Whether your specialty is baking, canning, brewing or bee-keeping, there is an open class food contest sure to tickle your fancy at this year's fair festivities with laughter and ladybugs galore.
Entries for many of this year's open class food contests are due during the week before the fair opens on Wednesday, July 31:
- Open Class Baking: 3-7 p.m. on Monday, July 29
Enter your favorite yeast or quick breads, cakes, cookies, candies, or pies. Remember to also enter the daily baking contests listed below and get free admission with your tasty baked treats.
- Open Class Beverages: 3-7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23
Ales, beers, ciders and wines are all welcome in the beverage contests. Check the 2013 Exhibitor's Guide for a complete list of categories.
- Open Class Preserved Foods: 3-7 p.m. on Monday July 22 and Monday, July 29
Enter your canned fruits and vegetables, pickles, sauces, jams and jellies, vinegars, meats, and dehydrated foods, plus many more preserved foods. Check the 2013 Exhibitor's Guide for a complete list of categories.
- Open Class Honey: 3-7 p.m. on Monday, July 29 ONLY
From Water White to Dark Amber and everything in between, test your cache of golden honey against the best in the South Sound in the open class honey contests. Honey entries will not be accepted with other preserved food entries on July 22.
All open class food entries are submitted at Heritage Hall at the county fairgrounds.
For all the best bakers with flour to spare, be sure to enter the Dessert of the Day contests during fair week. Bakers who present their Dessert of the Day entry at the gate get free admission to the fair for the day!
- Thursday, August 1 - Chocolate Cake Contest
- Friday, August 2 - Cookie Contest
- Saturday, August 3 - "Berry Best Pie" Contest sponsored by Spooner's Berry Farms
- Sunday, August 4 - Cupcake Contest
All of the information and details you need to compete in open class food contests and hundreds of other open class and club contests are included in the 2013 Exhibitor's Guide. The guide also includes information on entry forms, camping, and this year's calendar of events from July 31 through August 4. Download the complete 2013 Exhibitor's Guide at www.co.thurston.wa.us/fair/exhibitor_guide.htm
For more information on the 2013 Thurston County Fair Exhibitor's Guide, contest entry forms or other fair activities, contact the Thurston County Fair Office at (360) 786-5453 or visit www.co.thurston.wa.us/fair
."Laughter and Ladybugs at the Thurston County Fair!"
July 31 - Aug. 4, 2013