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KINGSBURG – Results from the 2018 Kingsburg Flower & Garden Show Competition are in and Zachary Ergo was named as the winner in the Best of Show category.

The competition was part of the Swedish Festival celebrations and took place at the Village Mall.

Competition organizer Tim Alexander said festival-goers enjoy looking at all the creative entries and are often surprised that many have been created by young people.

“They’re surprised to hear that the flower arrangements were made by high school students and that many of the container and miniature gardens were made by students 13 years of age and younger. We were excited to have more 4-H members participate this year. It is our hope to have more entries next year for all categories,” Alexander said.

The competition included 33 flower arrangements and gardens which were judged by a panel of experienced floral and horticulture professionals. Winning entries receive gift certificates. The prizes ranged from $10 to $50 gift certificates for special awards and for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. A total of $400 to $500 in gift certificates was awarded.

Here is a list of other winners:

  • Flower Arrangements: 1st place - Yolanda Avendano; 2nd place - Brianna Cruz; 3rd place - Jayleen Jauregui and Simergeet Kular.
  • Miniature Garden: 1st place - Zachary Ergo.
  • Container Garden: 1st and 2nd place - Zachary Ergo.
  • Youth Miniature Garden: 1st and 2nd place - Kaleb Walls; 3rd place - Dillon Morine.
  • Youth Container Garden: 1st place - Sophia Gonzalez; 2nd place - Tanner Mederos; 3rd place - Kambree Gonzalez.
  • Special awards for Flower Arrangements: Anaiah Rico, Maricela Cortes and Ana Diaz Estrella.
  • Special awards for Youth Miniature Gardens: Jack Hambleton, James Ergo (2) and Adeline Kliewer.
  • Special awards for Youth Container Gardens: Kambree Gonzalez, Sophia Gonzalez and Jack Hambleton.

Alexander said that although their shop, For the Birds Garden Gifts, coordinates the event he credits RPS Real Estate’s Steve Safarjian as a major sponsor in helping the event continue as a part of Swedish Festival.

“The RPS sponsorship was a great help in jump-starting and maintaining the first years of the show [through his] monetary support for competition prizes. We are grateful for Steve’s support and catching the vision for this event.”

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