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Fruitmania 2016
Saturday June 25
Hidden Ponds Nursery with The Lowcountry Fruit Growers Society
10am - 3:30pm
Cost is $7.00 per person (Includes lunch) wow that’s right only 7 bucks
You must register for lunch and event
E-mail: Fruitmania2016@gmail.com
You will get an e-mail confirmation, and you can pay on the day of event
10 am Welcome/Opening Statements- Stephanie/Darren
10:15-11:00
Lecture: Growing Fruits in the Lowcountry-Darren Sheriff (President of the Lowcountry Fruit Growers)
(The discussion will include, growing Blueberries, Brambles, Figs, and Peaches, as well as other fruits)
11:15-11:30
Demos: Root Pruning-Kathy Woolsey (Vice President of the Lowcountry Fruit Growers)
11:30-1 pm
Lunch and shopping.
1:00pm-2:00pm
Lecture: Strawberries-Kathy Woolsey
(Everybody's favorite early season fruit! She will discuss planting, diseases, and much more)
2:10pm-2:30pm
Demos: Air-Layering fruit trees- Darren Sheriff
2:45pm-3:30pm
Lecture: Insect pests of fruit and a "Are you sure that is a fruit?" Steve Parsley (Formally of Abide-A-While) 3:30pm
Jam and Jelly Awards Announcement (see below on how to enter)
HIDDEN PONDS NURSERY

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The 2015 Southeast Cold Hardy Citrus Expo, the top event for learning about cold hardy citrus for the Southeast, is back in South Carolina this year. November 21, 9-3 Santee Canal Park, Moncks Corner.  Come learn from our panelists and see (and maybe taste, if you're lucky) the fruit first hand from Southeastern growers in the fruit  and Jelly competition.

Admission is $5 to get into the park--no additional fee for the expo.

Schedule:
7:30-9:30am Vendors and exhibitors set-up
8 am to 9:30 am Citrus Fruit and Jam/Jellies Entries accepted
Judging starts at 9:30
9:20 am- Expo Officially Starts with Opening Announcements (Darren Sheriff and Kathy Woolsey)
Speakers:
9:30am-Dr. Merle Shepard- Citrus Growing in Faraway Places
10:30am- Darren Sheriff- Citrus Greening quarantines and what it means to you
11:30- 12:30 pm Lunch- Citrus Fruit Tasting
Garden Club will do chili and sweets for lunch-Prices will vary
Catfish Food truck will be on premises!
12:30pm Expo Resumes (Darren Sheriff)
More Speakers:
12:30pm- Jim Strohm-Bees and their importance to Citrus Fruit
1:30pm- Tim Armstrong-The occurrence of extreme cold across the Southeastern U.S and its effects on Citrus
2:30-3:00-Question and Answer period for panel of experts
3:00-?? Fruit and Jam/Jelly Awards Announcements
There will also be door prizes as well as vendors of all kinds. Citrus trees, books and much, much more.
You can find more info at http://thecitrusguy.blogspot.com/2015/10/2015-citrus-expo-update.html or get in touch with Darren: TheCitrusGuy@netzero.com or (843) 200-5818

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2015 SOUTHEASTERN COLD HARDY CITRUS EXPO Saturday, November 21st, 2015
Old Santee Canal State Park
900 Stony Landing Rd, Moncks Corner, SC 29461

Fee this year is $5 (Admission to Santee Canal Park)
ALL EVENTS INCLUDED
Schedule for the Citrus Expo
Saturday, November 21st, 2015
7:30-9:30am Vendors and exhibitors set-up 
8 am to 9:30 am Citrus Fruit and Jam/Jellies Entries accepted 
Judging starts at 9:30
9:20 am- Expo Officially Starts with Opening Announcements (Darren Sheriff and Kathy Woolsey)
Speakers:
9:30am-Dr. Merle Shepard- Citrus Growing in Faraway Places
10:30am- Darren Sheriff- Citrus Greening quarantines and what it means to you
11:30- 12:30 pm Lunch- Citrus Fruit Tasting
Garden Club will do chili and sweets for lunch-Prices will vary
12:30pm Expo Resumes (Darren Sheriff)
More Speakers:
12:30pm- Jim Strohm-Bees and their importance to Citrus Fruit
1:30pm- Tim Armstrong-The occurrence of extreme cold across the Southeastern U.S and its effects on Citrus
2:30-3:00-Question and Answer period for panel of experts
3:00-?? Fruit and Jam/Jelly Awards Announcements
There will also be door prizes as well as vendors of all kinds. Citrus trees, books and much, much more.
You can find more info at https://www.facebook.com/SoutheasternCitrusExpo or get in touch with Darren: TheCitrusGuy@netzero.com or(843) 200-5818

The Jam and Jelly rules are as follows:
Bring entries to the Conference Cottage, Cypress Gardens between 8am to 10 am.
Entries must be in by 10 am.
All types of Homemade Jams, Jellies and Marmalade will be accepted and subdivided into 4 classes.
Class 1. Best Tree Fruits (apple, pear, peach and others) red ticket
Class 2. Best Brambles and berries (strawberry, blueberry, grape and others) blue ticket
Class 3. Best Vegetables (Pepper, tomato, watermelon and others) green ticket
Class 4. Best Odd balls and mixed fruit (cactus, daylily, guava and others) yellow ticket
The Best of the Best Trophy – selected from the 4 top winners in each class.
We will have plates, crackers and spreading utensils on hand.


