DC State Fair to feature marijuana growing contest

This year's D.C. State Fair is getting more attention than ever because of a new contest at the fair.

For the first time, the fair will include a marijuana growing contest.

Organizers Mark Perry and Wendy Caron got recognition at the fair last year for things they grew in a community garden. They say there is nothing wrong with the new contest.

"All state fairs seem to have their own unique elements. For example, there could be a butter contest, a butter sculpting contest. So this is our own unique, interesting aspect," said organizer Wendy Caron.

There will be no smoking up in public. The contest will be judged on appearance, odor and touch.

"I think we're sending mixed messages, especially to our young people," said Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander. "This is another way to try to make money or bring attention to the legalization of marijuana."

Possession of small amounts of marijuana was legalized in D.C. earlier this year. People are allowed to grow their own plants at home.

The D.C. State Fair will be held on September 12 at the Old City Farm and Guild.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.