DOY Rules

MNSFA 2019 Designer of the year final 2.0

  1. RULES FOR THE MNSFA COMPETITION, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28th, 2019
    Theme: Under the Sea
    Bring a creative design that interprets theme to inspire fair attendees.
    Each design category (Designer Choice and Best use of Roses)
    Categories will be evaluated separately.
    Top 10 awards given in each category $50.00 prize and trophy. To qualify for top 6 live design-off, you must participate in both categories. Scores will be combined to determine six finalists. Live design-off at The Dirt Stage at 6pm.
    1. $35 per person nonrefundable entry fee. Payment and the registration form must be done online on or before Friday, August 23rd, 2019. Entry fee includes State Fair admission and parking for the day of the competition. The entry tickets and parking pass will be mailed to you—prior to competition. Registrations after the 23rd will need to arrange pick up of tickets and pass. A ticket is necessary to drop off arrangement.
    2. Each entry will consist of two designs: one “Designer Choice” and one “Best use of Roses”. The wholesale cost of the each entry must not exceed $75.00 wholesale (at least 60% being fresh product). The entry must include a product list with costs completed in detail for each design. Every product used needs a fair market value assigned. Any additional props used must be included in arrangement cost.
    3. Designs must convey the “Under the Sea” theme. Each design must fit in the designated size 30” L x 24” W. There is no height restriction for any arrangement. Entries will be limited to one set per person. Designs will be split into different areas for display & they do not need to coordinate. Electrical outlets are not available.
    4. Requirement** A 3 x5 card MUST be added to each design to e xpla in your design in terpretation and how it relates to the theme. ** Two different arrangements can be shown. They are not evaluated as a set. Do not include any business identification on this card or it will be disqualified.
    **Changed to requirement -this prompted lots of interaction for viewing audience.
    5. Designs can be brought to the Horticulture Building from 6:00 am to 7:30 am. Your entry must be checked in by 7:45 AM. The room will be cleared at 8:00. Anyone arriving after 8:00 will be disqualified. Plan accordingly. Traffic and parking will be backed up. Judging will take place from 8:15 –11pm. Room will open for viewing as soon as judging is finished. Results will be posted and finalists notified by 2:00 pm.
    6. All designs must be complete when you check in with MNSFA staff at the registration table in the Horticulture Building. You will receive information and draw your entry numbers. You may only fine tune your design at this time. Place the item number and completed product list within the assigned display space. Please clean up your area. Storage boxes may be placed under skirted table. You must sign instruction sheet for pickup or disposal of your arrangement.
    7. A panel of at least 5 qualified judges will evaluate each design. Your score is determined by discarding the highest and lowest score of each design and then the average of the three remaining scores will determine the final value of each design. A separate judge from a local wholesaler will serve as cost/product judge to verify costs listed and measure size. Judging sheets will be available after 4:00 pm at the registration desk of the display room.
    8. After judging is complete, business cards or brochures may be left by your entries for public promotion of your business. No prize drawings or coupons will be allowed. If you want volunteers to place by designs, bring them in a zip lock baggie to the check-in desk so they can be labeled correctly and stored for restock.
    9. The top six combined scores will be awarded purple ribbons and are qualified for the live surprise package design-off competition at 6:00 pm. Finalists need to be present at 5pm & meet at “The Peg Restaurant” on the side of the horticulture building.
    10. Your design must stay on display through 9:00 pm on Thursday, Aug 30th. Designs can be
    picked up between 9 and 9:15 pm. At 9:1 5, floral d esig ns will be discarded u nless prior arrangem ents
    have b een m ade. We must clear room by 9:30 pm. MNSFA is not responsible to return designs or containers. Free entry and parking are allowed after 9pm in the horticulture lot with the supplied parking pass.