Dahlia Festival Wows Audience
The Eighth Annual Dazzling Dahlia Festival was held at the Highlands Recreation Center on September 8. The festival was the culmination of summer activities for the Highlands Historical Society. The funds raised support the society, including the Prince House and Kelsey Kids Summer Camp.
Forty-three exhibitors entered 277 flowers into the Dahlia Show, producing an explosion of color and shape that delighted around 200 people. Dinner plate-size dahlias in stunning reds and yellows, Pom Poms, Water Lilies, Balls and Orchids in every shade under the sun were some of the varieties of dahlias that local growers proudly shared. Judges awarded Best of Show to Clyde Howell for his singularly stunning Pom Pom. Forty-eight blue ribbons were awarded in addition to many second place, third place, and honorable mention ribbons.
Jodie Zahner shared some great ideas on the best use of flowers and foliage during her demonstration and lecture. Show attendees purchased 45 dahlia arrangements to brighten their homes. The dahlias were incredibly beautiful this year, in spite of heavy rains early in the growing season. The festival could not have been possible without the army of volunteers who worked diligently throughout the week. Equally important were all of the enthusiastic dahlia growers and the judges who donated their time and talents.
Ribbons not already picked up will be available at Highlands Historical Society during their open hours, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 11:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. As evidenced below, we had so many winners that we ran out of ribbons! Ribbons have been ordered, and we will notify you when they arrive.
BEST OF SHOW: Clyde Howell’s Pompom
LACINIATED: 1st: Brightman Logan
POMPOM: 1st: Clyde Howell
WATER LILY: 1st: Helen & Natalie, Ann Maxwell, Carol Taylor, Wesleyan Church Glenville
BALL: 1st: Clyde Howell, Susie Day, Dena Williams, John Laulletta, Helen & Natalie
MINI BALL: 1st: Clyde Howell
ORCHID: 1st: Drew English
ANEMONE 1st: Margaret Laulletta
COLLARETTE: 1st: Ann Maxwell
MIGNON SINGLE: 1st: Ann Maxwell
DINNER PLATE: 1st: Cullasaja Dahlia Club, John Laulletta, Ann Maxwell, Clyde Howell
MISC.STELLAR: 1st: Debby Jamison, Clyde Howell
CACTUS (A): 1st: Wesleyan Church Glenville; CACTUS (B): 1st: Clyde Howell
SEMI CACTUS(A) 1st: Helen & Natalie; SEMI CACTUS(B) 1st: Laura & John Bell; SEMI CACTUS(C) 1st: Helen & Natalie; SEMI CACTUS(D) 1st: Carol Kellettl; SEMI CACTUS(E) 1st: Ann Maxwell, Dena Williams, Clyde Howell
INFORMAL DECORATIVE(A): 1st: Clement Dennis; INFORMAL DECORATIVE(B): 1st: Margaret Laulletta; INFORMAL DECORATIVE(C): 1st: Natalie Laulletta; INFORMAL DECORATIVE(D): 1st: Jennifer Schmitt; INFORMAL DECORATIVE(E): 1st: Marlene Viers
INFORMAL DECORATIVE(F): 1st: John Laulletta
FORMAL DECORATIVE(A): 1st: Jane Youmans, Susie Day, Ann Maxwell; FORMAL DECORATIVE(B): 1st: Nina Burke; FORMAL DECORATIVE(C): 1st: Clyde Howell; FORMAL DECORATIVE(D): 1st: Clyde Howell; FORMAL DECORATIVE(E): 1st: Helen & Natalie; FORMAL DECORATIVE(F): 1st: Dena Williams; FORMAL DECORATIVE(H): 1st: Lee Havron for Sherry Cooper; FORMAL DECORATIVE (I): 1st: Jennifer Schmitt
STELLAR(A): 1st: Clyde Howell
ARRANGEMENTS: 1st: Diane Warren