The Annual Clarke County Fair is a great way to showcase your talents to the entire community. Do you have a yummy pie recipe that you’d like to share? Or fantastic vegetables to boast about? Or have your children made some darling crafts throughout the year that you’re proud of?
Then enter them into the Fair! If you’ve done it before, then you know the drill. But if you’re new to the county or have ever walked through the Homemaking building and thought “How do I enter my fabulous homemade jam?” here’s all the information you need.
It’s simple. Just bring your exhibits to the Clarke County Ruritan Fairgrounds during the specified time, wait in line to get your exhibitor #, then proceed to the appropriate department to submit your exhibit.
The Homemaking department includes Arts & Crafts, Baked Goods, Food Preservation, Clothing, Needle Art, Arts & Craft Paintings, Hobbies & Collections, Educational Exhibits. The other departments are Fine Arts, Photography, Agriculture/Horticulture (fruits, garden vegetables & field crops) and Floral. Each department will accept entries from children and adults. And please note that entries in the Fine Arts, Photography and Arts & Crafts Pictures must be framed, mounted with a wire or screw eye for hanging.
New this year in the Homemaking-Crafts Dept is a Gourd Category for crafted gourds (painted, dyed, etc) . In addition, the Virginia Gourd Society is sponsoring the Gail Smith Memorial Award. In honor and memory of Gail Smith, a devoted Virginia Lovers’ Gourd Society (VLGS) member and a creative gourd artist, the Society offers the Gail Smith Memorial Award recipient a one year paid membership to the VLGS and a book on how to use gourds in crafting ornaments.
Here are the times to submit your exhibits:
Sunday, August 12 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Homemaking, Fine Arts & Photography exhibits accepted
Monday, August 13 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. – Homemaking, Fine Arts & Photography exhibits accepted
1 p.m.- 8 p.m. – Agriculture and Horticulture exhibits accepted
Tuesday, August 14 9 a.m.- Noon- Agriculture ,Horticulture and Floral exhibits accepted
5 p.m.- 9 p.m.- Floral exhibits accepted
The Clarke County Fair accepts exhibits from Clarke County as well as the adjoining counties: Loudoun, Fauquier, Warren, Frederick and Jefferson County, WV. For complete rules & details, visit www.clarkecountyfair.org and click on “Departments”.
The complete rules and categories can also be found in the 58th Annual Clarke County Fair catalog which is available, free-of-charge, at area businesses such as the Bank of Clarke County, BBT, Berryville Newstand, Library, County Offices, etc.