Fall fair to judge pot

They won't only be judging Uncle Bob's zucchini and Auntie May's apple pie at the Grand Forks Fall Fair this year.

Next month, judges will also be pondering the merits of homegrown weed.

"Cannabis has been growing in the Boundary Area for decades by licensed producers and many 'backyard enthusiasts,'" fair president Danna O'Donnell says in a press release.

"The time has come to recognize the horticultural skills it takes to do this well." 

The 109-year-old fair will take place Sept. 7 and 8, and judges will presumably be handing out ribbons in both indoor and outdoor-grown categories.

The fair will include traditional attractions such as an exhibition hall, animal exhibits, and entertainment stage, as well as a demolition derby and a saloon hosted by can can dancers.

Entrants are asked to bring their pot entries to the fair on Friday, Sept. 6. A special table will be set up to receive controlled substances.

Submissions are to be between three and five grams of dried flower in a glass jar, to help control smell. They will be displayed in a locked glass cabinet.

The entries will be judged on looks, smell, and if needed, "burnability," which will take place off site, says O'Donnell.

The fair says it has a security plan in place and local RCMP have been notified.

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