Huge GTFA Participation at this Year's NC State Fair

Each year, the NC State Fair is our biggest fundraiser for the Greater Triangle Florist Association!  There was a great turnout this year.  There was only one slot that didn't get filled.  A lot of that was because of the help from our President, Danny Hinton and Theresa, the new manager at Cleveland Plant and Flower who offered to transport entries to and from the fairgrounds for those who had no transport.  We owe them a great thanks.  We also owe a great thanks to Pat Murray (Lifetime NCSFA member) for lining up all of our judges and making the entire process run smoothly.  We also picked up some new members who participated at the fair.  There were three shows with five categories and ribbons for places 1st thru 4th.  Also, each competition had a "Best in Show" winner as well.

Author: Sarah Callahan, GTFA Secretary

Door Piece: The Seasons of NC

Create a door piece representing one of the four seasons.  Pick any season you would like and make sure that season is showcased.  Your entry will hang on a display door with your provided hanger.

Bridal:  Fall in North Carolina

It's fall wedding season in the South.  Create something for a fall Carolina bride to carry down the aisle.  Can be a bouquet, cascade, or other structure as long as it can be carried.  Must be no longer or wider than 2 feet.  Please provide a holder or sturdy vase with your name on the bottom for all entries.

Surprise: Spring in North Carolina

Spring has Sprung!  Create an arrangement fit for a spring Carolina afternoon tea party.

Sympathy: Summer in NC

Create a memorial piece for an avid gardener who's favorite time of year was summer using some of the things that would have been in their garden blooming at that time.  No easels and the piece dimensions may not exceed 3x3 ft.

NC Products:  Winter in North Carolina

Create a Winter centerpiece composed primarily of greenery and other natural items.  Examples may include (but do not have to include) evergreens, magnolia, berries, pine cones, and you may also include dried materials.  Must contain products that are native or grow in North Carolina.

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Here's How Everyone Placed in Each Showing

First Show (Oct. 12th)

NC Products:
  • 1st Place - Brandi's Botanicals (BEST IN SHOW)
  • 2nd Place - Wake Forest Florist
  • 3rd Place - Southern Belle Florist
  • 4th Place - John's Flower Shop
Surprise:
  • 1st Place - Brandi's Botanicals
  • 2nd Place - Bloomies on 42
  • 3rd Place - Wake Forest Florist
  • 4th Place - John's Flower Shop
Sympathy:
  • 1st Place - Wake Forest Florist
  • 2nd Place - Southern Belle Florist
  • 3rd Place - Flower Gurl
  • 4th Place - Bloomies on 42
Bridal:
  • 1st Place - Venetian Gardens
  • 2nd Place - Brandi's Botanicals
  • 3rd Place - Wake Forest Florist
  • 4th Place - Watered Garden Florist
Door Design:
  • 1st Place - Flower Gurl
  • 2nd Place - Brandi's Botanicals
  • 3rd Place - Venetian Gardens
  • 4th Place - No Show

Second Show (Oct. 16th)

NC Products:
  • 1st Place - Cleveland Plant & Flower
  • 2nd Place - Flower Gurl
  • 3rd Place - Wake Forest Florist
  • 4th Place - Knightdale Florist
Surprise:
  • 1st Place - Jodi McLeod
  • 2nd Place - Flower Gurl
  • 3rd Place - North Raleigh Florist
  • 4th Place - Falls Lake Florist
Sympathy:
  • 1st Place - Jodi McLeod (BEST IN SHOW)
  • 2nd Place - Wake Forest Florist
  • 3rd Place - Watkins Flowers of Distinction
  • 4th Place - Brandi's Botanicals
Bridal:
  • 1st Place - Purple Poppy Florist
  • 2nd Place - Flower Gurl
  • 3rd Place - John's Flower Shop
  • 4th Place - Brandi's Botanicals
Door Design:
  • 1st Place - Cleveland Plant & Flower
  • 2nd Place - Falls Lake Florist
  • 3rd Place - Great Blooms Florist
  • 4th Place - Brandi's Botanicals

Third Show (Oct. 19th)

Bridal:
  • 1st Place - Floral Dimensions
  • 2nd Place - North Raleigh Florist
  • 3rd Place - Watkins Flowers of Distinction
  • 4th Place - Bloom Works
Sympathy:
  • 1st Place - Watkins Flowers of Distinction (BEST IN SHOW)
  • 2nd Place - Floral Dimensions
  • 3rd Place - Great Blooms
  • 4th Place - Flower Gurl
Surprise:
  • 1st Place - Wake Forest Florist
  • 2nd Place - Watkins Flowers of Distinction
  • 3rd Place - Purple Poppy Florist
  • 4th Place - Great Blooms
NC Products:
  • 1st Place - Floral Dimensions
  • 2nd Place - Purple Poppy Florist
  • 3rd Place - Brandi's Botanicals
  • 4th Place - Flower Gurl
Door Design:
  • 1st Place - Great Blooms
  • 2nd Place - Purple Poppy Florist
  • 3rd Place - Floral Dimensions
  • 4th Place - Great Blooms

