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The entry deadline has passed for this contest.

Rules And Regulations For Sections: A, B, C

  1. Vegetables and fruits must be grown, selected and arranged by an individual. Groups that work on a vegetable garden must enter a plate by having a child choose the vegetable(s) they would like to enter. (It isn't fair for a group to compete against an individual.) Each child needs their own entry form.
  2. Exhibitors should keep in mind when selecting specimens that the judge looks for:
    • Uniformity of size, shape and color
    • Trueness of type
    • Proper number of specimens per plate
    • Exhibits in the proper class
    • Washed when necessary
    • Leave one inch tops on beets and carrots
    • Onions should not be peeled
    • Stems off field Tomatoes
    • Tips left on Beans
    • Damaged parts trimmed or removed
    • Peppers - same number of lobes
    • Condition of, and freedom from blemishes
  3. Squmpkins or large overgrown pumpkins will not be exhibited in the Jr. dept. These are entered in the adult section, one per family.
  4. You must follow all rules and regulations listed, including the entry dates, or you will be disqualified.
  5. All exhibits must represent the work of the individual. The child must set up the exhibit for those under 20 years of age.
  6. Entries will be screened by department.

Awards For Sections A, B, C

  1. Only worthy entries will receive prizes at the discretion of the judges.
  2. Honorable mention ribbon to be awarded at the discretion of the judge.
  3. Sweepstakes rosette will be awarded in both the fruit and vegetable sections for the best plate in the show.
  4. A special award (ribbon) will be given to: 1. Best pair of pumpkins in the show 2. Best pair of squash in the show
  5. All ribbons, awards and entries can be picked up on Tuesday, October 14th between 1pm and 5pm. All monetary awards (1st-5th) will be mailed to you.

SECTION A: Vegetables

Entry forms must be received by Monday, September 15th at 5 PM. Exhibits must be set up Thursday, October 2rd from 4-8PM. (Judging will begin this very evening. Exhibitors will be asked to leave the Junior area at 8 PM. Please plan accordingly.)
NO EXCEPTIONS: Entries close at 5PM on September 15th.

Awards: FIRST $6.00 SECOND $5.00 THIRD $4.00

  1. Beans, Pole Wax, 15 specimens
  2. Beans, Pole green, 15 specimens
  3. Beans, Pole Shell, 15 specimens
  4. Beans, green, 15 specimens
  5. Beans, Purple, 15 specimens
  6. Beans, Wax, 15 specimens
  7. Beans, Shell, 15 specimens
  8. Beans, lima, 15 specimens
  9. Beets, 5 specimens
  10. Broccoli, 2 specimens
  11. Cabbage, 2 specimens
  12. Cabbage, red, 2 specimens
  13. Carrots, 5 specimens
  14. Danvers Half-carrot, 5 specimens
  15. Cauliflower, 2 specimens
  16. Celery, 2 bunches
  17. Corn, Sweet, husks on, 5 specimens
  18. Popcorn, 2 specimens
  19. Cucumbers, 2 specimens
  20. Pickling cukes, 2 specimens
  21. Egg Plant, 2 specimens
  22. Herbs, 3 types in (1) clear glass container with water
  23. Lettuce, 2 specimens
  24. Onions, Yellow Flat or globe type, 5 specimens
  25. Onions, White Flat or globe type, 5 specimens
  26. Onions, Red Flat or globe type, 5 specimens
  27. Peppers, Hot red, any type, 5 specimens
  28. Peppers, Hot green, any type, 5 specimens
  29. Peppers, Hot Yellow, any type, 5 specimens
  30. Peppers, Sweet green, any type, 5 specimens
  31. Peppers, Sweet red, any type, 5 specimens
  32. Peppers, Sweet Yellow, any type, 5 specimens
  33. Peppers, Purple, any type, 5 specimens
  34. Potatoes, any smooth-skinned late variety, 5 specimens
  35. Potatoes, any netted late variety, 5 specimens
  36. Potatoes, any red variety, 5 specimens
  37. Potatoes, any other, 5 specimens
  38. Radishes, 10 specimens

Awards: FIRST $10.00 SECOND $8.00 THIRD $6.00

  1. Squash, butternut, 2 specimens
  2. Squash, buttercup, 2 specimens
  3. Squash, Delicious, green, 2 specimens
  4. Squash, Delicious, golden, 2 specimens
  5. Squash, Spaghetti, 2 specimens
  6. Squash, Hubbard, blue, 2 specimens
  7. Squash, Hubbard, green, 2 specimens

