Denver Celebrates Pot At The County Fair
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Denver Celebrates Pot At The County Fair
Posted by CN Staff on August 03, 2014 at 17:46:46 PT
By Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press
Source: Associated Press
Denver -- Marijuana joined roses and dahlias Friday in blue ribbon events at the nation's first county fair to allow pot competitions. This weekend's Denver County Fair includes a 21-and-over "Pot Pavilion" where winning entries for plants, bongs, edible treats and clothes made from hemp are on display.There's no actual weed at the fairgrounds. Instead, fairgoers will see photos of the competing pot plants and marijuana-infused foods. A sign near the entry warns patrons not to consume pot at the fair.
A speed joint-rolling contest uses oregano, not pot. The only real stuff allowed at the event? Doritos, to be used in the munchie eating contest.Organizers say the marijuana categories this year  which come with the debut of legal recreational marijuana in Colorado  add a fun twist on Denver's already-quirky county fair, which includes a drag queen pageant and a contest for dioramas made with Peeps candies."We've been selling tickets to people from all over the world, and we keep hearing they want to come see the pot," said Dana Cain, who helped organize Denver County's first fair three years ago. This year's event is expected to draw 20,000 people.Judges considered only the quality of individual marijuana plants, not potency or the merits of drugs produced by the plants."It's more like a rose competition than anything," said Russel Wise, a pot grower who entered three plants and a marijuana-infused baklava treat.Other Colorado contests  patterned after Amsterdam's famed Cannabis Cup  gauge drug quality and flavor.Edible products did require tasting. A secret panel of judges sampled brownies and other treats earlier this month at an undisclosed location."At first the judges were eating them all, but by the end they were really feeling it, so they just tasted them and spit them out," Cain said with a laugh. "We offered them cabs home."The winning brownie was made with walnuts and dark chocolate. Top prize was $20 and a blue ribbon. The fair already has a green ribbon  awarded for using environmentally conscious methods.For the handmade bong contest, three industry insiders judged 17 entries for craftsmanship, creativity  and functionality."It has to be something special, something you'd want to use," said judge Robert Folse, who works at a pot dispensary as a "budtender," sort of a sommelier for marijuana.It's too soon to say whether marijuana contests will spread to other state fairs. Officials in Routt County, in western Colorado, voted last year to ban marijuana from the county fair. Colorado State Fair organizers have expressed no interest in marijuana competition.California holds an Emerald Cup at the fairgrounds in Sonoma County, where guests with medical clearance are able to sample the drug. That contest is held at the fairgrounds but isn't a part of the county fair.Source: Associated Press (Wire) Author: Kristen Wyatt, Associated PressPublished:  August 1, 2014Copyright: 2014 The Associated PressCannabisNews  -- Cannabis  Archives
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Comment #7 posted by gloovins on August 11, 2014 at 02:13:03 PT
Blowin in the wind ....?
May I stand corrected and let the lame and unjust wall fall and crumble. Colorado and Washington stand as symbols...where are the bodies and children overdosing, using en mass? Not happening. Um, are we going to now count the stats of drunk driving vs "stoned" driving? How do they stand up side by side? I want to know. In WA & CO, give it a year. We'll see. Educated ones know the result but let's let time tell...
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Comment #6 posted by Oleg the Tumor on August 09, 2014 at 10:28:12 PT
And the Winner is . . .
Hey that picture won last year!
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Comment #5 posted by The GCW on August 04, 2014 at 16:17:09 PT
Smile and say cheese.
fairgoers will see photos of the competing pot plants-0-OK for now. But the IGNOIDS are not going to be allowed to continue discriminating on the SUPER PLANT for much longer.-The BAD people are at the end of their leash.
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Comment #4 posted by runruff on August 04, 2014 at 09:04:13 PT
Rome was not destroyed in a day.`
I have been putting everything on the line now for twenty years. That's 7,300 nights. Which night were you referring too, exactly?
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Comment #3 posted by runruff on August 04, 2014 at 08:58:53 PT
Great swaths of the proverbial Wall has fallen!
When three quarters of the walls are down already who is splitting hairs? The rest can't stand while cannaland is being invaded by the hoards of herbivores !After making fools of themselves for the past 77 years, the fed and their sycophantic following are trying to exit stage left with as much dignity as possible. I won't let them. I spend much of my day blogging and writing letters to make sure the 77 year travesty does not just fade away. I want accountability!
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Comment #2 posted by gloovins on August 04, 2014 at 01:46:00 PT
Rome was not built in a day....
Nor will prohibitions walls fall in a night....
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Comment #1 posted by JohnOBonno on August 03, 2014 at 21:06:32 PT:
A joint rolling contest using oregano?
That is bizzare for a state where it's perfectly legal to roll a joint.
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