Twentynine Palms Historical Society
29 Palms, California

29 Palms Annual Weed Show

November 1st and 2nd 2008

Weed Show entry by Ada Hatch c.1950's


It is never to early to start planning for the annual Twentynine Palms Weed Show. As soon as one show is over there are some people who are already thinking about ideas for the following year. In March 2007, the 2008 Weed Show Committee was formed, consisting of Marilyn Fernald, Dana Bowden,Lore Bergey, Sharon Costa, Velma Holland and Pat Rimmington.

The Theme for the 2008 competition was DESERT DELIGHTS, with each class being the title of a book on the Mojave Desert by a local author. The idea was suggested by the Hatch family during the 2007 show. This appealed to the committee and they ran with it.

The 2008 committee included a category which we do not believe has ever been tried before. Under the title "A Peculiar Piece of Desert", this category is for the display of only one single piece of dried vegetation. Find a weird shaped weed and display it without an accessory. The winners of this category of weird weeds were chosen by the Weed Show committee not the judges.

The 2008 categories and rules follow. There is a lot of similarity in the rules and categories from year to year so this years should really help you prepare for next year's show.


1. COLORFUL ILLUSION by L.L. Pickering
Purple Glass
(a) Arrangement using Museum Quality glass as accessory
(b) Composition using Broken Purple Glass

2. ART GEMS-29 Palms Artist's Workshop
(a) 3"x3"x3" overall composition.
(b) 6"x6"x6" overall composition.

3. SAND IN MY SHOE by Helen Bagley
Composition with sand and an item(s) that contained water as an accessory.

Composition with rusty item(s) as accessory

5. HI DESERT DREAMING by Joan Wilson
Composition with mining accessory

6. THE EARTH IS OUR MOTHER by D. H. Eargle Jr.
Composition with accessory of Indian life

7. FIVE ACRES OF HEAVEN by Ed Ainsworth
Composition larger than 20"x16"x30"
No specific accessory but with the focus on the weeds.

8. DESERT WAS HOME by Elizabeth Campbell
Composition containing any found object, for children ages 4-12 ONLY.

9. A PECULIAR PIECE OF DESERT by L. Rassmussen O'Neal
Wierd Weeds-one (1) weed skeleton only. Not a composition, no accessory and no bigger than a bread box.


The rules are really quite simple.

1. You may enter as many categories as you wish but submit ONE entry per category.

2. Class 1 (a) is an ARRANGEMENT which uses ONLY fresh plant material, not necessarily native plants.

3. All classes are COMPOSITIONS which may include fresh desert plant material together with a dried plant in its natural state, that is, not varnished or painted. A composition can also use dried plants exclusively. All compositions MUST include dried plants. It is a Weed Show after all.

4. Each entry must have an accessory to fit the category, i.e. mining item, purple glass, etc.

5. Only natural adhesives may be used to hold the entry together, i.e. clay, sand, sap, etc. (that means no hot glue, oasis foam, concrete, etc.)

6. No artificial plants are allowed.

7. The base used for your entry must be solid enough to permit handling by a committee member. Only a committee member will be allowed to reposition a display. Construction paper or mat board may be used to compliment your entry.

8. Due to limited space in the museum, the maximum size for indoor entries is 20"x16"x30. Larger entries will automatically be staged outside and will be unattended. Each outside entry must be strong enough to withstand wind and weather.

9. Class 8 is ONLY for children under 12 years of age. A youngster may enter any other class and will be judged with the adults.

10. Entries must be brought to the museum between the hours of 4:00 and 6:30 p.m. on Friday, October 31 or Saturday, November 1 from 7:00 to 9:30 a.m. NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED. Judging is from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

The Weed Show is open to the public from noon to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 1 and 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 2.

Entries must be picked up between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. Sunday, November 2.

The Twentynine Palms Historical Society is not responsible for loss, damage or unclaimed entries.

Pictures of 2008 winning entries.

2008 Winners.

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