Once again this year the Wisconsin & Upper Michigan Florists Association will make its presence felt at the Wisconsin State Fair presented by U.S. Cellular. Featured at the annual gathering will be the Wisconsin Professional Floral Designer of the Year contest. All WUMFA members are encouraged to attend and support this exciting event. The winner will receive $1500 cash sponsored by the Wisconsin Florists Foundation!

This past spring WUMFA members were invited to participate in regional design contests held at local home and garden shows. The winners along with the winner of the professional division at the WUMFA annual convention will compete on Saturday, August 3, 2019, in Grand Champion Hall at the Wisconsin State Fair, West Allis, WI.

The four outstanding contestants are:

Joe Whitehouse, Charles The Florist of Appleton, Appleton, Wisconsin 

(Appleton Home & Garden Show Winner).

Michelle Dewildt, Wildflower Floral Studio, Portage, Wisconsin 

(Madison Home & Garden Show Winner).

Valerie Martin, Enchanted Florist, Green Bay, Wisconsin 

(Green Bay Home & Garden Show Winner).

Jennifer Breitbach, Snapdragon Floral, Elm Grove, WI

(WUMFA Convention Winner).

First place winner will receive the title of Wisconsin Professional Floral Designer of the Year, $1,500, and a Wisconsin State Fair ribbon. Second, third, and fourth place winners will receive a ribbon.

The schedule is as follows:

1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. – Competition. Contestants have 60 minutes to complete two designs. Family and friends are welcome to join the public, fairgoers and the media in watching. Commentator Susan Wilke AIFD, PFCI, will be providing Fairgoers the commentary.

2:00 p.m. – Fairgoers will turn in their voting chips choose the Best Of Show award.

2:20 p.m. – Winners will be announced. 

For more information contact Susan Wilke at (414) 659-8799. We hope to see you all there in August.