The “Best Bud” contest will join the fair’s growing list of competitions, including knitting and crocheting contests, a contest for pickled food and a contest for homebrews.
“Now that it’s legal for residents of the District to grow their own plants, we wanted a way to highlight this new freedom while also showing off the agricultural talents of the District’s people,” says Anna Tauzin, who serves as Outreach Director for the State Fair.
Each cannabis plant will be judged based on four categories, according to an official competition form:
- Appearance: Is it well-manicured? Does it have Trichomes (sparkling crystals)?
- Odor: What does it smell like? Does it have a sweet, spicy, or murky smell?
- Touch: Is it sticky? Does the stem snap or bend?
- Your Story: Did you grow your plant organically? Did you use artificial light, natural light, or a combination? Was the plant grown hydroponically or in soil? All of this information and anything else you would like the judges to know should be included in the Your Story category below in the registration from.
Those interested in participating in the contest must have the entry form completed by September 5th. Contestants can drop off their entry at Old City Farm and Guild (925 Rhode Island Ave NW) on September 12th between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m, with judging beginning at approximately 4:20 p.m; winners will be announced after 6 p.m the same day.
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