The best and brightest agricultural achievements will be on display from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the annual Denton County Fruit, Vegetable, Herb and Flower Show.
The show, sponsored by the Denton Economic Development Partnership and Northstar Bank and usually held the second Saturday in June, is a chance for residents to show off their gardening work for ribbons, prize money and pride.
“It’s absolutely huge and the residents have just gone crazy. They are really excited to see individuals doing this in their own gardens,” said Kaye Gross, project manager for the event, which is held at the Denton Community Market in the Denton County Historical Park, located at 317 W. Mulberry St. in downtown Denton. “We’re all realizing we need good food, fresh food, and it’s showing children where the food comes from.”
She said a Master Gardener’s purpose is to educate the public so that they can grow their own food at home in their own gardens.
“Last year we had the best in show given to a child in the children’s division with an herb,” Gross said.
The show has adult and children’s divisions. Master Gardeners will judge the entrants. Registration begins at 9 a.m., and judging will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Prizes will be awarded by noon.
Some of the children’s items come from the children’s garden at Fairoaks Retirement Apartments.
“All the children there bring their stuff so they can show it; it’s just pride of ownership,” Gross said.
Gross said the attachment to the community market — a weekly art and produce market — has added to the atmosphere of the show.
“It’s so much fun looking to see what everyone else is doing,” she said.
Gross said local advertising and social media have helped bring in more people who want to see what is going on in area gardens.
“Everyone in the community would love to have the opportunity to show off their prized veggies, and this is your opportunity,” Gross said.
BJ LEWIS can be reached at 940-566-6875 and via Twitter at @BjlewisDRC.