Twentynine Palms Historical Society
29 Palms, California

29 Palms Annual Weed ShowSM

November 7 and 8, 2015

2014 People's Choice Winner
Larry Bowden's entry that won the 2014 People's Choice award.

29 Palms' oldest and most unique tradition is celebrating its 75th year!

To celebrate the 75th year of The Weed Show, the 2015 Weed Show Committee chose categories that were the themes of previous years' shows. We are pleased to present:

"DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH, 75 Years In The Making"

This year's Weed Show will be open to the public from
noon to 4:00 p.m. on Sat (Nov 7) and 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sun (Nov 8).


1. 1940 - Ladies of the Club
Purple Glass - Arrangement using Museum Quality (flawless--see rules) purple glass as an accessory.

2. 1953 - Broken Dreams
Broken Purple Glass - Composition using Broken Purple glass (broken or imperfect) as an accessory.

3. 1970 - Weed Magic
Miniature 3x3x3 - 3x3x3 overall composition.

4. 1966 - Time Out For Weeds
Miniature 6x6x6 - 6x6x6 overall composition.

5. 1988 - Desert Colorama
Composition using 3 different colors as an accessory.

6. 1956 - Dried Drama
Composition using something related to the Old West as an accessory.

7. 2006 - Tools of the Trade
Composition using a rusted tool as an accessory.

8. 2000 - Eye of the Beholder
Composition using weathered wood as an accessory.

9. 1941 - Flower Show
Composition using dried weeds & fresh plant material as an accessory.

10. 1980 - Monumental Moments
Oversized composition to be staged outside. (Any entry which exceeds the length, width, height, or weight limitations set out in the rules are placed outside.)

11. 1991 - Good Old Schoolhouse
Kids 8 and under - Composition using any item from school as an accessory.

12. 1976 - Journey To Mars
Kids 9 to 12 - Composition using a space related item as an accessory.

13. No Holds Barred
For past Blue Ribbon winners ONLY! Anything goes but cannot be oversized. Entrants will be verified.


Please read the rules carefully. There are some changes from previous years.

The rules are really quite simple, but if you have any questions please contact the committee member at the telephone number or email address listed below.

1. Enter as many categories as you wish but you can only have ONE entry per category.

2. All compositions MUST include dried desert plants; it is a weed show after all.

3. Each entry MUST have an accessory to fit the category, as indicated in the category descriptions.

4. Only natural adhesives may be used to affix the fresh or dried material to the entry, i.e., clay, sand, sap, etc. (that means no hot glue, oasis foam, mortar, grout, etc.)

5. No artificial plants are allowed. No live or dead critters (or any parts thereof) allowed.

6. Your entry must be solid and stable enough to permit handling by a committee member. Only committee members will be allowed to reposition a display. Construction paper or mat board may be used to complement your entry.

7. The maximum size for indoor entries is 20"x16" and no more than 24" high with a maximum weight limit of 10 lbs. Larger or heavier entries will automatically be staged outside and will be unattended. Each outside entry must be strong enough to withstand wind and weather.

8. Category 1 is an ARRANGEMENT which uses ONLY fresh plant material, not necessarily native plants. Museum quality means flawless--in perfect condition as manufactured.

9. All other categories are COMPOSITIONS which may include fresh desert plant material together with a dried desert plant in its natural state, that is, not varnished or painted. A composition can also use dried desert plants exclusively.

10. Categories 11 and 12 are ONLY for children 12 years of age and under. Entries must conform with general rules. Children may enter any other category but will be judged with the adults.

11. Entries must be brought to the museum between the hours of 4:00 and 6:30 p.m. on Friday, November 6 or Saturday, November 7 from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED. Everything must be assembled and completed by 9:15 a.m. NO EXCEPTIONS. Judging is from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

12. The Weed Show is open to the public from noon to 4:00 p.m. on Sat (Nov 7) and 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sun (Nov 8). Entries must be picked up between 4:00 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov 9. Please, no early pickups. The Twentynine Palms Historical Society is not responsible for loss, damage or unclaimed entries.

Any questions? Please send email to

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