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60th Shrewsbury Flower Show is a real gem

It wasn't hard to come up with a theme for the 60th annual Shrewsbury Flower Show. Since diamonds represent a 60th celebration, this year's theme is "A Gem of a Show."

It will be held Aug. 27 and 28 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Shrewsbury fire hall.

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The show features 100 entrants who will compete in pre-determined floral design categories. Many people will bring in their flowers, vegetables, fruit, hanging baskets and houseplants to be judged as well.

"People can bring in a bucket of zinnias or African violets from their house," said show organizer Sharon Hartenstein. "Everyone from flower lovers to garden enthusiasts to area professional designers is invited to enter. We encourage amateur designers and anyone interested in flower arranging to participate."

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Hereford florist Sharon Erdman has participated in the flower show for the past six years and has won first place three times.

"We enter the professional competition and it's always a challenge to interpret the theme. For us, this year's is 'Crown Jewels' and we're already working on it," said Erdman, who recently sold her retail floral business and now handles weddings as E Events and Weddings.

A team of 15 judges will critique all entries, which can be either fresh or dried flowers.

"It's fascinating to see what people come up with," said Karen Hafer of White Hall, a judge this year.

Those attending the show select a "People's Choice" award by voting for their favorite floral design.

"This is a wonderful show and everybody has such creative ideas," said Nancy Hauck of White Hall, a member of the Southern York County Garden Club. "You'll walk around and say, "Why didn't I think of that?"

Flower enthusiast Mary Carman started the Shrewsbury Flower Show in 1949. Since then, the show has been canceled twice because of extreme drought conditions.

Call 717-235 1130 or 717-235-2715 to receive a brochure or for details on entering a floral design or garden specimen.

The Shrewsbury Fire Hall is at 25 W. Forrest Ave., Shrewsbury. Admission is by donation.

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