  2. Any yellow fleshed named varieties

Plums - Plate Exhibits

Awards: FIRST $10.00 SECOND $8.00 THIRD $5.00

CLASS D

  1. Best collection of 2 plates of correctly named varieties with 10 specimens of each variety. (Grower must name each plate when exhibited)

Awards: FIRST $8.00 SECOND $5.00 THIRD $3.00

  1. Best plate of any variety (10 specimens) correctly named
  2. Other classes at discretion of Fruit Committee

Grapes - Plate Exhibits

Plates must contain 3 bunches

Awards: FIRST $10.00 SECOND $8.00 THIRD $5.00

CLASS E

  1. Best collection of 3 plates of correctly named varieties with 3 bunches of each variety. (Grower must name each plate when exhibited)

Awards: FIRST $8.00 SECOND $5.00 THIRD $3.00

  1. Concord
  2. Worden
  3. Moore's Early
  4. Freedonia
  5. Any other named variety
  6. Any seeded white table variety properly named
  7. Any seedless white table variety properly named
  8. Any seeded red table variety properly named
  9. Any seedless red table variety properly named

Berries

Awards: FIRST $8.00 SECOND $5.00 THIRD $3.00

CLASS G

  1. Cranberries, one pint
  2. Strawberries (named) one pint
  3. Blueberries, any properly named varieties, one pint
  4. Raspberries, (named) one pint
  5. Elderberries, three bunches
  6. Currants (pint)
  7. Any other properly named variety (pint)

Awards: FIRST $12.00 SECOND $10.00 THIRD $9.00

  1. Best exhibit of Strawberries - Nursery Stock, using fruit and foliage

Quinces - Plate Exhibits

Awards: FIRST $10.00 SECOND $8.00 THIRD $6.00

CLASS F

  1. Best plate of Quinces, named variety (leave in natural condition)

Miscellaneous Fruit

Awards: FIRST $8.00 SECOND $5.00 THIRD $3.00

CLASS J

  1. Tropical Fruits
  2. Any other worthy variety (must be home-grown)

Farm Stand Display

Special Rules & Regulations

  1. Only one (1) farm stand exhibit per exhibitor.
  2. Entry must be made with the Chairman one week in advance of opening day of Fair.
  3. The stand will be 12 feet long, 4 feet high and 3 feet deep. If space is limited Chairman may change display size.
  4. The score card, based on a commercial type of display, will be used.
  5. General appearance is important.
  6. All fruit must be polished.
  7. Dummying allowed, but not to be seen.
  8. Fruit must be grown by exhibitors.
  9. Commercial advertisement is to be encouraged.
  10. All signs may be according to the exhibitor's own design.
  11. No plastic fruit.
  12. Please be aware of the use of flammable items within display.

Awards: FIRST $150.00 SECOND $125.00 THIRD $100.00

CLASS H

  1. Best Farm Stand Display - (Display only)
  2. Best Farm Stand Display - (Fruit only) Not over 80 square feet

Educational Display

Awards: FIRST $80.00 SECOND $70.00 THIRD $60.00

CLASS H

  1. Exhibit - at least 8 square feet/as space allows

Association Display

Awards: FIRST $150.00 SECOND $125.00 THIRD $100.00

CLASS H

  1. Varieties of Fruits and Packages. Not less than 80 sq.ft.

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