February 20 to March 1, 2025 Footloose at the Fair!
February 20 to March 1, 2025 Footloose at the Fair!

Conservation Tray

Show / Contest Coordinator

Ann Bishop, 352-438-2475 (office) or 352-817-9293 (cell)

More about the Conservation Tray Contest

Land conservation practices are not typical areas of expertise for most young people, but you will get a pleasant and educational surprise when you view these landscape miniatures. Each exhibit is built with much care and perseverance to display modern conservation techniques. You will see examples of strip cropping, natural woodland preservation, strategic land clearing, hedgerow planting, crop residue use, pasture management, terracing, pond sites, cover crops, mulching, waste management, field windbreaks, irrigation systems, and much more. The exhibits are judged on overall workmanship, authenticity, overall appearance, and — of course — on clear display of conservation practices. Don’t miss these miniature landscapes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I find the tray to purchase on my own?
The tray is actually a “concrete mixing tray” and can be found in the lumber department of Lowe’s, Home Depot, and other similar stores.

Is my child eligible? Any student older than 8 years of age and up, who attends the mandatory meeting and pays entry fee may enter this contest. Each exhibitor must be a member of a 4H club or FFA chapter, live in Marion County or attend a Marion County school.

Can we enter as a group? Yes, but each team member must fill out an entry form.

How much does it cost? $2 entry fee.

2024 Winners

Junior:  Will Love, Belleview Bald Eagles 4H  

Intermediate: Peyton Miller, Belleview Bald Eagles 4H  

Senior:  Frank Sakuta, Caprine 4H  

Group: Lake Weir High FFA

Best In Show:  Congratulations Lake Weir High FFA!

Thank You Conservation Tray Sponsors

Marion Soil & Water Conservation District

Sponsorship Opportunities

You Can Help

SEYF is a non-profit, and is reliant on help from the community in the form of donations of money, services and time.  Click below to get involved and help us help the youth of Marion County.