The Oregon State Fair is a beloved celebration, held every year, that honors the state’s best looking pumpkins, onions and pigs as well as their most “misshapen” and “curviest” fruits and vegetables. This year a new plant will be added to the array of vegetation on display. Awards will now be handed out to the state’s best marijuana plants. An exhibit space is being created for the inclusion of marijuana as one of the state’s agricultural plants. Now, for the first time, marijuana growers will be able to put their farming achievements on display and join the annual celebration with pride.
Early Stages of Marijuana at the Fair
According to fair officials, they believe it’s important to acknowledge the recently legalized status of marijuana, and the achievements of its hard working marijuana growers. Dan Cox, a spokesman for the fair said, “This is really a reflection of where Oregon is now as a state.” He affirms that the fair works hard to include everyone; in particular, agricultural commodities. There was an informational event about marijuana at last year’s fair and no one complained or took issue with its presence. This helped to open the way for the fair organizers to take the next step in the inclusion of marijuana at the fair.
The Oregon State Fair Marijuana Exhibit
The sponsor of the marijuana exhibit is Dan Morse, who also happens to be the chairman of the Oregon Cannabis Business Council. According to Morse, 9 plants will be featured in a closed off greenhouse that will have a guarded entrance and exit. The added security is there to ensure that only people over the age of 21 will be able to enter the exhibit. The plants will be judged by a panel of experts, including Ed Rosenthal, who is a popular author and marijuana expert. Ribbons will be awarded in the same way they are for all the exhibitions at the fair. Dan Morse said, “We are doing it 4H style. You get a blue, purple or yellow ribbon. We are celebrating the plant as a farm crop from Oregon.”
Marijuana Growers Not Providing Samples
Morse has been very clear, that no samples of marijuana will be given out at the fair. The plants will be displayed in their pre-flowering, vegetative stage of maturity and therefore, will not be able to be harvested. The exhibit is simply designed to show adults who are over the age of 21 what an award winning marijuana plant looks like.
The fair, which runs from August 26 to September 5, will feature many other attractions as well, including performances from Foreigner, Melissa Etheridge, Pat Benatar with Neil Girado and Creedence Clearwater Revisited, amongst many others. There will be 44 kinds of rides, all kinds of animal displays and shows, wine tastings, author exhibits and even a major motorsports competition. There will also be a dog show, a horse show, and an extreme animal and reptile display where participants can get friendly with some of the most exotic creatures in the world. It will be for the whole family and fair goers in all age groups. With the new exhibit, marijuana growers and enthusiasts have now been officially included in the fun.