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Plant Identification Contest

Date: Sept 23, 2023
Time: 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Teams of 4-H and FFA students identify a selection of plants and the characteristics of each plant in this competition.

The highest placing graduating senior will be awarded a $1,000.00 scholarship sponsored by the Soil and Water Conservation District.

Changes have been made to the 2022 Plant ID List. Included in these changes are updates to the names and characteristics of plants previously on the list, as well as the addition of 27 new plants. Ten of the new plants appeared on previous year’s lists, making a total of 17 brand new species commonly seen in East Texas. A highlighted plant list is being provided with a key showing all changes to the 2022 list as an easy reference study guide.

The Plants USDA database and the State 4-H plant list were used as the definitive references for species names and characteristics. For easy identification, two plants are included as their closely similar species (Sugarberry/Hackberry, and Blackberry/Dewberry), and three plants are listed by general non-species-specific names: Buttercup- Ranunculus genus, Flatsedge-Cyperus genus, and Smartweed-Polygonum genus. Additionally, in order to better align the East Texas State Fair plant list with those used at other contests, plants that maintain leaf retention throughout the year are now listed as both warm and cool season. For 2022 only, half the points will be granted for selecting one instead of both.

Registration: July 17, 2023
Registration Closes: September 4, 2023
The Agricultural Science Teacher or 4-H Club Leader should register the team online. There is no fee to enter.

Important Information
  • Each Exhibitor must sign an Indemnity Form.
Contest Schedule:
  • Friday, September 22, 2023
  • Check-in at 8:30 a.m. - The Park of East Texas grounds (See Directions)
  • The contest begins at 9:00 a.m.
  • Results are announced at 1:30 p.m. at the Community Stage located on the Fairgrounds.

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