July 4, 2018

Grayson County Fair Information

SAVE the Date for the 2019 Grayson County Fair!  It’s Saturday August 10th.

Would you like to be a judge? 

As we add more exhibit categories to the next Grayson County Fair, we also need to add more judges! Judging categories vary from food preservation, dried foods and vinegars, and baked goods to photography, Legos and models, quilts, sewing and more. 2 judging schools will be held soon.  I’ll be going to the first school in Blacksburg in November if you want to carpool.  The fee is $25 and it starts at 8:30 am on  Saturday, November 10, 2018 at Virginia Tech, Litton-Reaves Hall 175 West Campus Drive Blacksburg, VA 24061.  The registration form for November is here.The second is the Virginia 2019 Winter Judging School on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at The OMNI Homestead Resort, The Dominion Room Hot Springs, VA.  The form for this school is Winter 2019_Registration Form

The schools are hosted by Virginia Cooperative extension and the Caroline County Agricultural Fair Association. The purpose of the judging school is to train and certify judges for county fairs, the State Fair of Virginia, and other related competitions throughout the Commonwealth.  All instructors are certified and have taught at fair judging schools throughout Virginia, Maryland and other neighboring states.

Participants should have some knowledge of the subject area (s) they plan to register for and are encouraged to bring samples to be discussed in the class. You can also pick up forms at the Grayson County extension office or at the Grasyon Landcare/IFM office Wednesdays from 10 am to 6 pm.

Please send completed forms by mail to: MACINE WILLIAMS, JUDGING SCHOOL P.O. BOX 1207 RUTHER GLEN, VA 22546  or Email: macine.lakeland@gmail.com Phone: (804) 349-2696

If you want to carpool, email Michelle at independencefarmersmarket@gmail.com.





Grayson County is adding a Fair! to the current Youth Livestock Show.

The Livestock Show is always held the 2nd Saturday in August, this year that’s August 11.
The location is Bottomley’s Evergreens and Farm, 10278 Elk Creek Pkwy, Elk Creek, VA 24326. Check out the schedule for the Livestock Show.

This year’s Fair will feature exhibits by local agricultural producer groups, service organizations, and retailers. We’ll also be judging youth and adult entries in vegetables, baked goods, and canned goods.  We are keeping the exhibit list small this year while we learn how to organize everything. We plan to have the full slate of exhibits next year and a team of volunteers in place to help enter and display all the entries. You can help us this year by being part of the Fair and entering!

Here is all the information you’ll need.  The Exhibit Book lists all the categories (and there are LOTS of them) and the basics about how ribbons are awarded.   The University of Kentucky produced this great publication about exhibiting vegetables.  And finally, check out the adult entry form and the youth entry form.  Exhibitors should download, print and carefully fill out their Entry Form and bring with their exhibit(s) to registration. Please print or type legibly. It will be great if you fill out the forms ahead of time, but we will also have forms available at registration.

You may bring your exhibits to Bottomley’s Thursday, August 9 from 5-8pm and Friday, August 10 from 10 am to 3 pm. Pick-up date for Exhibits will be Sunday, August 12th, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm.

For Exhibit Questions or Additional Information Contact:
Michelle Pridgen– Exhibits Coordinator
276-768-0597 or independencefarmersmarket@gmail.com

See you at the Fair!