BY KIM HUGHES –
Just three more weeks until entries are due in the Education Building at the Polk County Fair! On Tuesday, September 1, we will accept all entries, except Baked Goods and Fresh Cut Flowers, from noon until 6:00 pm. Baked Goods and Fresh Cut Flowers may be entered on Wednesday morning from 7:30 until 10:00 am. Judging begins at 1:00 pm.
This includes Educational Exhibits from schools and youth clubs. The exhibits will be given a four-foot section of a table to place their display. Most groups have a tri-fold display board with hand-outs or additional information placed on the table. Each group that enters an Educational Exhibit will receive $7 for participation and the over-all department winner will receive an additional $10.00. Each class winner will receive $3 for first; $2 for second; and $1 for third, along with blue, red, or white ribbons.
Groups eligible for display are 4-H clubs, FHA clubs, FCCLA clubs, Scouts and other youth groups. Be sure and call the Extension Service office at 479-394-6018 by 5:00 pm on Thursday, August 27 to reserve your spot and for any questions.
There are 16 Departments in the Education Building of the fair. These are commonly called “Creative Arts,” but also include Horticulture, Farm Crops, Fruit & Vegetable (Garden) Crops, and Agriculture Mechanics.
In Agriculture Mechanics we usually have few entries. Articles exhibited must have been constructed by FFA or 4-H members either as a part of their Agriculture Mechanics instruction or as part of their Supervised Agriculture Experience program. Entries may be individual projects or chapter/club projects. Classes include trailers, tractor implements, tools, livestock equipment, reconditioned equipment, and a few more. First place pays $16; second place pays $14; third place pays $12; fourth place pays $10. I would like to encourage more entries in this Department. Call our office for more information.
Did your family have a garden or orchard this year? Anything that you grew (or helped to grow, including planting, weeding, harvesting, etc.) can be entered by you in either “Farm Crops” or “Fruit & Vegetable Crops.” This is where you can show off your “biggest watermelon” or “biggest pumpkin.” We also have classes for corn, honey, apples, beans, tomatoes, peppers, squash, onions and just about anything else you can grow in Polk County.
Next week I will talk about other things you can enter in the Education Building at the Fair. Fair catalogs are now available at local businesses and at the Extension Office at 211 DeQueen Street.