People in the Mahoning Valley who want to see or view some beautiful flowers this weekend can head to Boardman Park from Friday, August 25 to Sunday, August 27 for the 19th Annual Mahoning Valley Dahlia Society (MVDS) Dahlia Show.

The event will be held Friday through Sunday at the Lariccia Family Community Center in Boardman Park (375 Boardman-Poland Road).

Registration and flower arrangements begin at 4:00 PM on Friday and 7:00 AM on Saturday. The show opens to the public at 1:00 pm on Saturday, and 10:00 am on Sunday. The event is completely free.

Guests can enjoy a variety of dahlia arrangements of all shapes and sizes and even some themes that honor our Ohio roots in a unique way.

MVDS President Harriet Chandler tells 21 News dahlias are a very special type of flower, and set themselves apart from others because of all the different shapes, sizes, and colors they come in. Chandler tells us they’re in a “class of their own.”

For those looking to score their own flowers for display, here’s everything you need to know.

Registration will take place on Friday between 4:00pm and 10:00pm and on Saturday between 7:00am and 10:00am and entry cards can be obtained from the registration desk.

Flower owners registered at the exhibition will be divided into the following three categories:

– Beginner/New Grower – An exhibitor who has grown and shown dahlias for three years or less.

– Small Farmer – Exhibitor who grows 1 to 124 hills of dahlia plant sizes AA, A, B and BB.

– Large grower – Exhibitor who grows 126 or more hills of AA, A, B and BB size dahlia plants.

Note that a Beginner/New Farmer may appear in any of the Top Sections, but a Junior Farmer may not appear in Beginner or Senior Farmers except those marked All and Senior Farmers may only appear in Large Sections except those marked All .

All specimens and flowers must be planted by the exhibitor, but seedling flowers may be entered by someone other than the exhibitor. All entries become the property of MVDS and may not be removed without the approval of the Show Committee.

For those looking to be a little more creative, there is also an Art Design category, which features five different categories all with an overarching theme of Ohio Salute. Exhibitors are allowed one entry per category.

The categories are as follows:

– Manufacturing: Innovative vertical line design. Incorporating industrial components such as metal, plastic, rubber and glass to honor Ohio’s rich manufacturing history.

– Farming: Ranking to evoke the “farm feel” to reflect the one in eight Ohioans who work in agriculture.

– WATER: Innovative design in a low-profile container that holds two-thirds water to honor Ohio’s lakes from Lake Erie to the Ohio River.

– Higher Education: Honoring colleges and universities across Ohio with rankings centered on those schools’ colors.

– Our People: Celebrating all Ohioans with a group arrangement of different dahlia shapes and assorted nomenclature.

There is also a cut flower category, which includes flowers stored in baskets.

A complete list of rules for exhibitors and information for guests can be found here.