3rd Annual Garlic Growing Contest

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

Sponsored by Lucero Olive Oil


2013 Contest Winners

Gary Klingelhoets cropped

Susan Johnson CroppedBasically, whatever Susan Johnson didn’t win, Gary Klingelhoets did.  We’re going to make them both judges next year so everybody else has a chance.

Artichoke Inchelium Red Susan Johnson
Hawk’s Brain Garlic
119.36 4.26 oz
Asiatic Asian Tempest Susan Johnson
Hawk’s Brain Garlic
65.11 2.33 oz
Creole Ajo Rojo Susan Johnson
Hawk’s Brain Garlic
73.20 2.61 oz
Glazed Purple Stripe Purple Glazer Susan Johnson
Hawk’s Brain Garlic
60.62 2.17 oz
Marbled Purple Stripe Estonian Susan Johnson
Hawk’s Brain Garlic
149.09 5.32 oz
Porcelain Music Gary Klingelhoets
Green Acres
180.18 6.44 oz
Purple Stripe Chesnok Red Susan Johnson
Hawk’s Brain Garlic
84.45 3.02 oz
Rocambole German Red Gary Klingelhoets
Green Acres
143.75 5.13 oz
Silverskin Silverwhite Susan Johnson
Hawk’s Brain Garlic
68.72 2.45 oz
Turban Uzbek Carol Schmidt 48.53 1.73 oz
Garlic Makeover “The Garlic
Jerry Ford
Living Song Farm
Not weighed
Smallest ?? Carol Schmidt 4.26 .15 oz
Best in Show Music Gary Klingelhoets
Green Acres
165.51 Most perfect bulb of type

Contest Info:

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Blue ribbons, bragging rights and big garlic: the Minnesota Garlic Festival announces the 2nd 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.

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 winner will be determined by voting.  Anyone may vote.  Repeatedly. Votes will cost 25 cents each.  Winner will get 10% of take.

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 10, 2013.

Prizes include bottles of Lucero Olive Oil, award ribbons, and some other donated stuff.  And if you win the most GARLIC MAKEOVER votes, there’s some cash in it for you.
Contest Director’s GARLIC GROWING TIPSWinners will be announced in an award ceremony on The Local Foods Stage at 3:00 p.m.

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.