Wouldn't it be fun to have a Croton State Fair or something whereby us croton addicts could bring in our latest creations? Big contest...hybrid of the year or something. I like them Chris.
Jerry - although the interest in crotons has expontially increased in recent years, I don't believe a Croton State Fair could stand on its own. However, there is a venue that may be what you looking for. Its the Tropical Fern & Tropical Plant Society Show. I think it is held on the first weekend of June.
Over 30 varieties of Crotons were put in the show last year. If you choose, you fill out a card and your plant will be judged and ribbons are awarded. The Judges are not croton snobs looking for exteme rarities. Their criteria appears to focus on outstanding well grown plants with vibrant colors.
This Society is chock full of the friendliest plant lovers I have encountered. Many forum members here are also members of this Society. Three just joined this past year. With the Croton Society in hibrenation, many in this area have turned to this Society.
The Society's focus for this show has always been about showcasing and promoting the plants #1 and attracting new members #2, not making $. Last years show was the first in many years that did not finish in the red, they made about $7. They did sign up 9 new members. While many plant Societies are shrinking, this one is growing. As a matter of fact forum member Emmylou is the President.
An observation: Many of the Society members who were not interested in crotons are now beginning to embrace them since they are getting introduced to all the different cultivars they have never seen before. By the way - I am biased, I'm a member.