Raising butterflies can produce many fair entries from entering the butterflies you are raising in their cage to a planter you have filled with butterfly plants to a poster and many more. Some fair entry suggestions are listed below.
Most of the butterfly fair entries will be in the Natural Resources Department.
Please let me know if you have any questions or other ideas for entries.
Possible Natural Resources Fair Entries
Note: All classes starting with 1 are for juniors (ages 8-10), 2 are for intermediates(11-13) and 3 are for seniors (14-18). Your age is as of 1/1/2017.
Butterfly Growing Cage
Cages can be entered in Wildlife Conservation class 1002, 2002 or 3002 depending on your age. If you have another entry for Wildlife Conservation, I will also accept the Butterfly Cages in Self-Determined class 1019, 2019 or 3019
Planters can be entered in Plants and Fungus class 1005, 2005 or 3005. Again, planters will be accepted in the self-determined class 1019, 2019 or 3019 if you have another Plant or Fungus entry.
Butterfly posters can be entered in Wildlife Conservation class 1002, 2002 or 3002. If you also have a Butterfly Cages enter it in Self-Determined class 1019, 2019 or 3019. Some suggested topics:
- Types of Milkweed
- Butterflies Common to Carroll County
- Host Plants
- Nectar Plants
- Raising Monarchs (or other butterfly)
- Monarch (or other butterfly) Conservation
- Effect of Pesticides, even organic, on Butterflies
- Flower Color preferred by Butterflies
- Butterfly Anatomy
A series of butterfly photos – examples: egg, caterpillar, adult or different varieties of butterflies – can be entered in the Wildlife Photo Series Class 1020, 2020 or 3020. If you have another photo series for this class, I will also accept the butterfly photos in Self-Determined Photo Series Class 1023, 2023 or 3023.
Planter or Garden Photos
A series of plant photos – example: different types of milkweed, different host plants – can be entered in Tree or Naturally grown plant photo series class 1021, 2021 or 3021. If you have another photo series for this class, I will also accept the butterfly plant photos in Self-Determined Photo Series Class 1023, 2023 or 3023.
Other Fair Departments
DEPARTMENT – I-25 – On Site Vegetable, Flower, Herb, and Other Gardens
Butterfly Garden – If you have a butterfly garden at your house, please consider entering it in either Novice Other Garden class 1005, 2005 or 3005 or Other Garden class 1010, 2010 or 3010. A team of judges will come to your house, or wherever your garden is, to judge your garden
DEPARTMENT – I-14 – Informal Demonstrations
I would love to have at least one informal presentation a night on the butterflies. There is only one class for informal demonstration, 4001. You may work with another individual or a team for your demonstration.
Below is a list of suggested topics but you may do a demonstration on any topic you choose. If we can keep the tent, opening it up and taking a small group in with the butterflies would also be an option.
- Present your poster – see Natural Resources for ideas
- Easy Make-it, Take-it
- Simply display your butterfly raising cage, talk about the experience for a few minutes then answer any questions.