Awards: FIRST $6.00 SECOND $5.00 THIRD $4.00

  1. Squash, Summer, Yellow, 2 specimens
  2. Squash, Zucchini, green, 2 specimens

Awards: FIRST $10.00 SECOND $8.00 THIRD $6.00

  1. Squash, acorn type, green or White, 2 specimens
  2. Squash, carnival, 2 specimens

Awards: FIRST $6.00 SECOND $5.00 THIRD $4.00

  1. Squash, any other winter variety, 2 specimens
  2. Tomatoes, green, any type, stems off, 5 specimens
  3. Tomatoes, red, any field type, stems off, 5 specimens
  4. Tomatoes, red, any trellis type, stems off, 5 specimens
  5. Tomatoes, red, any Plum or Pear type, stems off, 10 specimens
  6. Tomatoes, cherry type, stems on, or on branch, 10 specimens
  7. Tomatoes, Yellow, any Plum or Pear type, stems off, 10 specimens
  8. Tomatoes, Yellow, any other, stems off, 5 specimens

Awards: FIRST $12.00 SECOND $10.00 THIRD $8.00

  1. Pumpkins, Field, 2 specimens, woody stem
  2. Pumpkins, Jack-o-lantern, 2 specimens
  3. Pumpkins, White, 2 specimens

Awards: FIRST $8.00 SECOND $6.00 THIRD $4.00

  1. Pumpkins, Sugar-Pie, 2 specimens
  2. Pumpkins, Jack-b-little, 2 specimens
  3. Garlic
  4. Watermelon, 2 specimens

Awards: FIRST $6.00 SECOND $5.00 THIRD $4.00

  1. Greens, any type, 2 specimens (roots on)
  2. Gourds, collection, 10 specimens in a decorative container
  3. Any decorative type corn, 2 specimens

Awards: FIRST $15.00 SECOND $13.00 THIRD $10.00

  1. Bushel, any Vegetable Pack for Market

Awards: FIRST $6.00 SECOND $5.00 THIRD $4.00

  1. Any other worthy exhibit

Awards: FIRST $10.00 SECOND $8.00 THIRD $6.00 FOURTH $4.00 FIFTH $4.00

  1. Display of at least 5 different vegetables artfully arranged in a decorative container
  2. Sunflower, largest 12" stalk attached (Judged for largest diameter and fully seeded head.)

SECTION B: 3X4 Foot Displays

Entry forms must be received by Monday, September 15th at 5 P.M.

Exhibits must be set up Thursday, October 2nd from 4 - 8 P.M.

(Judging will begin this very evening. Exhibitors will be asked to leave the Junior area at 8 PM Please plan accordingly.)

Rules And Regulations

  1. This will be an individual event. The youth must be 18 yrs of age or under (proof may be required).
  2. All vegetables must be grown, picked and arranged by the child.
  3. The exhibit shall occupy a space 3ft wide x 4ft deep. No taller than 2 1/2 feet. Only worthy products should be exhibited. Each kind of vegetable should be properly labeled as to variety and in the amounts indicated in Section A. At least 5 types of vegetables or fruits.
  4. Exhibits will be judged according to trueness to type, arrangement, freedom from disease, insect and mechanical injury, also condition and uniformity.
  5. The exhibitor should have prepared any canning or decorations used.
  6. List of vegetables and variety must be included in the display.
  7. Be creative. Choose a theme or design that draws a viewer to your display.
  8. The entrant will be disqualified if he or she does not set up his or her own display.
  9. Follow dates and times for entry, set up and pick up.

Awards: FIRST $30.00 SECOND $25.00 THIRD $20.00 FOURTH $15.00 FIFTH $10.00

  1. 3 x 4 foot display.

SECTION C: Fruit

Entry forms must be received by Monday, September 15th at 5 P.M.
NO EXCEPTIONS: Entries close at 5PM on September 15th

Exhibits must be set up Thursday, October 2nd from 4 - 8 P.M.

(Judging will begin this very evening. Exhibitors will be asked to leave the Junior area at 8 P.M. Please plan accordingly.)