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NC Treadaway Cup 2017
The first 14 entries on or before August 4, 2017 will be accepted for this competition. Contestants must be full-time employees of a voting member shop for at least six months immediately prior to the contest not limited to one voting member shop. Full-time is defined as twenty cumulative working hours per week in a voting member shop. Entrants will interpret a given piece of art with a fresh and/or dried material floral design within a four foot square area for display. The art piece to be interpreted will be made known to all entrants in advance, and each entrant will be responsible for all materials needed for the display including props, tables, etc. The entries will be on display to the public. Entries will be judged on interpretation, scale, color harmony, and design mechanics. The winner will be announced at the convention on Sunday, August 13th, 2017.
A $1,000 Scholarship will be awarded to the winning designer for advance study in Floral Design.
NC State Dogwood Cup
The Dogwood Cup competition will have a new twist this year! The competition will be presented as an on-stage program where designers will be interpreting the idea of "Life of a Mountain Bog", an art exhibit that will be on display at the Arboretum. Each contestant will be given a table space to work on. Designs will be done on a 32"x30" removable board, as they will be left on display the entire next week at the Arboretum and also featured on our new website. All designs must fit on the provided board or will be disqualified. Each participating designer will be provided with the same flowers. The competition will be limited to the first 10 entries, so get your entry now.
The Winner's Award as yet to be determined by the Board.
Designer of the Year Competition
The number of contestants may not exceed 24. Entries will be determined by the order in which their entry was received by the contest Chairman. Contestant must be a full-time employee of a wholesale florist or voting member shop for at least six months immediately prior to the contest. Employment at a voting member's who is not limited to the same shop within said six months, but a total of six months employment in a member shop or shops prior to the contest is required. The member shop(s) must also be in good standing for six months prior to convention. "Full-time" is defined as twenty cumulative working hours per week in a voting member retail shop or shops or wholesale florist. Contestants may not use any materials or supplies other than what is provided by the committee. Only fresh and/or natural flowers and/or foliage is allowed.
The NC Designer of the Year will receive a check for two hundred fifty dollars ($250)
MASK Competition
Any person registered for the convention may enter. Must be in good taste. Contest Chairman and President will decide. All supplies and materials will be provided by the entrant. Fresh, dried, and/or permanent flowers may be used.

Only one mask per person, or should a group do coordinating masks, for example; Three little pigs, the group has to let the committee know so entry can be judged as one unit.

May be worn by the designer or a model. Three qualified impartial judges will be selected by the judging committee. First and second place winners will be determined.
Monetary Awards will be determined by the Board, subject to sponsorship.
CENTERPIECE Competition
Any member of the NCSFA registered for the convention may enter. Centerpiece size must be functional and not interfere with place settings, condiments, etc. Must adhere to the theme of the convention for that year. No artificial flowers allowed. Only fresh, dried or natural materials/flowers may be used. Three qualified impartial judges will be selected by the judging committee. The wholesale price of the entry must not exceed $100 including fresh flowers, props, dried and natural materials. Entrant must submit an itemized list of materials and cost to Committee Chairperson.
Prizes will be awarded for 1st and 2nd place which will be procured by the TAP committee.
HEADDRESS Competition
Any member of the NCSFA registered for the convention may enter. Centerpiece size must be functional and not interfere with place settings, condiments, etc. Must adhere to the theme of the convention for that year. No artificial flowers allowed. Only fresh, dried or natural materials/flowers may be used. Three qualified impartial judges will be selected by the judging committee. The wholesale price of the entry must not exceed $100 including fresh flowers, props, dried and natural materials. Entrant must submit an itemized list of materials and cost to Committee Chairperson.
Monetary prize awards will be determined by the Board,
subject to sponsorship.
Body Flowers Competition
Any member of the NCSFA registered for the convention may enter. Must be in good taste. Contest Chairman and President will decide. May consist of fresh flowers, dried and/or natural materials, and/or permanent botanicals. No back or neck braces will be allowed; may pin into hair or onto hat form. Two walk-throughs are allowed. Arrangements must be worn by one person without assistance. Body flowers may be worn by male or female. Prizes will be given for first and second place with a minimum of 5 entries. Four entries or less, only one winner.
TAP Committee will procure the Prizes.
Miniatures Competition
Any member of the NCSFA registered for the convention may enter. Design must fit within a five inch (5") square. The design of the miniature entry must be consistent with the convention theme or theme provided by the Miniature Committee. Design may be fresh, dried, silk, or any combination. Each person may enter one design. Entrants may enter succeeding years, even if a winner in previous years. Awards for Winner, 1st and 2nd Runners up will be given. Three qualified impartial judges will be selected by the judging committee.
Chairman brings trophies engraved to Awards Function