For the first time in the history of the event, the 2015 Washington D.C. Fair will feature a marijuana growing competition.
With the legalization of cannabis being enacted in D.C. five months ago, this competition is an opportunity for citizens to show off their green thumbs. It will be called the “Best Buds” category, adding it to a list of other contests including homebrew and pickled food competitions.
Each plant will be judged in four categories:
- Appearance: How well is the plant manicured and does it have trichomes?
- Touch: Does the stem snap? How sticky is the plant?
- Odor: What is the smell like and is it sweet, spicy or murky?
- Story: Was the light used artificial or natural? Grown in soil or hydroponically? Was the plant grown organically?
The entries will not be judged on how high, nor the type of high that results when consumed because the fair must follow the law — it is illegal to smoke in a public place.
Anna Tauzin, a board member and outreach director for the fair, stated:
“Now that it’s legal for residents of the District to grow their own plants, we wanted a way to highlight this new freedom while also showing off the agricultural talents of the District’s people.”
The judges for the competition have not been selected yet, but are expected to be a mix of cannabis experts from around the area. After the Denver County Fair canceled their Pot Pavillon exhibit, it appears that the D.C. Fair will be one of the few featuring cannabis themed events.
The winner will receive a blue ribbon and other items from local businesses.