Memorable Collections, new blue ribbon contests highlight Creative Living Center

Spencer, Iowa — Memorable collections, canned goods, dried foods and oven products will all fill a portion of the Creative Living Center at the 2021 Clay County Fair powered by SMU, September 11-19.

A recent tradition at the Fair, the Signe Kim Lauridsen-Jones’ Memorable Collections Contest will have cash prizes totaling $1,000.00. Exhibitors will create an interesting display using pieces that best represent their collection and will also write a short story about their collection specifically looking at when, why, and how their collection started.  Entries can be anything that has been collected, but the maximum exhibit space is 24″ long by 12″ deep by 16″ high.

For those exhibitors who excel in the kitchen, there are literally hundreds of categories to enter as part of the Canned Goods and Dried Foods Department, as well as the Oven Products Department.  Besides classic categories like canned green beans, jellies, jams, chocolate chip cookies, pies, and other baked goods, there are several other contests for exhibitors to enter, including the $1,500 Cinnamon Roll Contest. The contest, which features a prize increase of $500 for the champion winner, will be held on Monday, September 13 and is sponsored by Farmers Savings Bank, Edward Jones, and Asher Motor Company.

In addition to cinnamon rolls, there are twelve other contests during the Fair, Mrs. Bonser’s Chicken Noodle Soup Contest (Sept. 12); King Arthur Flour Peachberry Buckle (adult) and Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies (junior) Contests (Sept. 12); Meringue, Soft Pies and Desserts, Cheesecakes, Specialty Cakes, and Frosted Layered Cakes (Sept. 16); Janice Nostrom’s Favorite Ham Balls Contest (Sept. 16); Clay County Pork Producer’s Zuppa Soup Contest (Sept. 17); KICD’s Jell-O Salad Contest (Sept. 17); Bruce Piper’s Sour Cream Raisin Pie Contest (Sept. 17); Mrs. Grimes Salsa Chili Contest (Sept. 18); and Jim Anderson’s Favorite Bundt Cake Contest (Sept. 18).

Check out the exhibitor handbook online at 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 29.  For those who choose not to pre-register, registration can also occur when entries are accepted at the Creative Living Center during the appropriate entry times which are found in the exhibitor handbooks.

About The Clay County Fair & Events Center Rooted in Tradition, the Clay County Fair & Events Center is a year-round facility that annually hosts more than 300 events, including its signature event, the Clay County Fair powered by SMU. Known as “The World’s Greatest County Fair” since 1917, the 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