See details below for the following categories.
General rules for product contests
All rulings of contests by judges are final.
2020 Fiber and Wool
Vermont Sheep & Goat Association Fiber & Yarn categories sponsored by the Vermont Sheep and Goat Association (VSGA).
Reminder: Skeins will be returned to owners after the Vermont Farm Show via U.S. Mail.
180) One, 2-oz skein of white or natural color Vermont Wool Yarn – 2-ply Lace Weight (15 or more wpi.)
181) One, 2-oz. skein of white or natural color Vermont Wool Yarn – 2-ply Fingering or Sport Weight (12-15 wpi.)
182) One, 2-oz. skein of white or natural color Vermont Wool Yarn – 2-ply DK/Worsted Weight (8-12 wpi.)
183) One, 2-oz. skein of Llama, or Alpaca Yarn. Spinner’s choice.
184) One, 2-oz. skein of Novelty Yarn comprised of Vermont wool/alpaca/llama and/or other textile fibers. Spinner’s choice.
1. Contest is available to Vermont residents only.
2. Each entry must be wound into a skein of two-yard circumference and tied in two places.
3. Each entry must include a brief description of the fiber content and source, fiber preparation equipment/method(s), and yarn spinning/plying equipment/method(s).
4. Entries may be re-classed at the judge’s discretion.
5. Entries will be returned to those who entered.
Please remember to provide your name, address and contest category for each item entered in 2020.
Considerations for judging:
Judges will evaluate the following properties of each skein:
1. Consistency and appropriateness of twist in the individual singles.
2. Consistency and overall balance of twist in the plied yarn.
3. Overall consistency of yarn diameter and grist.
4. Relation of the yarn to desired breed-specific qualities.
5. Tactile qualities: cleanliness, debris, drape, handle, and elasticity.
For more information: Michael Hampton, Vermont Sheep & Goat Association 802-734-8615 or email@example.com
2019 VERMONT BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION
HONEY SHOW RULES & JUDGING CRITERIA
THE PURPOSE OF THE VBA HONEY SHOW IS TO PROVIDE A COMPETITIVE FORUM DIRECTED TOWARD IMPROVEMENT OF THE PRODUCTS WE OFFER TO THE PUBLIC. THIS DOCUMENT IS INTENDED TO ESTABLISH GUIDELINES TO CLEARLY DEFINE THE RULES/STANDARDS FOR YOU TO ACHIEVE THIS GOAL.
As the show is to be a competition, it is fundamental that all exhibitors know in advance the judging criteria for each class and follow the rules herein.
The Honey Show judging criteria are designed to reflect the skill of the exhibitor. Items over which the exhibitor has no direct control will be de-emphasized. For example, natural flavor or color of honey will not affect scoring, but alteration of either color or flavor in handling or preparation of the entry by the beekeeper will adversely affect the score. Likewise, manufacturing defects in glass jars and bottles will not affect scoring, but scratches, chips, or other handling damage on entry containers will adversely affect the score. Within reason, smudges, finger prints and travel dust will not affect the score until the VBA comes up with a sensible handling plan for transport and entry into the contest.
Honey Show judges may be professors of apiculture, or students of apiculture under a professional’s supervision, blue-ribbon winners of local, state and/or regional honey shows, or professionals judging in their fields, such as apiculture/honey production or cooking. Judges must completely fill out a score card for each entry. If an entry is disqualified, the reason for disqualification must be stated on the score card.
Judges should make comments on score cards in order to help the exhibitor improve. Judges must break all ties. Score cards are the property of the exhibitor. Entries are the property of the Vermont Farm Show.
GENERAL SHOW RULES
1. All exhibitors MUST BE current dues-paying members of the Vermont Beekeepers Association.
2. Only one entry in each class may be made by an individual or that individual’s family, or that individual’s apiary.
3. At the time of entering, the stewards will place a small label, with the exhibitor’s number and class, inconspicuously on the entry. The purpose of these small randomly numbered labels is to keep track of entries.
