The public is invited to participate in four lively and colorful contests: the Grand Hat Contest on Friday, September 11 and the Pet Parade and Contest, the new FlowerMart Fashionista Contest and the Dance Contest on Saturday, September 12. You could win a beautiful prize ribbon and a great prize, such as an overnight stay in a downtown hotel, a gift certificate to a marvelous restaurant or a pedicure. The information and entry forms for these contests may be viewed below.

The 2015 Hilda Mae Snoops Art Contest winners have already been chosen. The Grand Prize winner is 11th-grader Daylonta Adams of Renaissance Academy in Baltimore. He received a cash prize and a lovely award ribbon. Honorable mention went to 9th-grader Dae'Quan Conner, who received a prize ribbon. Renaissance Academy also received a cash prize.

Above is the Grand Prize winner.
Below is the Honorable Mention winner.

On FlowerMart Friday morning, the vendors will participate in the Booth Decorating Contest.


Colorful and generally handmade hats will be on glorious display in the Grand Hat Contest where winners will be announced in five adult categories and four kids' categories. Great prizes will be handed out for both adults and children winners, who will also receive beautiful prize ribbons. Here is the entry form for the Grand Hat Contest and additional forms will be available at the FlowerMart Information Booth.


The popular Pet Parade and Contest will take place at 11:30 on Saturday. Dress up your pet or enter him/her au naturel, tell the judges what makes him/her so special and win a great prize and ribbon. Here is the entry form and additional forms will be available at the FlowerMart Information Booth.


This year, the Costume Contest and Over The Top Fabulous Hat Contest are morphing into a new contest called the Best FlowerMart Fashionista Contest. So wear your most colorful Fall outfit and chapeau or costume and add a little FlowerMart chic. You could receive a fabulous prize and ribbon as a Grand Prize Winner or winner of the Most Glamorous Chapeau category or Best Costume with Flowers category. Here is the entry form and additional forms will be available at the FlowerMart Information Booth.

We'll end again late Saturday with the lively Dance Contest. Put on your terpsichorean boots and cut a rug to win a great prize and a ribbon. This year, a children's category has been added and the four adult categories are swing, tango, salsa and freestyle. Come to the Mechanic stage to register and fill out your entry form.

Here are the winners in the 2014 contests:

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Grand Prize winner
Photo: Jo Suman

with prizes donated by the Maryland Jockey Club, Toby’s Dinner Theatre, Martha Dougherty and Tark’s Grill

Grand Prize: Two Sisters Pottery - www.2spbaltimore.com
Specialty Garden: Emerge, Inc.
Arts and Crafts: love & glitter:
Community Interest: Planet Awkward



The FlowerMart 50/50 Raffle

Winner of $305.00
Gary Hopkins
Seller of Winning Ticket ($50): Sue Carlin


1st Place Winner
Photo: Jo Suman

1st Place Artwork
Photo: Jo Suman

The Hilda Mae Snoops Art Contest
for middle schoolers with cash prizes from 1st Mariner Bank:

1st place:
Cecy Granados, Reyna Marquez, Richard Ortega, Lakeland Elementary/Middle School

2nd place:
Anna Thompson, Severn River Middle School

3rd place:
Hanna Ko, Severna Park Middle School

Honorable Mention:
Alexi Chavez, Severn River Middle School


1st Place Winner
Photo: Jo Suman

The Pet Contest
prizes and treats for the pets provided by Pet Valu, Ron Peltzer and Direct Recycling:

First place: Jimi, Yorkshire Terrier, owned by Toriano
2nd place: Waffles , mixed breed, owned by Pamela Germain
3rd place Hogan, Basenji, owned by Scott Thurston




Dance Contest winner with Russ and Gigi
Photo: Jo Suman

2014 Dance Contest
with prizes donated by the Hyatt Regency, Mick O’Shea’s, World of Beer and Martha Dougherty:

Salsa: Katie and Justin Zook
Swing: Keisha Bates and Patrick Indenbaum
Freestyle: Amandine Waldman

To see photos of the Dance Contest and FlowerMart, click on this link:

To see a video of the Freestyle Dance Contest, click on this link:



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Grand Hat Contest winners
Photo: Jo Suman

Grand Hat Contest
sponsored by the Wyndham Peabody Court Hotel:

GRAND PRIZE: Finnian McClain
Floral Fantasy: Savannah Decker
All About Me: (tie): Henry McClain and Marri Mullony

Watch Emcee Steve Fertig interview the young contestants to find out how the hats were made:
Part 1
Part 2

GRAND PRIZE: Julia Johnson
Most Creative: Jennifer Freese
Fancy Florals: Laura Touhey
Best of Baltimore: Miranda McClain
Out-of-the-Hatbox: Lori Gerus



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Over The Top Fabulous Hat Contest winners
Photo: Jo Suman

Over The Top Fabulous Hat Contest
with prizes donated by Brookshire Suites, Hyatt Regency, The Brewer’s Art and the National Aquarium:

Best Flower Hat: Kendra Parlock
runner up: Rhonda
Best Fascinator: Rose Mupende
Most Outrageous Hat: Lelia Hopkins
Largest Hat: Maria K. Crowley




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Best Flower Costume Contest winners
Photo: Jo Suman

Best Flower Costume Contest
with prizes donated by the Helmand Restaurant, Let’s Dish and Raimondi’s Florist

Most Creative Costume: Laurel and Nikia
Most Beautiful Flower: Rose Mupende
Most Unique Costume: Lila Rose Foti