Best Buds

It’s true! For the first time ever, we’re hosting a new contest for local cannabis growers to show off their plants’ finest buds.


In February, the D.C. City Council voted for marijuana to be a legal intoxicant inside the city. District residents are allowed to grow up to six plants within their primary residence. Now that it’s legal, we wanted a way to highlight this new freedom while also showing off the agricultural talents of the District’s people.

Additionally, the other contests are just as important as this one. We still have many other agricultural contests that participants may enter, including longest and heaviest vegetables, pickled foods, tastiest tomato, and so many others. This is just another example of how urban farming has been reinvigorated in our city.


Adam Eidinger, a local businessman and activist, and Mark Perry, a DC organic landscaper and gardener, have been reaching out to local experts.  Chris  Washburn  Owner and Founder of Let’sGrowDC! will also be a judge of the Best Bud contest. The judges will test the quality of the marijuana for lots of criteria, which you can find on the application form. No one, including judges and fairgoers, will be smoking or ingesting the buds.


The D.C. State Fair is not an advocacy organization for marijuana usage rights, and we are doing our best to keep this contest within the boundaries of regulation and law. Showing lawmakers and law enforcement that the DC State Fair and D.C. citizens can be responsible and still exercise our rights is very important to us.

Only residents of D.C. are allowed to enter – please do not attempt to transport your plant or buds across neighboring state lines.


For press inquiries, please email Anna Tauzin, our outreach director.

For contest questions, please reach out to Wendy Caron, our contests coordinator.

Press Coverage

D.C.’s State Fair will have a marijuana growing competition this year – Washington Post

Washington DC State Fair Has an Interesting New Attraction This Year—And It May Come as a Surprise – IJReview

DC State Fair To Feature Pot Growing Competition – Daily Caller

Competing Buds in Our Nation’s Capital – East Bay Express

D.C. State Fair to host a marijuana growing competition – WGN TV

D.C. State Fair to feature first-ever marijuana growing competition – WJLA ABC 7

The D.C. State Fair will have a ‘Best Bud’ marijuana competition – Mashable

D.C. State Fair adds marijuana growing contest – Washington Times

Marijuana Growing Competition Added to D.C. State Fair – High Times

D.C. State Fair to Include ‘Best Bud’ Cannabis Contest – WNEW CBS

Poster Winner

We have a winner! After combing through many wonderful entries, the board voted and decided on the following three for our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. Our 1st place winner, Tracie Ching, will have her poster featured in some of our marketing efforts as well as be the focus of an upcoming blog post here on our website.

Join us September 12 for the DC State Fair as we recognize these three designers with their appropriate ribbons!


1st place
Tracie Ching – 1st Place


2nd place DC state fair poster design
Susie Cambria – 2nd Place


3rd place poster design
Liz Caselli-Mechael – 3rd Place

Design the Fair Poster!

Calling all artists, professional or hobbyists! For the first year ever, we’re having a poster design contest!

  1. Entries are open to DC residents only of all ages. Deadline to submit your design is June 8, 2015 June 15, 2015. There is no set theme, but we do like to highlight the communal, artistic, and gardening spirit that has guided the DC State Fair so far.

As a prize for the contest, the 1st place winner’s design will be used for some of our marketing efforts for this year’s Fair. Additionally, we will write and promote an article about the artist. Ribbons will be given at the DC State Fair for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.

Some guidelines:

  • Original work only – please make sure your images and photos are copyright free
  • Limit your submission size to 11″ by 17″

Don’t forget to include the following details:

  • September 12, 2015
  • 12 PM – 8 PM
  • 925 Rhode Island Ave NW
  • Our logo: download here
  • Contests (you don’t have to fit them all)