• 2020 Land of Lincoln Advanced Competition

    The contest will be held Friday, March 13, 2020 

    2020 LAND OF LINCOLN DESIGN CONTEST - March 13, 2020 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm The entry fee is $35 and must be included with the Annual Floral Design Show registration. It must be received by MARCH 6, 2020. NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE PERMITTED.

    Contest Description:
    In coordination with this year’s conference theme of “Inspiration”, each contestant will be given a photo to interpret. The same photo will be used by all contestants and will be provided in advance. Each contestant will assemble their own unique design on-site in the 2 hours provided.


    First place - receives a cash prize based on the entry fees collected, a plaque, and the traveling Land of Lincoln Cup trophy to retain for one year.

    First runner-up - receives full registration to the 2021 Annual Floral Design and a plaque;

    Second runner-up - receives registration for a regular hands-on class at the 2021 Annual Floral Design Show and a plaque.


    1. ENTRY: Contest is open to any active member in good standing of the Illinois State Florists’ Association or any employee of an active member in good standing and must be a resident of the state of Illinois.

    2. Contestants must preregister for the 2020 ISFA Annual Design Show.

    3. Contestants must provide all materials, supplies, and tools needed to complete their design, including flowers, greens, and props. Props and accessories are permitted but should not be larger than 1/3 of the overall design.

    4. Advanced construction of designs is not permitted, and no floral insertions can be made prior to the competition. Items shall not be added to containers before the contest begins, including floral foam and water tubes. A member of the Land of Lincoln Committee will inspect each work area prior to the official start of the competition. Entries that do not comply with the rules will be disqualified.

    5. The Land of Lincoln Committee will select required number of spaces for the competition and will number each space. The size of the design must not exceed 96” in height, 48” in width, and 48” in depth. It must be made within the given space provided. Any design, including props, table or stand, not within the given dimensions will be disqualified. The committee will place the number for each space in a sealed envelope. Each contestant will draw a sealed envelope containing a numbered space. The contestants will draw in alphabetical order. A master sheet containing each contestant’s name and selected number will be retained by the Land of Lincoln Committee. No other person outside the committee will have access to this document. Employees and family members of the Land of Lincoln Committee are ineligible to compete.

    6. Contestants must report to the Land of Lincoln Committee Chairman 30 minutes before the time of the contest for briefing.

    7. JUDGING: Prior to judging, the judges will be given an envelope containing the rules and score sheet. Judging will be immediately following the competition. The judges will consist of qualified professional floral designers. The judges will only have access to their own tally sheets and will judge each design for its individual merit. Upon completion of judging, each judge will place all his/her tally sheets in an envelope and give it to the Land of Lincoln Committee Chair.

    A points system will be used, with a possible 100 total points given to each entry by each judge. Designs will be judged in nine categories:

    20 points maximum for the following category: Interpretation of Theme Point Scale: 0-4 Poor, 5-10 Fair, 11-15 Good, and 16-20 Excellent;

    10 points maximum for each of the following categories: Creativity, Scale (Proportional), Unity (Harmony and Texture), Balance (Physical and Visual), Focal Emphasis, Line (Movement and Rhythm), Color Balance (Harmony and Rhythm), and Mechanics. Point scale: 0-2 Poor, 3-5 Fair, 6-8 Good, and 9-10 Excellent. The Land of Lincoln Cup will be awarded to the contestant with the highest total number of points across all categories. The contestant with the second highest number of points will be first runner-up, and the contestant with the third highest number of points will be the second runner-up.

    The Land of Lincoln committee will tabulate the results of the judges’ scores and will retain the information until the awards presentation.

    Judges may be present during the contest.

    8. DISPLAY: The designs will remain in place to be viewed throughout the weekend. Contestants must remove their designs between 3:00-5:00 pm on Sunday.

    9. No electricity can be used, but battery-operated props are allowed.


    For more information, please contact Judi Borah, AIFD, CFD, ICPF at (217) 774-3430.

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