Awards: FIRST $10.00 SECOND $8.00 THIRD $6.00

  1. Baldwin, 5 specimens
  2. Cortland, 5 specimens
  3. Delicious, 5 specimens
  4. Delicious, Yellow, 5 specimens
  5. Gravenstein, 5 specimens
  6. Macoun, 5 specimens
  7. Mcintosh, early, 5 specimens
  8. Mcintosh, late, 5 specimens
  9. Northern Spy, 5 specimens
  10. Wealthy, 5 specimens
  11. Crabapples, 10 specimens
  12. Spartan, 5 specimens
  13. Any other named variety, 5 specimens
  14. Pears, bartlett, 5 specimens
  15. Pears, bosc, 5 specimens
  16. Pears, clapps Favorite, 5 specimens
  17. Any other named Pear variety, 5 specimens
  18. Peaches, any variety, 5 specimens
  19. Grapes, blue, 3 bunches
  20. Grapes, green, 3 bunches
  21. Any other worthy exhibit

SECTION D: Decorative Pumpkins

Rules And Regulations

Entry forms must be received by Monday, September 15th by 5PM

All individual entries must be brought to the Vegetable building on Wednesday, October 1st between 3:30 - 8 pm.

All entries that you'd like to pick up must be retrieved on Tuesday, Oct. 14th between 1 - 5PM. Otherwise they will be donated to the food bank. Award ribbons may also be picked up on Tuesday, October 14th, 1 - 5PM.

All monetary awards will be mailed.

Individuals

  1. Pumpkins may be decorated in any manner but it must be obvious that a pumpkin is being used.
  2. No carving of the flesh please. you may secure decorations with pins, glue, etc.
  3. No artificial fruits or vegetables are to be used.
  4. Pumpkins are not to be taller than 15 inches. The decorative pumpkin must sit in a space 1 foot long, keeping in mind that the shelf is only 8 inches deep. Decorations may be taller, but must be self-supporting and the entry has to be stable enough to move.
  5. An exhibitor may only enter once per class.
  6. We try to be fair to all. This is why we have so many age groupings. We have family entries for adults who would like to participate with their children. Children entering in an age group must complete their own work.
  7. Pumpkins will be judged keeping in mind age, creativity, and the originality of theme.
  8. The fair and its committee members are not responsible for damage or lost items.

Individual Awards: FIRST $15.00 SECOND $12.00 THIRD $10.00 FOURTH $6.00 FIFTH $4.00

(Two prizes may be awarded in the first, second, and third categories as the judge deems worthy)

Special Award rosette for Best Individual Entry

Classes Offered: Individual

D1. 4-6 years old
D2. 7-9 years old
D3. 10-12 years old
D4. 13-15 years old
D5. 16-19 years old
D6. 20-100 years old
D6a. Special needs

Groups

Please note this important date change: Arrive to set up on Tuesday, September 30th.

  1. Option 1: Three tiers, each 3 feet long and 8 inches wide. This entry includes a backdrop that is 3 ft. wide by 2.5 ft. tall. The flat cardboard backdrop must be stapled to support provided. (no tri-folds please). The group's name must not appear on the backdrop.

    Option 2: Two tiers each 3 ft. Long and 8 inches wide. The decorations cannot be taller than 18 inches (no backdrop).

    Due to space limitations and fairness in exhibiting there will be a limited number of groups accepted. Also a group may not have more than 20 participants.
    *When registering priority is given to online registrations.

    D7 Scout troops:

    D8 Schools / Clubs:

    D9 Special needs:

    D10 Family Entries:
    Must be secured to a board (or any firm surface) entry can be no longer than 18" and no wider than 8".



  1. If your group is accepted as an entry you will be notified. All family groups will be accepted.
  2. All entries are date stamped upon receipt at the Administration Building at the Fair.
  3. All groups must follow the individual rules when decorating. Please be sure to read them carefully.
  4. The single theme should be chosen by the group. Keep in mind there are awards for Best Educational Theme and Team Work. Please remember that this is strictly a youth contest. Groups will be disqualified from the judging if it appears the adults are doing the majority of the decorating. Children must help set-up exhibit.
  5. You will be given a specific space to set up in and it is your job to make sure that your exhibit stays within those parameters. (Suggestion: Set up your exhibit at home first.)
  6. All groups may have a sign with your group's name printed on it. The sign must be 12 inches long x 3 inches tall. This sign will be turned over after judging. Please use this exact size for uniformity.

