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Neighbors Growing Together | Jul 18, 2018

Entries sought for county fair’s open class

By Andy Hallman, Ledger news editor | Jun 20, 2018
Photo by: LEDGER ARCHIVE PHOTO Open Class Division ex-president Joyce Stanley shows examples of quilt blocks that have been used in each of the Open Class Division’s quilts since 2008. Every year, the Open Class Division raffles off a quilt between the Little Miss and Queen Contest on the Wednesday of fair week, which is next week.

People of all ages are eligible to enter their handiwork in the Greater Jefferson County Fair’s Open Class Division.

The open class includes projects of any kind, whether they be photographs, artwork, quilts, woodworking, gardening, food and everything in between. Projects must be turned into the Activity Building at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds no later than 8:30 a.m. June 27.

Open class volunteers will accept entries between noon and 6 p.m. Tuesday, and from 7-8:30 a.m. the following day. Judging will begin at 9 a.m. June 27.

The entry fee is the same as always: $1 for adults 18 years and older, and 50 cents for youth. The prize money hasn’t changed either. It’s $1.50 for a blue ribbon, $1 for a red ribbon and 50 cents for a white ribbon.

Ex-president of the open class, Joyce Stanley, said projects are not judged relative to each other, so all entries in a category could receive blue ribbons if they deserved it.

“Judges try to give comments on how they could improvement,” she said. “We like to have positive comments, but if some correction is needed, that must be put in. How else are you going to learn?”

Youth get coupons for their ribbons, often three or four to local restaurants.

“It’s a way to get the youth interested,” said Stanley, who added that it can be a lot of work for youngsters who just got out of school and who are also working on 4-H projects.

The judging is blind, so the judges do not know who submitted which item until after assigning it a ribbon and submitting comments.

Stanley tells crafters not to worry about what category to enter. When they show up to enter, the judges will find a category for them. The only requirement for food is that it not require refrigeration.

The exhibits remain in the Activities Building for the public to see until Sunday. The food, on the other hand, is sold Wednesday afternoon from 1-4 p.m. Judges retain a piece of it, whether it be a cookie or slice of pie, to show the public. Food sales go to the open class’s treasury. The food is sold unless the exhibitor requests it not be.

The open class auctions off a quilt every year between the Little Miss and Queen Contest Wednesday in the show arena. The quilt has been displayed around the square for the past few months. The quilt they’ll do for next year will be on display in the Activities Building.

“We’ve done that for quite a few years, and it really helps our treasury,” Stanley said.

Open class president Tracy Hammes said the event is a great opportunity to show a skill that the public didn’t know of before.

“People love to come see all the different things people do, their artwork, paintings, woodwork, and refinishing,” she said. “I got interested in it because I wanted to learn how to quilt, so a few friends taught me how to do it.”

A fairly new category in the open class is “Lego,” started last year.

“We got some really neat Lego projects,” Hammes said. “They were fun to look at.”

 

Sponsored activities

The open class sponsors several activities during the fair next week, and they are:

• Cupcake decorating from 3-5 p.m. Wednesday in the Activity Building;

• Scavenger Hunt, which begins 8 a.m. Thursday, June 28;

• Frozen T-shirt contest at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 28, in the show arena;

• Chicken throwing contest at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 30, in show arena;

• Watermelon seed spitting contest, following chicken throwing contest.

 

The schedule for open class animal shows on Sunday, July 1, is:

Noon - Horse show

2 p.m. - Pet show in Dairy Barn

6 p.m. - Doug Moothart Memorial beef show

 

 

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