New Competitions added to 2018 Clay County Fair

The Clay County Fair announces nineteen new contests for the 2018 Clay County Fair. Whether you are baker, a tinkerer, a photographer, or an at-home brewer, there is something for everyone to get involved in at this year’s Fair, September 8-16.

“The Fair is a showcase for everyone,” said Fair Manager Jeremy Parsons. “And that means we need to provide new opportunities each year for people to show off their skills, talents, and hobbies.”

Town and Country Innovation, formerly the Farm Gadget Show, has had a name change. “We have always welcomed innovative entries from on the farm or off, so we wanted to make the name more reflective of that,” said Superintendent Karen Schwaller. Additionally, the Bucket of Junk Challenge has been added to this year’s list of classes. The challenge allows fairgoers to let their creative juices run wild and create something out of a bucket of junk.

The Oven Products Department makes up a bulk of the new competitions with fourteen new additions this year. Some of these contests include: Janice Nostrom’s Apple Crumb Pie Contest, Clay County Cattlemen’s Spaghetti and Meatballs Contest, and the Clay County Pork Producers’ Shredded Pork Sandwiches Contest.

Oven Products Superintendent Gayle Simons is very excited to introduce the Memorable Collections contest this upcoming Fair too. “This contest is for everyone to take part in, and should bring back lifetime memories whether they are from collecting jewelry or fishing bobbers,” Simons said. “I hope that everyone takes part in this as there is also fives placing’s of collections with a grand total prize of $1,000 among the winners.”

The Photography and Home Wine & Craft Beer Departments will also have new changes this year. For photographers, the new sponsored-class “Pearly Whites” gives exhibitors a chance for a wide interpretation, whether it is a photograph of smiling faces or a vintage white pearl dress and necklace.

Within the Home Wine & Craft Beer Department, there are two new divisions for exhibitors to try a chance to earn a blue ribbon, specialty beer and ale.

Details about these new competitions, as well as hundreds of other blue-ribbon opportunities, can be found at Complete exhibitor handbooks with rules, information, and entry procedures are available online or at the Fair Administrative Offices.

About The Clay County Fair & Events Center Rooted in Tradition, the Clay County Fair and Events Center is a year-round facility that annually hosts more than 300 events, including its signature event, the Clay County Fair. Known as “The World’s Greatest County Fair” since 1917, the Clay County Fair attracts more than 325,000 guests each September for nine-days of world-class entertainment, competition, food, fun, and the largest farm machinery show at any fair in the United States. Additional information can be found at