Group Awards: FIRST $30.00 SECOND $25.00 THIRD $20.00 FOURTH $15.00 FIFTH $10.00

Special Award Rosette for Best Group Entry

Classes offered: Groups

D7. Scouts / Troops
D8. Schools / Clubs
D9. Special needs
D10. Family

SECTION E: Poster Contest

Theme: Fruits And Vegetables "How Does My Fruit and Vegetable Garden Grow 2014"

Entry forms must be received by Monday, September 15th at 5PM.

Posters must be brought to the Vegetable building, Monday, September 22rd between 1 and 6 pm.

Posters are secured high on a barn wall.

All schools, troops, clubs or other groups who want to enter in this individual contest will need to have a contest amongst themselves first. Then a group may enter no more than 3 entries each. We have limited space and want to have as much of the commmunity involved as possible.

Award ribbons will be picked up on Tuesday, October 14th between 1 - 5 pm.

All 1st through 5th place awards not picked up will be mailed.

Monetary awards will be mailed.

Rules And Regulations

  1. Posters may be decorated in any manner keeping in mind the theme, using original artwork-no computer art.
  2. The posters should be no larger than 30" x 30". Any variation of the theme is acceptable. Please only use poster board. NO FORM BOARD.
  3. The posters will be judged for use of theme, creativity, color and public eye appeal.
  4. No poster will be hung if the committee feels it may be offensive to the public. Prizes will be awarded as the judge deems worthy.
  5. An exhibitor may enter only once in any given class.
  6. The fair is not responsible for damaged or lost items.
  7. Any entry not believed to be completed by the child will be disqualified.
  8. Each poster must be marked clearly with the name, age, full address and phone number on the back of their poster.

Individual Awards: FIRST $10.00 SECOND $7.00 THIRD $5.00 FOURTH $4.00 FIFTH $3.00

Classes offered: Individual
E1. 4-6 years old
E2. 7-9 years old
E3. 10-12 years old
E4. 13-15 years old
E5. 16-18 years old
E6. Special needs

Special Award Rosette will be awarded to the best posters in the show (as judge deems worthy).

Group Awards: FIRST $20.00 SECOND $18.00 THIRD $15.00 FOURTH $10.00 FIFTH $8.00 SIXTH $6.00 SEVENTH $4.00

The only group entry offered in the poster contest will be:
E7. Buddy (maximum of 2-4 entrants working on the same poster)

SECTION F: Veggie Creatures

Rules And Regulations

Entry forms must be received by Monday, September 15th by 5 pm.

All entries must be brought to the Vegetable building on Wednesday, October 1st 3:30 - 8 pm. Exhibitors must leave the Junior Vegetable area at 8 pm. (Please plan accordingly.)

All entries must be picked up on Tuesday, October 14th 1 - 5 pm, otherwise they will be discarded or donated to the food bank. Award ribbons may be picked up on Tuesday, October 14th between 1 - 5 pm. Monetary awards will be mailed. All 1st through 5th place awards not picked up will be mailed.

Individuals

  1. Veggie creatures may be decorated in any manner, but it must be obvious that vegetables are being used.
  2. No carving into the flesh of the fruits or vegetables please. You may attach decorations with pins, glue, etc.
  3. Any combination of vegetables allowed. No artificial fruits or vegetables of any kind.
  4. Vegetables are not to be taller than 15 inches. Veggie creatures must fit in a space one foot long, keeping in mind the shelving is 8 inches wide. Decorations may be taller, but must be self-supporting and the entry has to be stable enough to move.
  5. An exhibitor may only enter once per class.
  6. We try to be fair to all. This is why we have so many age groupings. We have a family entry for adults who would like participate with their children. Children entering in an age group must complete their own work.
  7. Creatures will be judged keeping in mind: age, creativity, and originality of theme.
  8. The Fair and its committee members are not responsible for any lost or damaged items.

Individual Awards: FIRST $10.00 SECOND $8.00 THIRD $6.00 FOURTH $4.00 FIFTH $2.00

Special Award Rosette for the Best Individual Entry will be awarded.

Classes Offered: Individual
F1. 4-6 years
F2. 7-9 years
F3. 10-12 years
F4. 13-15 years
F5. 16-18 years
F6. Special needs

Groups

Please not this important date change: Arrive to set up on Tuesday, September 30th.

