- Convention Contests - Updated 5/20/2012

Hat Contest - Updated Rules added

The Hat Contest Returns!!!  For your hat to be judged go to the Registration desk by 4:00 pm. Friday and designate your hat category from one of the categories below.  Judging will occur during Saturday’s cocktail hour.

All hat creations will use a named hosta as the starting point. (The specific hosta is NOT required in the design.)  Each participant will enter his/her creation into one of four categories:

  1.  Most creative interpretation of:   Singing the Blues
  2.  Most creative interpretation of:   Name That Tune   
  3.  Most creative interpretation of:   A Southern Picnic
  4.  Most creative interpretation of:   It’s Cocktail Time        

First, Second, and Third ribbons will be awarded in each category.  A “Best of Class ”will be chosen from the first place winners in the four above categories.

The Hat Contest Information:

How to enter. Contestant must register prior to Friday @ 4 p.m.

  • Each entrant will be given 4 entry forms on which to write Class and name of hosta represented
  • The attendee's convention registration number must also be written on the card.
  • The Hat Contest will be held Saturday, June 15th during the evening Reception
  • Four judges will be seated at tables in the Hotel Foyar from 5:30p until 6:45p.
  • Each contestant is responsible for visiting each judge.
  • No hats will be judged after 6:45p.

The Judges will use the following Criteria when considering the Hats:

  • Does the hat fit the Class Name? (up to 10 points)
  • How well does the design represent the hosta chosen by the exhibitor?                        (up to 10 points)
  • Originality of Design? (up to 10 points)
  • Execution of design? (up to 10 points)
  • Is the hat Memorable/Distinct? (up to 10 points)

Total Points Possible = 50

Ribbons will be awarded to the winners in each Class:

  • The Hats in Class 1 with the highest number of points = 1st place
  • The Hats in Class 1 with the next highest number of points = 2nd place
  • The Hats in Class 1 with the next highest number of points = 3rd place
  • The Hats in Class 1 with the next highest number of points = 4th place

The process will be repeated for Class 2, Class 3, and Class 4

During the banquet, Winners will be asked to participate in a Parade of Hats and ribbons will be awarded.


Photography Contest

There are 4 classes that you may enter your photographs, they are:

  Class 1:  Hosta Flowers”- single or clusters of flowers, or full plant with flowering scapes.
  Class 2:  Macro Photograph of Hostas”- open to interpretation
  Class 3:  Yard Art”-One man’s trash is another man’s art.
  Class 4:  “Hostas and Friends - hostas with other shade tolerant plants. 

 The photograph contest rules are:

  1. Entries will be accepted Wednesday 10 am-12 pm and 3 pm-9 pm
  2. Each exhibitor may enter one entry in each Class above
  3. Photographs must be un-matted, and may be color, or black and white 
  4. Size must not exceed 12 inches on the longest side
  5. Photographs can be as taken by the camera or edited by any photo processing program
  6. Photographs will be judged by local camera club members.
  7. Ribbons will be awarded in each Class.
  8. Entries will remain hanging until 5:15 pm on Saturday