4. Separate section or class rules will apply.
5. Identifying labels on the entries are forbidden.
6. The exhibitor must choose into which classes to place entries. Judges may adjust classes at their discretion.
7. Entries can only be made during the hours published.
8. The decision of the judges in all cases will be final.
9. Entries will not be accepted by mail.
10. The Show Superintendent has the authority to accept, reject and classify entries in accordance with the show policies, rules and judging criteria.
11. Any exhibitor wishing to protest must do so to the Show Superintendent within one hour of the public opening of the show.
2019 Honey Show
120** One comb, section or cut
121* One, 1-lb jar of honey, extracted, light
122* One, 1-lb jar of honey, extracted, amber
123* One, 1-lb jar of honey, extracted, dark
124* One, 1-lb. jar of chunk honey
125* One, 1-lb jar of creamed honey
126*** One, opaque glass or ceramic jar containing any color of honey.
Two methods can be used when deciding into which extracted honey class your entries belong. The Pfund method uses a color scale available from bee supply houses. It is the most accurate method for determining honey color. While the most accurate, it is also the most costly and the least available to most beekeepers. For that reason, honey shows in the UK use colored glass squares. Rather than many colored slides, the grading glass system only requires two colored glass squares; one lighter and one darker.
Honey entries as light as or lighter than the light glass are classified as light.
Honey entries darker than the light glass but the same or lighter than the dark glass are classified as amber.
Honey entries darker than the dark glass are classified as dark.
Honey Show Rules
1. Entries in class 120 marked **, must be in the appropriate container: window cartons; round section lids – both sides transparent; cut-comb box – all sides transparent.
2. Entries in classes 121-123 marked *, must be in queenline or Gamber type jars, and may have plain metal or plastic lids.
3. Entries in classes 124-125, marked *, should be in cylindrical jars.
5. Honey color classes 121-123, will be determined by the show chairman. An official honey color grader may be used to make the final decision.
6. Entries in class 126, marked ***, must be in opaque glass or ceramic jar containing any color of honey.
7. All entries must be the product of the exhibitor’s apiary and have been produced since the previous show.
Comb Honey, Class: 120 MAX. POINTS 100
1. Uniformity of appearance 20
2. Absence of uncapped cells 10
3. Uniformity of color 15
4. Absence of watery cappings 10
5. Cleanliness and absence of travel stains 15
6. Freedom from granulation and pollen 10
7. Uniform weight of each section 10
8. Total weight of entry 10
Classes 121-123, MAX. POINTS 100
1. Density 20 (water content above 18.6% & below 15.5% will be disqualified)
2. Absence of crystals 7
3. Cleanliness 30 total (Without lint – 7; without dirt –10; without wax – 7; without foam - 6)
4. Flavor 8 (Points will be reduced ONLY for honey flavor adversely effected by processing)
5. Color 5
6. Container appearance 10
7. Accuracy/Uniformity of filling 20 (Headroom: ½ inch maximum, 3/8 inch minimum with no gap between honey level and cap)
Class: 124 MAX. POINTS 100
1. Neatness and uniformity of cut 20 (Upgrade for parallel & 4-sided cuts; downgrade for ragged edges)
2. Absence of watery cappings, uncapped cells and pollen 20
3. Cleanliness of product 20 (Down-grade for travel stains, foreign matter, wax, foam or crystallization)
4. Uniformity of appearance in capping structure, color, thickness of chunks and accuracy and uniformity of fill 20
5. Density and flavor of liquid portion of pack 20 (Entries will be disqualified for fermentation or moisture content of liquid portion above 18.6% & below 15.5%)
Class: 125 MAX. POINTS 100
1. Fineness of crystals 30
2. Uniformity & firmness of product 25
3. Cleanliness & freedom from foam 20
4. Flavor 15 (Points will be reduced for honey flavor adversely affected by processing). (Disqualified for fermentation)
5. Accuracy of filling and uniformity 10
Black Jar Class: 126 MAX. POINTS 100
1. To be judged solely on the merits of its taste
HONEY COOKERY SHOW
Class Description Class: 127
1. At least 25% of sweetening agent must be honey.
2. Entries must be accompanied by the recipe as used, printed on 3x5” cards in duplicate, without the name of the exhibitor.
3. VBA reserves the right to publish the recipes.
4. Entries must be presented on plain paper or foam plates, in dome top cake carriers, or on cardboard covered with foil. Plates and covers will not be furnished by the Show Committee.