Due to space limitations and fairness in exhibiting there will be a limited number of groups accepted. Based on online registration given priority

  1. Groups will be as follows:
    F7 Scout troops: 5 entries
    F8 Schools / Clubs: 5 entries
    F9 Special needs: 5 entries
    F10 Family entries: Must be secured to a board (or any firm surface) entry can be no longer than 18" and no wider than 8".
  2. All entries are date stamped upon receipt at the administration building at the Fair.
  3. All groups must follow the individual rules when decorating. Please be sure to read them carefully.
  4. The single theme should be chosen by the group. Keep in mind there are awards for Best Educational Theme and Team Work. Please remember that this is strictly a youth contest.
  5. All veggie creature group entries will be displayed on a flat surface with measurements not exceeding 3 ft. long x 18 inches wide x 18 inches high.
  6. You will be given a specific space to set up in and it is your job to make sure that your exhibit stays within those parameters. (Suggestion: Set up your exhibit at home first.)
  7. Groups will be judged on originality of theme, creativity, use of color, and attractiveness of display.
  8. All groups should have a sign with your group's name printed on it. The sign must be 12 inches long x 3 inches tall. This sign will be turned over after judging. Please use this exact size for uniformity.

Group Awards: FIRST $20.00 SECOND $15.00 THIRD $10.00 FOURTH $5.00 FIFTH $4.00 SIXTH $4.00 SEVENTH $4.00

Special Award Rosette For Best Group Entry

Classes offered: Groups
F7. Scouts / troops
F8. Schools /clubs
F9. Special needs
F10. Family

SECTION G: Decorative Hanging (Wall Or Door)

Theme: "Fall into the Season"

Rules And Regulations

Entry forms must be received by Monday, September 15th by 5 pm. NO EXCEPTIONS

All entries must be brought to the Vegetable building on Monday, September 22nd between 1 and 6 pm.

All schools, troops, clubs or other groups who want to enter in this individual contest will need to have a contest amongst themselves first. Then a group may enter no more than 3 entries each. We have limited space and want to have as much of the commmunity involved as possble.

All entries must be picked up on Tuesday, October 14th between 1 - 5 pm, otherwise they will be discarded.

Award ribbons may be picked up on Tuesday, October 14th between 1 - 5 pm. All 1st through 5th place awards not picked up will be mailed. Monetary awards will be mailed.

  1. Decorative Hanging should be no larger than 2 ft. in length, width or height.
  2. Keeping in mind the theme, create a decoration that you would want to hang on your door or wall.
  3. The use of natural material is encouraged. However, the decoration is meant to be used at one's home for months, so artificial ingredients are acceptable.
  4. It must have a wire attached so that it can be hung on a trellis fence.
  5. Only one entry per class.
  6. Wall Hangings will be judged for use of materials, color, creativity, public eye appeal and use of theme.
  7. You must send in entry forms and bring in exhibits by the dates and times listed above.
  8. Your name, town, age and phone number must be attached to the back of the hanging.

Awards: FIRST $10.00 SECOND $8.00 THIRD $6.00

Special Rosette Award to the Best Wall Hanging in Show


G1. 4-6 yrs
G2. 7-9 yrs
G3. 10-12 yrs
G4. 13 -15 yrs
G5. 16-18 yrs
G6. Special needs

No Group Entries Offered.

Special Awards

METCALF MEMORIAL AWARD: To be awarded to the individual receiving the most ribbons in the entire Junior Vegetable Department.

WOOD MEMORIAL AWARD: To be awarded to the individual receiving the most 1st place ribbons in the Junior Fruit and Vegetable Department.

HENRY J. RANTA MEMORIAL AWARD: For the Best Educational Exhibit in the Junior Vegetable Show.

CARLETON M. STEARNS MEMORIAL AWARD: To the exhibitor with the best plate in the Junior Fruit and Vegetable Department.

SYDNEY A. PORTER MEMORIAL AWARD: Two awards will be given:
(1) Best Family or Group Entry in Decorative Pumpkin or Veggie Creature.
(2) Best Individual Entry in Decorative Pumpkin or Veggie Creature.

SPIRIT AWARD: To the exhibitor who exhibits good sportsmanship & creativity. The Junior committee will give this award.

TEAM ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: To the group who shows creativity, team work, cooperation and plenty of youth involvement.

JIMMY STELLINE INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: To the exhibitor who shows knowledge, workmanship, and thoroughness in exhibiting.

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