"Fairs, at their heart, are about competition and seeing who has the 'best of the best'," Clay County Fair manager Jeremy Parsons said. "No matter what your skill or hobby, the Clay County Fair provides a place for you to enter your greatest creations."
Culinary enthusiasts can enter canned goods and oven products of all types. The annual Cinnamon Roll Contest returns on Sept. 10, with the first place winner receiving a prize of $1,000. New this year is the Bruce Piper Raspberry Pie Contest, which will be held Sept. 14.
The Floriculture Department's new Gladiolus and Gourd show will highlight the floriculture displays Sept. 8-9. Roses, annuals and perennials, arrangements, collages and more will also be displayed daily throughout the fair.
Despite the dry summer, agriculture entries will feature the tallest corn stalks and largest pumpkins. The Ag Building displays all entries including corn, tomatoes, grains, potatoes, and an assortment of home-grown vegetables. Homemade wines are also judged at the Fair. Exhibitors can enter in a variety of classes, including grape, fruit, vegetable and wild flower wines.
The Photography Department offers adult and youth classes in color, black and white, and creative photography.
Textiles, arts and crafts of all types -- quilts, paintings, woodwork, and more -- will be on display in the Creative Living Center throughout the fair.
Entries are open to the world and no entry fee is charged. Due to different deadlines and requirements in each department, potential exhibitors are encouraged to pick up a premium book at the Clay County Fair office or visit www.claycountyfair.com/agprog/forms.htm.
The 2012 Clay County Fair will run from Sept. 8-16 in Spencer.