Enter Your Exhibits in the Clarke County Fair

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.


  1. Tammy Lanham says:

    Great article! So glad to see the outline of entry dates as a reminder. Entering items is really easy and fun — usually things we treasure around the house that would be interesting to share with others. Our favorite entries over the years have included models (legos), flowers (from the back yard), collections (every kid seems to have one), handcrafted items (school art projects and crafts) and pictures (make sure to read mounting instructions before bringing framed prints:) We love seeing familiar names on the entries during the exhibits – and spread the word when ribbons are awarded to friends and neighbors!

    For many years our kids have entered at least 5 items each – and then they can buy a season pass for $3.00 – a great idea since we’re there every day for one reason or another. (Adults can also enter 5 items for a $6.00 pass for the week). And at the end of the week it’s great to take the kids to the fair office and collect an envelope of cash for the ribbons they’ve earned! (the amount most often covers the week passes plus a bit more).

    Entering items is a GREAT way to participate and join the fun at any age. See you at the fair!