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Enter your giant sunflower in a contest at The Market this Saturday

Contest held by Sudbury's Foodshed Project

Sudbury’s Foodshed Project invites all Sudbury residents who have grown giant sunflowers to come to the judging event.

The event takes place Saturday, Sept. 21 at The Market (CP/VIA Rail Station on Elgin Street) from 10 a.m. to noon. The winners are expected to be announced at 12:30 p.m. 

The event is free to attend. 

Judges will be on hand to measure the largest sunflower head, the tallest sunflower and sunflowers with multiple heads on one stalk. There will be prizes for each category so be sure to visit the market with your entry. 

“We decided to hold this event again because of the great response we got last year,” said Foodshed Project member Tammy Cheguis, in a press release.

“It’s also a really fun way to celebrate those who already garden, hopefully inspire people to try gardening and of course, raise awareness of the many wonderful community gardens that exist across Greater Sudbury.”

The Foodshed Project is looking forward to another successful event as we start to wind down the 2019 gardening season, the press release said.

Here's the contest categories:

Tallest Sunflower Plant

The tallest plant will be measured from the base of the stem (not including the roots) to the top of the head. The head will be extended to measure the full height of the plant. We ask that gardeners cut off the roots to make it easier to measure the stem. We also ask that the leaves be removed from the stalk (stem) because only the stalk and seed head will be measured.

Biggest Sunflower Head

The biggest head will be measured as the diameter of the seed head. The flower petals will not be measured or required. Heads should be cut from the stem if possible. 

Most Flower Heads on One Stalk (new category)

This category is simple … the stalk growing the largest number of flower heads wins.

Sudbury Foodshed Project is an information and resource-sharing network that supports the development of community gardens across the City of Greater Sudbury and surrounding areas. 

Its members are involved in a variety of gardening and food security initiatives year round. 

To learn more or to get involved, visit the group's website.