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Open Class Exhibits: Prepare now — enter Tuesday, Wednesday

Idaho County Fair 2018

An owl photo was just one of the many items entered in the open class section of the Idaho County Fair in 2017.

Photo by Lorie Palmer
An owl photo was just one of the many items entered in the open class section of the Idaho County Fair in 2017.

— Jams, cakes and wood projects, oh, my!

It’s time to get together your entries for the 2018 Idaho County Fair Open Class Exhibits.

Perhaps you’ve been thinking about this since last year or maybe this is the first time you’ve given thought to this. Whatever the case, there’s plenty of time to get your entries ready.

You can pick up a fair premium book at the U of I/4-H Extension Office in the Idaho County Courthouse or pick one up at the Idaho Country Free Press. This has all the categories and rules listed for the fair, but here’s some general information:

When to enter open class exhibits:

  • •Tuesday, Aug. 14, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • •Wednesday, Aug. 15, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Know the open class building will be closed Wednesday from 1 to 6 p.m. for judging. All exhibits and ribbons must be picked up Saturday, Aug. 18, 4 to 6 p.m. Present claim check at this time.

Categories for entry include art, baked goods, beer and wine, crocheted items, food preservation, hobbies, horticulture (flowers, fruits and vegetables), knitted articles, needlework, photography, quilts, sewing and spinning. Don’t see your category here? Don’t worry. It’s under one of these areas in a sub-category and if it hasn’t been entered before, well, there’s the “other” category.

So, you don’t craft or create or bake or cook or sew? It’s OK. Surely you have a collection. Collections are some of the most fun items to look at during the fair. In addition, there’s an entire youth division and falling under this are the always-fun “creature features” made from vegetables and fruits.

So, whether you have the hugest pumpkin ever or the tiniest green peppers, enter them in the fair. This is a fun time for people from throughout the community to browse through and see a variety of items including wheat stalks, sunflowers, Lego creations, eggs, apples, cakes, dried fruit, scrapbooks, hand-sewn outfits, cedar chests and more.

Get ready, get set, enter!


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