Cut Flowers with a Twist at the Dixon May Fair

The Dixon May Fair has been around for years, the cut-flower contest bringing many contestants. Flowers anywhere, from miniature red roses to weeds have been entered in the various categories of arrangement. The fair is held from the 8th of May to the 11th.

Letha Cannon, 101, right, and her daughter Ruth LeberThough the paperwork for the fair is due fairly early on, the contestants and exhibitors deliver their arrangements only a day before the fair.

One of the oldest exhibitors at the fair is 101 years old. Almost everybody calls Letha Cannon of Dixon, “Grandma.” According to tradition she has entered African violets every year. This year her daughter Ruth Leber will enter as well.

There are many divisions in this contest, perennials, tall bearded iris, flowering shrubs, annuals, petunias, pansies, and violas, with the most popular being miniature roses.

There is a special category for those who are not so at home in the garden called, “largest weed.” The only rule is that the exhibitor must know what type of weed they are showing. The giant reed is one the largest types of weeds found on the banks of creeks.

This is one of the oldest fairs in the state of Texas at 133 years of age.

[Via: DailyDemocrat]

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