Summer Is the Time to Begin Planning for Your Fair Exhibits

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I could have sworn I felt a mild breeze the other evening, interrupting the late afternoon humidity that has ramped up as we begin to get subtle hints of our encroaching summer weather pattern. That hint of a breeze got me thinking about the welcome reprieve of fall weather we’ll get if we can just stick out the central North Carolina summer over the next few months. And when my thoughts go to the Fall, I almost immediately think of that annual rite that welcomes a changing season, the Lee Regional Fair! Now I know, it may seem a little premature to begin thinking about the fair in June, but keep in mind it’s going to be here in just over three months.

Although summer heat doesn’t always conjure up images of fall festivities, I would encourage everyone to start contemplating what exhibits you may consider entering in this year’s Lee Regional Fair. Fair entries are a great way to get involved in the fair firsthand and the list of categories is expansive. Entry classes run the gamut, and perennially popular items include baked goods, artwork, plants, photography, handicrafts, canned items, and much more. Categories are broken down by age group, so there is ample opportunity for young children through “seasoned” fairgoers to enter their best wares for judging. And I haven’t even mentioned the best part, generous fair premiums in each category!

I’ll leave you with a tip that I have noticed to be common among those who have successful entries on a consistent basis. They begin planning their entries now. The more time you spend ahead studying the fair catalog (which will soon be available on the Lion’s Club website), the greater chance you will have in winning those blue ribbons. Consider what you have grown, quilted, photographed, canned, drawn, etc. during the previous year, and cross reference this list with the fair catalog for eligible items to enter. Begin to assemble the items a few weeks ahead of time if possible. This will eliminate last minute scrambling when it comes time to submit items, and will ensure that your entries are high quality and representative of the talents that you’d like to showcase. Be sure and check out the Lee Regional Fair website over the next month as the catalog comes available, as this document will provide an overview on everything you need to know related to entering exhibits. Best of luck on a lot of blue ribbons and I’ll see you this September at the Lee Regional Fair.

Bill Stone is the County Extension Director for North Carolina Cooperative Extension in Lee County.