Garlic Growing Contest

The Big, The Small & The Not-So-Ugly

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Contest Info:

Garlic Contest Gary & Carl 2014Blue ribbons, bragging rights and big garlic: the Minnesota Garlic Festival announces the Annual “Garlic Growers & Gardeners Contest: The Big, The Small and The Not-So-Ugly” to be held during the festival at the McLeod County Fairgrounds in Hutchinson on August 15, 2015.

2015 Garlic Contest Winners

Category Winner Variety weight (g)
Artichoke Susan Johnson, Hawk’s Brain Garlic Red Toch 114.6
Asiatic Susan Johnson, Hawk’s Brain Garlic Asian Tempest 71.5
Creole Susan Johnson, Hawk’s Brain Garlic Ajo Rojo 100.2
Glazed Purple Stripe Susan Johnson, Hawk’s Brain Garlic Purple Glazer 93
Marbled Purple Stripe Paul Schmidt, Sunfresh Foods Krasnodar 66.8
Porcelain Bruce Bacon Music 175.3
Purple Stripe Tom and Maria Coffman, Coffman Garlic and Apples Chesnok Red 140.1
Rocambole Russ Swenson, Jessica and Les Olson, Big Stone Garlic German Red 130.4
Silverskin Susan Johnson, Hawk’s Brain Garlic Silver White 74.5
Turban Susan Johnson, Hawk’s Brain Garlic Red Janice 85
Smallest Carol Schmidt unknown 1.45
Best in Show Jerry Ford and Marienne Kreitlow, Living Song Farm German Porcelain 150.1
Best Makeover Janie and Jean Schrauth St. Garnick
Makeover 2nd Place Robin and Kurt Walstrom, Walstrom Farms Star Wars

There’s lots more information below, but first – the forms:

The contest will be open to all garlic grown in Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, and Iowa.

There will be prizes for BEST IN SHOW and SMALLEST heads overall, and a prize for the BIGGEST HEADS in each of ten garlic categories:

  • Artichoke
  • Asiatic
  • Creole
  • Glazed Purple Stripe
  • Marbled Purple Stripe
  • Porcelain
  • Purple Stripe
  • Rocambole
  • Silverskin
  • Turban

Holy Garlic BatmanFinally, you can enter your creative garlic creations in the “GARLIC MAKEOVER” category.  The Best Garlic Makeover winners will be determined by voting.  Anyone may vote.  Repeatedly. Votes will cost 25 cents each.  Winner will get 10% of take.  The rest of the money goes to Crow River Sustainable Farming Association to support sustainable farming education.

There are two division in the Garlic Makeover Contest:
– Youth Division: 12 and under
– Adult Division: 13 and up

The winning entry (picture) in 2013 was called “Holy Garlic, Batman!” and was from Living Song Farm.



Garlic head size will be determined by weight.

There is no fee to participate, though you must bring your bulbs to the festival on August 15, 2015.

Awards include products from our sponsors and vendors, award ribbons, and some other fabulous prizes.  And if you win the most GARLIC MAKEOVER votes, there’s some cash in it for you.

Winners will be announced in an award ceremony on The Local Foods Stage at 3:00 p.m-ish.

Contest Director’s GARLIC GROWING TIPS

Here are tips from contest mastermind, Carol Schmidt, on how to get the BIGGEST bulbs:

  1. Select the largest cloves for planting.
  2. Plant them with plenty of room—at least 8 inches in all directions.
  3. Fertilize before planting, when the sprouts first appear in the spring and lightly every two weeks till about one month before harvest.
  4. Eliminate all weeds.
  5. Cut the scapes on hardneck varieties as soon as they appear.

And here’s Carol’s tips on how to get the SMALLEST heads:

  1. Dig a trench about four inches deep and six inches wide.
  2. Throw in willy-nilly all the smallest cloves you have, keeping them as close together as possible.
  3. Do not fertilize water or weed.
  4. Play Barry Manilow Music to the plants 24/7 at 110 decibels.

Some Previous Contest Winners

Gary Klingelhoets cropped

Susan Johnson CroppedSusan Johnson

Gary Klingelhoets

Jerry Ford, Living Song Farm, 2015 "Best in Show"

Jerry Ford, Living Song Farm, 2015 “Best in Show”

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