Recognizing all things Hemp related with our second annual Midwest Industrial Hemp Awards.

New Categories for this Year

Giant Kola Contest & 

Hemp Building Materials

Celebrating 2021 Industrial Hemp Products

How to Enter

Fill out the registration form linked on your entry receipt. Mail your products to us prior to the judging which will take place on May 7, 2022.

Note: Giant Kolas may be brought to the Expo and still judged if received by noon on Friday May 20, 2022.

How to Win

Enter your hemp products, pictures or nomination and a panel of 7 judges will review all items submitted. Based on a scoring matrix, the scores will be tabulated and the winners determined. They will be announced at The Hempies Award Ceremony.


Hemp Building Materials:

Any single product or combination of products that is used in the building or construction industry using any hemp material.

Food Products:

Any food product(s) using any part of the industrial hemp plant as an ingredient, or industrial hemp on its own.

Giant Kola Contest:

New for 2021 is the Giant Kola Contest! Send in or bring in your Giant Kola for display on Friday, May 20th. A valid state 2021 license is required. Length, weight, aroma and crystal structure will be judged. Your Kola’s may be picked up after the event.


This can be for an item, individual or group that should be recognized for the advancement of the hemp industry. Submit a maximum of two pages outlining the reason why you believe the entry should win the award. Pictures may also be submitted with a limit of 4. You may nominate yourself, another individual, a group, a product, or a piece of equipment.

Miscellaneous Category:

If after reviewing ALL of our different category choices you don’t find one that feels like a good fit for you, then enter it here.

Personal Care Products:

Bath bombs, soaps, facial products, hair care, lotions, salves, tinctures, other related items.


Any type of pet products or toys.


Any hemp-related pictures you want to enter. There are two categories: amateur and professional. Submit an 8″ x 10″ printed photo to be judged. There will also be a People’s Choice Award which will be voted on during the 2022 Midwest iHemp Expo. There will be an amateur and a professional category.


Any food recipe using industrial hemp as an ingredient or any part of the industrial plant on its own.


Any product made of any hemp material, including but not limited to: clothing, underwear, shoes, purses, facemasks, etc. In this category . . . if it’s got hemp in it, it can be entered.


For any industrial hemp personal or company submission, if CBD is included in the product, a valid and printed COA is REQUIRED.

Winner Drawing

Winners will be revealed Friday, May 20, 2022 during the Hempies Award Ceremony at the Midwest iHemp Expo.


Winners in each category will receive a really cool hemp award along with $100 for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place.

Everyone who enters gets great recognition. We will display all items submitted for the competition on the Midwest iHemp Expo website as well as a listing on the Expo website with links if they are provided.


Hemp products:

$50.00 per entry, per category entered.

This year the GIANT Kola, Photos along with the Innovation nomination are . . . Zero, Nada, Zip-O, FREEEEEE!!


How much product do I supply for judging?

Provide your product submission which may then be opened by the panel of 7 judges for their review. If you would like to also participate in our auction during The Hempies Award Ceremony, then please provide us with an additional identical item which will not be opened. We will let you decide how much product you need or want to send. Note: items will not be returned.

Note: pet food/treats may be judged on presentation vs. taste!

For any industrial hemp personal or company submission, if CBD is included in the product, a valid and printed COA is REQUIRED.

The auction for our charity cause – The Hero Project – will take place during the Expo on May 20–21, 2022 which will provide you with additional exposure. Winners for the auction will also be announced at The Hempies Awards Ceremony/party on Friday, May 20, 2022.

For the Innovation nomination, send a digital packet per nomination with a maximum of 4 photos. Digital entries should be sent to: jpetzold323@gmail.com.

Samples should be sent to:

iHemp Michigan
c/o Jackie Petzold
3576 Arivaca Dr.
Millington, MI 48746

Product samples must be received prior to May 7, 2022. The Giant Kolas must be in by noon on May 20, 2022. 

Samples will NOT be returned.

Giant Kolas may be picked up after The Hempies Award Ceremony.

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