Picture a blue ribbon at the 2022 Clay County Fair

Spencer, Iowa — Now is a perfect time to begin sorting through all of the photos you have taken and enter them in one of the many photography competitions at the 2022 Clay County Fair powered by SMU, September 10-18.

“We’re really excited to be back for the 2022 Fair,” said Dana Metcalf, superintendent of the Photography Department. “We’re excited to have eight new sponsored theme classes, including new for the 2022 Fair, ‘Batter Up’.”

Photographers may enter up to 12 photographs with one entry per class. Divisions include color photographs or black and white photographs of people, places, landscape, things, plants, or animals/insects world.

A separate division for creative photography allows photographers to use different techniques to alter the photograph, including computer manipulation, multi-images into one photo, camera filters and trick lenses. A separate class, other than above, is available for people who have altered an image other than the three categories.

Exhibitors entering sponsored divisions have the opportunity to win increased cash prizes. All divisions include a youth class for those under age 18 and an adult class.

As Metcalf mentioned, the Photography Department is excited to have eight new sponsored special theme classes, including “Batter Up,” a sports division sponsored by the Jim Shriner Family, which is new for the 2022 Fair.

Other sponsored divisions include “A Tree” (objects division sponsored by Spencer Truck Line); “Ripples” (water division sponsored by VW Docks of Spirit Lake); “Texture” (concepts division sponsored by Campbell, Higgins, and Mummert, P.C.); “Capturing Summer Fun” (photojournalism division sponsored by the Spencer Daily Reporter); “Barns” (Beautiful Iowa division sponsored by Clay Mutual Insurance); “Helping the Land” (conservation division sponsored by Clay County Soil Conservation Service); “Jumping” (action division sponsored by Fox, Boyd, Sailer, & Shiver Dental Center); and “All in a Day’s Work” (agriculture division sponsored by GWS Farms).

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 22.  For those who choose not to pre-register, registration can also occur when entries are accepted at the Photography Center on September 2 (Noon-7:00pm) and September 3 (9:00am-3:00pm).

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 powered by SMU. Known as “The World’s Greatest County Fair” since 1917, the Clay County Fair attracts more than 300,000 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 claycountyfair.com.