Frederick County 4-H members were well represented at the Maryland State Horticulture Judging Contest held at the Maryland State Fair on Aug. 31. The contest consisted of identifying flowers, vegetables and herbs, fruit and nuts, ornamentals (trees, shrubs, vines) and pests (insects, weeds and diseases) and eight quality judging classes. The senior contestants also had a written exam. The contest is based on the National Junior Horticulture Association identification lists.
In the junior division, Ainsley Hoffman placed fifth overall, getting third in flowers, sixth in both vegetables and pests, and seventh in both fruits and nuts, and ornamentals.
In the intermediate division, the team placed first in the state. Kendall Cole placed second overall, first in vegetables and herbs, third in flowers, fruits and nuts, vegetables, ornamentals and pests categories. Kira Anderson placed third overall, first in pests, second in flowers, fourth in vegetables as well as fruit and nuts, and fifth in ornamentals. Liam Grogan placed fifth overall, second in fruit and nuts, fifth in flowers, vegetables, and pests; and captured sixth in ornamentals. Mia Ogg placed sixth overall, second in ornamentals, fifth in fruit and nuts, sixth in flowers, eighth in ornamentals, and 10th in pests. Annaelle LeGuellec, first year member, placed eigth overall, sixth in vegetables, seventh in pests, eighth in ornamentals, and ninth in both flowers and fruits.
In the senior division, the team placed second. Emma Greeves gets to be on the state team representing Maryland at the National Contest in Nebraska in October. Emma placed fourth overall, second in vegetables, third in flowers, fourth in ornamentals, fifth pests and the written exam, and seventh in fruit and nuts. Capturing fifth place overall was Ethan Rembold, another first year member. Ethan placed second in fruits and nuts, third on the exam, sixth on pests, eighth on flowers, ninth in vegetables, and 10th on ornamentals. Following closely was Meghan Cole who was sixth overall, third in fruits and nuts, vegetables, and pests, fifth in flowers, sixth on the exam, and ninth on ornamentals.
Myrtle Sturtz, head coach, and Susan Trice, Extension principal associate agent for the University of Maryland Extension, and several Master Gardener interns: Cinda Eagles-Murphy, Deb Kallgren, Amy Rembold, Rose Rippeon and Stacey Schoo, helped to train these members. The team practiced every Tuesday at the 4-H Office during the summer.