‘Christmas in July’ Theme: Fairgoers will Choose Favorite Floral Arrangements at Oswego County Fair

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SANDY CREEK — The calendar may read July, but the Domestic Arts Building will be festively adorned with Christmas trees, holiday floral arrangements and table settings this year at the Oswego County Fair in Sandy Creek. Fairgoers will judge their favorite displays for themselves, and they’ll also have a chance to learn floral arranging tips from the professionals in two free demonstrations.

Nancy Dailey, chairwoman of the plants and flowers, and floral artistic design departments of the fair, has inaugurated several new features this season. The fair is celebrating its 151st year from Wednesday, July 2 through Sunday, July 6. Admission and parking are free.

With the exception of the three 8- by 8-foot garden design displays, all plants and floral arrangements will be judged and voted on by the public on Wednesday and Thursday, July 2 and 3. Winners will be announced on Friday, July 4.

It’s not too late to enter wreaths, floral arrangements, displays, pressed flowers, hanging plants, potted plants, and blooms. For details, contact Dailey at 298-4336 or visit the fair Web site at www.oswegocountyfair.org

Sean Pelkey of Flowers by Mr. John in Oswego will demonstrate Christmas floral arrangements at 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, July 2, and Sheila Nitsky will demonstrate at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 5.

The Oswego County Tree Growers Association has donated 11 evergreen trees for display in the Domestic Arts Building. They are being decorated by area community groups including scout troops, libraries, the Red Hat Society and the Pulaski Day Care Center.

One of the most popular features again this year will be the 8- by 8-foot garden design. The theme is “Winter Wonderland.” This category is limited to three entries using blooming and non-blooming plants, with all roots covered, and will be judged by a Master Gardener on Wednesday, July 2.

“It’s not too late to enter a plant, bloom, or Christmas arrangement,” said Dailey. “Please stop by the fairgrounds and enjoy the beautiful variety of flowers and greenery that were created right here in Oswego County.”