See you (and your exhibits) at the fair

The Cowley County Fair begins Aug. 1. If everyone in the county entered at least one item, Barn 4 at the Winfield Fairgrounds would be overflowing! Here are the top 10 reasons why you should enter something in the Open Class division:

10. Anyone can exhibit something in open class. There is no entry fee and it is open to anyone in the world.

9.  A variety of classes are available to showcase creations or collections. Departments include foods; photography; grains, grasses & farm products; art, antiques; hobbies; textiles; garden and floral. Visit or under the “special sections” tab to view the 2019 Premium Guide. Specific rules are detailed for all departments. Check the rules for how many entries will be accepted per class and specifics so your entry will be accepted.

8. Check-in is easy! Helpful volunteers will accept exhibits between noon and 7 p.m. at the south end of Building 4 at the Winfield Fairgrounds on Aug. 1. Exhibitors are encouraged to mail in the entry form prior to the fair (available at under the Fair Book button). However, entries and forms will be accepted on Aug. 1.

7. More entries = more interesting displays. 

6. Your exhibit can make the job for the judge more interesting. If there are only one or two exhibits per class, it may not be challenging for the judge to pick the winners. The more choices, the better the competition!

5. You might be eligible for a financial prize. First prize is awarded $2.50 and second prize is awarded $1. The more entries you make, the greater chance of money!

4. You might earn a Sweepstakes award. Blue ribbon exhibits in specific ranges of classes are reviewed and the top exhibit is awarded a special Sweepstakes ribbon and financial prize.

3. You have something to show off to your friends and family.

2. You can have the satisfaction of knowing you have contributed to our community to showcase the best of Cowley County.

1. It is fun to be part of a community tradition.

See you at the Cowley County Fair.

Becky Reid is the family and consumer sciences agent for K-State Research and Extension, Cowley County. She can be reached at 221-5450 or (620) 441-4565.

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