Southeastern Citrus Exposition
Moncks Corner, SC
November 21, 2015
Fruit Entry Form
Exhibitor Entry Number _____________
(Will be provided by event officials)
To enter, you must present 3 or more fruit of each variety, with (if possible) one stem and leaf attached. One of the fruits must be cut in half crosswise (as you would cut a grapefruit to eat), to display the interior of the fruit. Those in quarantined areas are exempt from the leaf and stem request.
Display plates will be provided.

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2015 SOUTHEASTERN COLD HARDY CITRUS EXPO
Cypress Gardens, Moncks Corner, SC
Saturday, November 21st, 2015
Fee this year is $10 (Admission to Cypress Gardens)
Senior Citizens-Military and AAA Members $9
ALL EVENTS INCLUDED (Except Banquet)

Schedule for the Citrus Expo
Saturday, November 21st, 2015
7:30-10am Vendors and exhibitors set-up in Dean Hall or on patio
8 am to 10 am Citrus Fruit and Jam/Jellies Entries accepted in the Conference Cottage 
Judging from 10 to 11
9:50 am- Expo Officially Starts with Opening Announcements (Darren Sheriff and Kathy Woolsey)
Speakers:
10am-Dr. Merle Shepard- Citrus Growing in Faraway Places
11am- Darren Sheriff- Citrus Greening quarantines and what it means to you
12- 1:30 pm Lunch 
Friends of Cypress Gardens- Hot Dogs, Hamburgers and Chili or “on your own”.  
Catfish Food truck will be on premises!
1:30pm Expo Resumes (Darren Sheriff)
More Speakers:
1:30pm- Jim Strohm-Bees and their importance to Citrus Fruit
2:30pm- Tim Armstrong-The occurrence of extreme cold across the Southeastern U.S and its effects on Citrus
3:30-4:15-Question and Answer period for panel of experts
4:15-Fruit and Jam/Jelly Awards Announcements
Happy Hour Social 5-6 BYOB & Citrus Fruit Tasting 
Citruholics Banquet 6-8 pm. Heritage room. (Separate $20 fee to attend this)
Sit down BBQ dinner (cooked by a certified BBQ Judge) Green Beans, Corn Bread, Sweet Potatoes, Beverages and Citrus Themed Dessert Cart
Please register at http://mkt.com/camellia-garden-club-kathy-woolsey/citraholic-banquet or call Cypress Gardens at (843) 553-0515 Loretta
 www.cypressgardens.info and 3030 Cypress Gardens Rd, Moncks Corner SC 29461

There will also be door prizes as well as vendors of all kinds. Citrus trees, books and much, much more.
You can find more info at https://www.facebook.com/SoutheasternCitrusExpo or get in touch with Darren: TheCitrusGuy@netzero.com or (843) 200-5818


The Jam and Jelly rules are as follows:
Bring entries to the Conference Cottage, Cypress Gardens between 8am to 10 am. 
Entries must be in by 10 am.
All types of Homemade Jams, Jellies and Marmalade will be accepted and subdivided into 4 classes.
Class 1. Best Tree Fruits (apple, pear, peach and others) red ticket
Class 2. Best Brambles and berries (strawberry, blueberry, grape and others) blue ticket
Class 3. Best Vegetables (Pepper, tomato, watermelon and others) green ticket
Class 4. Best Odd balls and mixed fruit (cactus, daylily, guava and others) yellow ticket 
The Best of the Best Trophy – selected from the 4 top winners in each class.


The ruling that we received about bringing Citrus Fruit to the competition is:
“I appreciate your dedication and concern for both citrus and the quarantines. The way the law reads, only plants and plant parts are regulated. Fruit is not a regulated article and can be moved freely under the Asian Citrus Psyllid and the Citrus Greening quarantines. In Florida it is different because they are also under quarantine for citrus canker in which case the fruit is regulated. So short answer is that yes, fruit can moved into and out of Charleston County as long as there are no leaves, stems or any other plant parts attached or moved with it. 
Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any other questions or need any further assistance.

Sherry P. Aultman
Interim State Plant Regulatory Official
CAPS Program Coordinator
Organic Certification Program 
Clemson University
Department of Plant Industry
Southeastern Citrus Exposition
Cypress Gardens
 Moncks Corner, SC 
November 21, 2015

Fruit Entry Form

Exhibitor Entry Number _____________
(Will be provided by event officials)

To enter, you must present 3 or more fruit of each variety, with (if possible) one stem and leaf attached. One of the fruits must be cut in half crosswise (as you would cut a grapefruit to eat), to display the interior of the fruit. Those in quarantined areas are exempt from the leaf and stem request. 
Display plates will be provided. 
Category of Fruit: 
Class 1. Sweet Orange: Cultivar_____________________________ 
Class 2. Sour Orange: Cultivar____________________________
Class 3. Mandarin: Cultivar_______________________________
Class 4. Kumquats: Cultivar_________________________________ 
Class 5. Grapefruit & Pomelo: Cultivar________________________ 
Class 6. Lemon: Cultivar__________________________________
Class 7. Lime: Cultivar: ___________________________________ 
Class 8. Hybrids & Other (specify if possible)__________________
Class 9. Seedling Crossed by grower___________________________ 
Class 10. Citrus Bowl ( 5+ different fruit named ) _______________________________________________________

NOTE: PLACE THIS SIDE UP DURING JUDGING 



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TO ENSURE THE CONCEALMENT OF THE PARTICIPANT’S IDENTITY DURING JUDGING, THIS SIDE MUST REMAIN DOWN. (Unfold and display the entire form after all judging is complete) Please complete the following. Where grown: ______________________ _______________________ State & County/Parrish USDA Hardiness Zone ________ Thank you for your participation. Good luck!
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