5. Enter all cakes, pies, breads, rolls and muffins un-sliced.
Class 127: MAX. POINTS 100
General Appearance 20
Texture, grain, moisture, uniformity of color 25
Handling quality in serving 20
For further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
2019 Christmas Tree Categories
130) One, 6 to 8-foot Balsam Fir
131) One, 6 to 8-foot Fraser Fir
133) One, 6 to 8-foot Other Type
140) One 12-inch (metal ring diameter) double faced evergreen wreath decorated or un-decorated.
2020 Silage and Hay
Silage and Grains
191) Corn Silage – 1 quart jar *
192) Haylage – Grass – 1 quart jar*
193) Haylage – Legume – 1 quart jar*
194) Round bale Haylage – Baleage – 1 quart jar or Ziploc bag
195) Ear Corn/High Moisture Shell Corn - Ground up– 1 quart jar*
196) Corn Grain - Whole Kernel – 1 quart jar*
197) Cereal Grain (wheat/barley/oats/rye) – 1 quart jar*
198) Other Dry Grain (soybean, oilseed, other) – 1 quart jar*
201) Legume Hay - 1st cut – one 1/8 bale
202) Mixed Hay - 1st cut – one 1/8 bale
203) Grass Hay – 1st cut – one 1/8 bale
204) Legume Hay - 2nd cut – one 1/8 bale
205) Mixed Hay - 2nd cut – one 1/8 bale
206) Grass Hay - 2nd cut – one 1/8 bale
2019 Maple Products
Maple Products Categories
210) 1 package Indian Sugar (dry granulated)
211) 1 package Maple Cream
212) 1 package Maple Sugar Cakes
213) 1 package pure Maple Fudge with recipe (may contain cream, nuts, and/or butter)
214) Maple Specialty – using real VT maple syrup (Recipe must be submitted with entry)
Maple Syrup Categories
220) 1 pint Grade A Golden Color, Delicate Taste
221) 1 pint Grade A Amber Color, Rich Taste
222) 1 pint Grade A Dark Color, Robust Taste
223) 1 pint Grade A Very Dark Color, Strong Flavor
2020 Home Products
NEW for 2020 – we have added a youth division for all classes of Home Products as well as some new classes.
Home Products - Culinary
301) Yeast Breads – 1 loaf (may contain nuts, raisins, etc.)
302) Muffins – 6 (may contain nuts, raisins, etc.)
303) Quick Breads – 1 loaf ( may contain nuts, raisins, etc.)
304) Cake any type frosted or unfrosted
305) One or two crust pie – any flavor
306) Casserole featuring a Vermont product
307) Donuts – 6
308) Cookies featuring a Vt. product – 8-10
Home Products – Specialty
311) Relishes & Pickles – sweet, sour, dill, etc
313) Any other canned vegetable/fruit
Home Products – Eggs
314) One dozen large white
315) One dozen large brown
316) One dozen mixed colors
General Rules for Home Products
NEW for 2020 – we will have a youth division for all participants under the age of 19. Product must be made by the youth with limited supervision by an adult.
ALL ENTRIES must have the recipe attached – computer generated or handwritten – must be legible and neat.
Only one entry per class per person/farm.
Each entry will be will be judged on appearance, taste, texture, moistness, and crumb.
Pies will be judged on flakiness of crust as well as consistency of filling in addition to appearance, taste, and texture.
Canned goods must be canned in canning jars with appropriate lids, no recycled jars from other products.
Canned goods, pickles, relishes and salsa will be judged on appearance, taste, suitability of pack and canning method used.
Eggs will be judged on uniformity, shape, size, freshness, cleanliness, interior quality and shell quality.
Classes may be combined at the judge’s discretion for the awarding of premiums if there are not enough entries in the class.
Early Drop-offs: Entries may be dropped off at any UVM Extension Office, NRCD office in Newport, FSA office in White River Jct., no later than 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 27.
Items may also be delivered to the Vermont Farm Show (Champlain Valley Fair site Essex Junction) on Monday, Jan. 28 between 9 am and 4 pm.
Late entries will not be accepted.