Open Class Flower Show at the Porter County Fair

Thursday, July 20 - Saturday, July 29, 2017

Our county’s suburban areas may be growing, but you can recapture the beauty of those good old bright and sunny country days when you enter your garden’s best in the Porter County Fair Open Class Flower Show.

It’s easier than you think to participate, and once you’ve entered, you’ll be hooked for summers to come.

The Open Class Flower Show is open to all amateur Porter County gardeners and features classes from roses to petunias, trees to fresh arrangements. Advance registration is not needed. Entries are submitted each day from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on three separate days during the Fair. Judges may award 1st, 2nd and 3rd Places, and Honorable Mentions stickers for each class. We even award Best of Class and Best of Show for each day!

Premiums by award are:

1st Place:   $5.00
2nd Place:  $4.00
3rd Place:   $3.00

Click here for a printable copy of the complete competition rules: 2016 FAIR BOOK

Printed books are also available at the Porter County Extension office. Please contact the extension office for hours and availability.

Thursday, July 20

Miniature Design

Standard Design

Bulbs, Tubers and Rhizomes

Grasses, Sedges & Rushes


Monday, July 24

Shrubs and Trees

Herbaceous Perennials


Thursday, July 27



Each Day of Competition 

On each day of competition, additional entries are accepted - two for the class open that day, and one not in the class open that day.  They are:

Any Other Worthy Specimen

Bouquet of 5 Different Specimans (Must be in a clear vase)

Catchall - Any entry that does not belong in the class open that day (Not eligible for a top award)



Ask a Master Gardener Booth at the Porter County Fair

We can answer your questions at our Ask a Master Gardener Booth at the Porter County Fair, during Earth Day, and at other horticultural events across the county.