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'The Great Verwood Grow Off' Rules

The spirit of "The Great Verwood Grow Off" is about having fun, however we acknowledge that this is a competition and therefore the following rules will be followed.


1. Eligibility of Competitors.

The entrant must be aged between 3 and 15 years old on 16 September 2024.  All entries must be made with the consent of a parent or guardian.  A 'Photo Usage Agreement' form must be filled in and signed by the parent or guardian of the entrant.  Forms will be provided on Show Day 16 September 2024 or per the Entry Form.

2. Exhibits.

These must be the property of the exhibitor and must have been grown from seed, owned, and cared for by the exhibitor. 

3. Entry Fee.

There are no fees for the Show.

4. Number of Entries Allowed.

No competitor may enter more than one exhibit in any class.  A competitor can enter all 3 classes of "The Great Verwood Grow Off"

5. Acceptance of Entries.

The Committee reserves the right to refuse any entry, and in event of such refusal it is not required to give any reason or explanation.

6. Staging.

Entries can be brought to the Verwood Memorial Hall between 8.30am and 11am on 14 September 2024.  Whilst prime responsibility for ensuring that entries conform to class requirements rests with the exhibitor, committee members and/or Show Stewards will give assistance during staging wherever possible.  Exhibits which may need to be moved for staging purposes will be done by Committee/Show Stewards only.  At the end of the staging period all persons must leave the Show premises with the exception of those on duty or those detained by the Show Manager.

7. Exhibit Cards.

Each exhibit must bear a card provided by the Show Manager on the Show premises within the time allowed for staging and must be in position by the end of the staging period.  Exhibitors will be responsible for checking the particulars given on the card and for placing them face downwards on the Show bench.

8. Rules for Judging.

(a) Decisions.  The decision of the Judges shall be final and the decision of the Committee shall be final on all matters connected with the Show.

(b) Measuring

i) Sunflowers - the metric measurements submitted by the entrant will be used to determine the tallest sunflower.  The tallest sunflower will be awarded the prize.  Photographic evidence showing the entrant with the sunflower must be submitted - either a photo or printed photo.  This image will be used as part of the Show display and will be available to the public to view.

ii) Calendula - the Judge will examine the entries and determine 1st, 2nd, 3rd prize depending on which vases they deem to be “most beautiful”.  The entries will be judged blind.  Judge’s decision is final.  1st place will be awarded the prize.  See Section 10 for rules. 

iii) Pumpkin - the Judge will weigh the pumpkin entries using the same measuring scales for all entries.  The heaviest pumpkin will be awarded the prize.

(c) Protests.  Any protest must be delivered in writing to the Show Secretary while the Show is still open.

(d) Alteration of Exhibits.  Between the time fixed for the completion of the staging and the closing hour of the Show, no exhibit may be altered without the permission of the Show Manager.

9. Removal of Exhibits.

No exhibit may be removed before the end of the Show.  In the interest of visitors arriving late, this rule will be strictly enforced.

10. Liability of Loss.

All exhibits, personal property, etc. will be at the risk of the exhibitor at all times and the Committee will not be liable for loss or damage due to any cause whatsoever. 

11. Trophies.

All Trophies are perpetual and must be returned at least one week before the next respective show to the Show Manager in a clean, undamaged condition please.  Charges may be made for any damage incurred.  If not, you may be considered unsuitable to win a trophy the following year.  You might be asked to pay for any loss or damage while the trophy is in your care.

12. Prizes.

Any prize voucher won cannot be exchanged for an alternative.

13. Photos

Photographs may be taken as part of the Autumn Show and used as publicity with local press and on the VDHS website.

Good luck...and have fun!

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