Projects, Contests & Activities

For additional information, consult the project chairperson: Martha Caudill, 978 Mountain Road, York Springs, PA 17372. Phone: 717 713-0262. Email:

Horticultural Demonstration Contest

This contest is designed to give the contestants the opportunity to demonstrate how to perform a selected task in horticulture including production and marketing procedures and the potential use of specific plants or plant products.

Examples of plant products are vegetables, fruits, and nuts, flowers, turf, woody ornamentals, etc.

Who Can Participate

Individuals ages 5-22 may participate in one of four age categories:

A. 5-9 year olds
B. 10-14 year olds
C. 15-18 year olds
D. 19-22 year olds (along with previous Grand National Award Winners)

Individuals or teams compromised of two people with the age of the oldest person defining the age category they compete in.

Topic Divisons

Participants prepare and present a demonstration in one of six divisions:

Division A. Artistic Arrangement: The use of cut flowers and other horticultural products in arrangements, corsages, plaques, etc. Materials may be live or dried. Weeds and native materials may also be used. Artificial plants, flowers, and silks are not allowed.

Division B. Landscaping: Any practice that has to do with arrangement, establishment, and maintenance of flowers, ornamental plants, and turf around or within the home, business or public grounds. (Demonstrations on growing landscape materials should be entered in the production division).

Division C. Marketing: Procedures in preparing horticultural crops for market such as offering products for sale to a buyer, preparing products for storage, or preparing them for exhibition.

Division D. Production: Any practice that has to do with production of any horticultural crop or maintaining, replenishing, or increasing the soil productivity.

Division E. Use: Preparing fruits or vegetables for human consumption (cooking, canning, freezing, or dehydration) or preparing other plant products in and around the home (excluding all types of floral arrangements). Crafts made from horticultural products may be entered here. The State leader of participants needing an oven for baked goods is responsible for making these arrangements.

Division F. Advanced: This division is for youth who are 19-22 years old or who are previous Grand National Award Winners in Divisions A-E. Participants should choose a topic from one of the other five divisions.

Project Requirements

The following rules apply to all divisions:

1. No individual or team will be allowed to present the same demonstration in successive years.

2. There is no minimum time limit. The maximum time limit is 15 minutes. Demonstrations over this time limit will be penalized. Set-up and take-down time is not included in the 15 minutes allotted for the demonstration.

3. A state may enter up to two demonstrations (individual and/or team) in each of the five divisions for youth age 15-18.

4. A state may enter up to two demonstrations (individual and/or team) in the Advanced Division for youth in the 19-22 age group.

5. Individuals may participate in this contest only one time each year.

6. At the end of the presentation the judges will have the right to ask questions. Questions will not be allowed from any individual other than the judge(s).

7. Presentation must be a demonstration. See side bar for details.

8. Participants are responsible for bringing everything they need for their presentation. This includes easels, extension cords, bowls, tablecloths, utensils, etc. Although every effort will be made to have a refrigerator and stove accessible, there is no guarantee. Demonstration mirrors are unavailable.

9. One 6-foot table is furnished for the demonstrator. When possible, an additional table will be placed behind the demonstrator.

10. Prior to beginning, the demonstrator will fill out the scorecard(s) for the judge(s) with his or her name, address, and coach’s name.

11. Open flames are prohibited in any portion of the demonstration.


National Award Winners: Up to three individuals/teams may be chosen to receive a medal in each of the six divisions for each age category. National Award Winners are eligible to return for competition the following year in the same age category of the same Topic Division.

Grand National Award Winner: One individual or one team may be chosen to receive a medal in each of the six divisions. The Grand National Award winner is not eligible for further competition in the same age category of the same Topic Division. A Grand National Award Winner in the 15-18 year old category may return the following year in the Advanced Division, even though he or she may not be 19 years old. Only Grand National winners in the 15-18 and 19-22 divisions may receive a cash award up to $100.00.

If there are no entries or entries are not of sufficient quality, an award may not be given.

Awards Sponsor for all 6 Divisions

(Marketing, Use, Artistic Arrangement, Landscaping, Production, and Advanced):

NJH Alumni Association
Martha Caudill, President
978 Mountain Road
York Springs, PA 17372
Phone: (717) 713-0262

Entry Deadline

September 15.