By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Reporter
A myriad of flowers of all types and colors were on display at the Roosevelt County Fair on Wednesday.
Hosted by the Portales Woman’s Club, flower show entries included dahlias, roses, gladiolas, Gerberas, trumpet vines, geraniums,
among other varieties, along with a few plants.
Arliss Spinks returned to the show this year with seven entries. Last year she won best of show with her dahlia, something that she is proud of. Before moving to the area from Gallup two years ago, Spinks stated that she was unable to grow dahlias due to the short growing season in that part of the state.
“Dahlias are my favorite. I have several varieties of them,” Spinks said.
Spinks enjoys working in her flower garden and said when she first moved to the area, many of her neighbors gave her cuttings from their gardens. She also enjoys traveling to other parts of the country and seeing the different types of flowers grown, Spinks said.
“When you go to another climate it’s fun to see what other type (of flowers) are grown in the climate,” Spinks said.
Entries for this year’s show were down compared to last year. There were several regular participants in the show who did not enter this year, said Phyllis Jones, superintendent.
“We don’t have what we had last year,” Jones said.
First-year judge Sandra Buzard, from Joe’s Flowers, was looking forward to judging the show and seeing the different flowers.
“I think it’s exciting. It’s fun, I really love flowers,” Buzard said.
When judging the entries, Buzard said that she was looking for form and size of the flowers. She also was looking for strength and color, which are signs of a healthy plant, she said.
“It’s going to be hard to judge. There’s a lot of pretty ones,” Buzard said.