The California State Fair will include cannabis in its official agricultural competitions alongside other everyday agricultural staples next year. Here’s everything you need to know about the event and how to get involved if you want to enter the contest.
Why California wants to include cannabis at the State Fair this year
The California State Fair is held at CalExpo in Sacramento each July. The 17-day event draws the attention of more than 750,000 attendees, and creates a space where California can showcase its agriculture, culture and diversity.
Next year will mark the 166th annual tradition of the State Fair, where prizes and contests will take place alongside live concerts, carnival rides, food and family entertainment. The California State Fair is one of the largest and most successful state fairs in the country and is recognized as a leader in entertainment and innovation in its programs and lineups.
With that in mind, years after the legalization of cannabis in California, they would like to celebrate Californian cannabis for its agricultural history and join the list of other annual agricultural competitions, including craft beer, cheese, wine and olive oil. olive.
Including cannabis at the state fair is a hotline to de-stigmatize cannabis and allow it to become an integral part of our daily lives and culture. With the end goal of supporting licensed markets and educating the public about cannabis, the fair aims to celebrate the innovation, craftsmanship and leadership of Californian cannabis cultivators. Additionally, it will open the industry to new audiences and align with state cannabis regulatory agencies, as no cannabis will be permitted to be consumed at the fair.
About Cannabis Farming Contests
The competitions will be divided into three divisions based on the type of lighting used to grow the plants: indoor, outdoor and mixed light. The categories will identify the highest concentration of THC or CBD and the terpenes myrcene, pinene, b-caryophyllene, limonene and terpinolene and compete for over 77 different prizes.
Instead of testing entries by misleading terms like indica, sativa, and hybrid, the fair aims to educate people about the different chemotypes (or terpene and cannabinoid profiles) of cannabis strains to help them make a more informed decision with cannabis. A chemistry-driven approach makes it easier for consumers to understand how certain strains will affect them and creates awareness, interest, and a deeper understanding of cannabis chemistry.
State Fair Awards
So what is at stake? There will be 77 prizes: bronze, silver and gold medals in the seven categories for the three divisions for a total of 63 prizes.
Double Gold prizes will also be awarded to entrants who achieve gold-level results in two or more categories and multiple Exotics prizes for entries that display unique and out-of-this-world terpene profiles.
Finally, seven Best of California awards will be presented. The prize is a gold bear trophy awarded to participants who receive the highest concentration of each compound, regardless of which division they entered.
Winners will be chosen for each category by division. Whatever prize they win, winners receive free public relations and publicity, social media posts, website features, tasting notes, a promotional and educational tour, medals and trophies, award-winning medallions for packaging materials and free entry to the 2023 competition.
How to Get Involved with Cannabis at the California State Fair Next Year
If you’re interested in bringing cannabis to the State Fair in 2022, there are several ways to get on board.
You can become a sponsor to the event by contacting them directly. There are several levels of sponsorship available, all of which can help you grow your business and help destigmatize cannabis. You can also participate in CalExpo, which is home to the State Fair and offers plenty of space for cannabis brands to mingle with consumers and other businesses.
However, if you wish to participate in the competitions, you can start by submit an application November 1, 2021. Only licensed cannabis cultivators with a distributor license can participate. They must obtain a compliance COA through show partner SC Labs. The submission window closes in March 2022 and winners will be announced in May.
You can enter as many different cultivars as you want, and you’ll get a discount on any additional strains you submit. One submission will cost you $250, but 4 will only cost you $210 per strain. There will be a basic fee for the lab tests which will cost you $420, and if you fail the test you will have to pay an additional $420 to retake the test.
Ultimately, this is the first time cannabis has been judged at a state fair since pre-prohibition. With many different legal issues, there may be a few issues to deal with this year. Yet, in the end, the fair is a great way to de-stigmatize cannabis, educate the community, and celebrate the hard work of cannabis growers in their culture.
We can’t wait to see him in competitions next year.
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