Numerous prizes to be given for blue ribbon cooking at 2022 Fair

Spencer, Iowa —Thirty-two different sponsored categories for blue ribbon winners and cash prizes are just some of the things waiting for you and your kitchen creations to win at the 2022 Clay County Fair powered by SMU, Sept. 10-18.
Besides classic categories like chocolate chip cookies, pies, and other baked goods, there are several other contests for exhibitors to enter in the oven products department, including the $1,500 Cinnamon Roll Contest. The contest will be held on Monday, Sept. 12 and is sponsored by Farmer’s Savings Bank, Edward Jones, and Asher Motor Company.
In addition to cinnamon rolls, there are twelve other contests during the Fair, including open class baked goods (Sept. 9-10), Mrs. Bonser’s Chicken Noodle Soup Contest (Sept. 11), King Arthur Flour’s Contests (Sept. 11), open class baked desserts (Sept. 15), Janice Nostrom’s French Silk Pie Contest (Sept. 15), Clay County Pork Producer’s Zuppa Soup Contest (Sept. 16), KICD’s Jell-O Salad Contest (Sept. 16), Bruce Piper’s Mixed Berry Pie Contest (Sept. 16), Mrs. Grimes’ Chili Contest (Sept. 17), and Betty Pothast’s Angel Food Contest (Sept. 17).
The fun will continue with the Signe Kim Lauridsen-Jones’ Memorable Collections Contest, which 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.
Another popular competition at the Clay County Fair is the canned goods and dried foods department. This department will feature many of the same classes as previous years, including meats, pickles, vegetables, juices, and jellies & jams.
Entries are open to all ages from any county or state. 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 22. For those who choose not to pre-register, registration can also occur when entries are accepted.
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