Enter your blue ribbon textiles, crafts, and arts at the Clay County Fair

The Clay County Fair Textiles, Crafts, and Arts Department will again showcase memorable creativity in the Creative Living Center at the 2019 Fair, Sept 7-15.

“We always look forward to the wide variety of exhibits brought to the fair, and this year there are a few new changes to the sponsors,” said Superintendent Terri Chalstrom. “Quilting on Main in Pocahontas, Warm Company of Lynnwood, Quilt n Kaboodle of Cherokee, and Quilters Portable of Mallard are all new sponsors for this year’s Fair.”

The 2019 Fair will also exhibit a special feature class with the theme of “pigs” as Iowa raises more pigs than any other state. The challenge of this class is to showcase an entry of pigs within any class of the department.

The variety of exhibits can be entered under several different classes including needlework, painting, crochet, quilting, patchwork, garment making, woodworking, and computer generated work.

Along with showcasing the variety of exhibits, the Creative Living Center will also showcase different demonstrations throughout the span of the Fair, daily at 11:00am and 2:00pm. The following demonstrations will be presented: stained glass, whittling, jewelry making, paper snipping, pen/ink drawing, hoop embroidery, purses, bags, and totes, tatting, and quilt batting types and uses.

“With new sponsors and a new layout, the Textiles, Crafts and Arts Department will have a fresh look at the 2019 Fair,” said Fair Manager Jeremy Parsons. “We hope everyone enters their blue ribbon best.”

There are no entry fees and exhibitors do not need to be residents of Clay County. New exhibitors are also encouraged to enter their creations at the Fair. To make this experience more inviting, there is a first time exhibitor class available. Every age group, from ages 6 to 86, will find a class to enter.

Check out the exhibitor handbook online at www.claycountyfair.com or pick one up at the Fair Administrative Offices to find the rules and guidelines to enter your work at the Fair. Pre-registration for all exhibits is encouraged and can be completed online, by mail, or in person by August 15. For those who choose not to pre-register, registration can also occur when entries are accepted on Aug. 30 (Noon-7:00pm) and Aug. 31 (9:00am-3:00pm). No entries will be accepted after 3:00pm on Aug. 31.