The Big, The Small & The Not-So-Ugly
Blue 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 9, 2014.
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:
- Glazed Purple Stripe
- Marbled Purple Stripe
- Purple Stripe
Finally, you can enter your creative garlic creations in the “GARLIC MAKEOVER” category. The Best Garlic Makeover winner 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.
The winning entry (at left) 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 9, 2014.
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.
——– Contest Director’s GARLIC GROWING TIPS ———
Here are tips from contest mastermind, Carol Schmidt, on how to get the BIGGEST bulbs:
- Select the largest cloves for planting.
- Plant them with plenty of room—at least 8 inches in all directions.
- Fertilize before planting, when the sprouts first appear in the spring and lightly every two weeks till about one month before harvest.
- Eliminate all weeds.
- Cut the scapes on hardneck varieties as soon as they appear.
And here’s Carol’s tips on how to get the SMALLEST heads:
- Dig a trench about four inches deep and six inches wide.
- Throw in willy-nilly all the smallest cloves you have, keeping them as close together as possible.
- Do not fertilize water or weed.
- Play Barry Manilow Music to the plants 24/7 at 110 decibels.
———2013 Contest Winners———