DOY Rules

RULES FOR THE COMPETITION ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31St

  1. . $30 per person nonrefundable entry fee. Payment and the registration form must be
    done online on or before Friday August 26th, 2016. Entry fee includes State Fair admission and
    parking for the day of the competition. These tickets will be mailed to you—prior to competition.
    2. Each entry will consist of two designs. One bridal bouquet and one designer choice. The
    wholesale cost of the both entries combined must not exceed $100 (at least 50% being fresh
    product). Each entry must include a product list with costs completed in
    detail. Every product used needs a fair market value assigned. Containers or accessories must not
    dominate the floral arrangement and must be available on the wholesale/retail market. Props are not
    allowed, a vase or stand is allowed to display your bridal bouquet cost not included.
    3. Design must convey the “Color Carnival” theme. Each design must fit in the designated size 30” L
    x 30” W. There is no height restriction for any arrangement. Entries will be limited to one set per
    person. Designs will be split into different areas for display. Electrical outlets are not
    available. A 3×5 card can be added to explain your design interpretation– do not include any
    business identification on this card or it will be removed. Business cards can be placed by
    designs after judging is complete.
    4. Designs can be brought to the Horticulture Building from 6:00 am to 8:30 am. Your entry must be
    checked in by 8:30 AM. The room will be cleared at 8:45. Anyone arriving after 8:30 will be
    disqualified– plan according traffic and parking will be backed up. Judging will take place from
    9:00 -12pm – Room will open for viewing at noon. Results will be posted by 3:00 pm.
    5. All designs must be complete when you check in with MNSFA staff at the registration table in the
    Horticulture Building. You will receive information with your entry number. You may only fine tune
    your design at this time. Place the item number and completed product list within the display
    space. Please clean up your area.
    6. A panel of at least 5 qualified judges will evaluate each design. Your score is determined by
    discarding the highest and lowest score of each design and then the average of the three remaining
    scores will determine the final value of each design. A combined score of 150 points or above will
    receive a Blue ribbon; score of 125-149 points will receive a Red ribbon and score of 100-124 will
    receive a White ribbon. A separate judge from a local wholesaler will serve as cost/product judge
    to verify prices and measure size. Judging sheets will be available after 5 pm at the registration
    desk of the display room.
    7. After judging is complete at approx. noon -business cards or brochures may be left in front of
    your entries for public promotion of your business. No prize drawings, coupons or verbal promotion
    will be allowed.
    8. The top six combined scores receiving the highest point value will be awarded purple ribbons and
    are qualified for the final competition round the following day at 4:00 pm. You must be present at
    3pm for the final Surprise Package Design Off at 4pm.
    9. Your design must stay on display through 9pm, Thursday, Sept 1st. Designs can be picked up S
    between 9 and 9:15 pm. At 9:15 they will be discarded. MNSFA is not responsible to return designs
    or containers. Free entry and parking are allowed after
    9pm in the horticulture lot with a parking pass that you will be given.