- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 16, 2015

How does a state fair one-up its own hipster aesthetic a year after giving awards for the best Mason jar flower arrangement or home-brewed beer?

By adding a marijuana growing competition.

Welcome to the D.C. State Fair.

Five months after it became legal to grow your own pot in the District, those with success in the green-thumb endeavor will have the chance to showcase their skill. The “Best Bud” competition is one of three new contests added at the D.C. State Fair, as first reported by the Washington Post.

Those interested in entering the contest will need to submit a 1-2 gram bud from their home-grown marijuana in a Mason jar. The sample will not be smoked by the judges, but rather will be judged on its odor, touch, and appearance — such as the presence of crystals on the bud. Judges will also take into account how the marijuana was grown, as well as other details about the grower’s technique.

Other new contests — joining standbys such as best pie and longest vegetable — this year include best compost and best cut flower. A pet parade will also be a new addition.

The fair will be held Sept. 12 at the Old City Farm and Guild in Northwest and runs from noon to 8 p.m. The judging for the best bud competition is appropriately enough scheduled to begin at 4:20 p.m.

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