Home Wine & Craft Beer Department to include a chance to brew with a local business at 2023 Fair

Spencer, Iowa — The Home Wine and Craft Beer Department will include 15 divisions in the wine category and nine divisions in the craft beer category for the 2023 Clay County Fair powered by SMU, Sept 9-17.

“Open to everyone, the wine and craft beer competition is a great way to get feedback from professional judges from wineries and breweries,” said Superintendent Kristen Hartwig.

Sponsors include InnSpiration Wines and Vines, HyVee, Doll Distributing, Northern Brewer, the Iowa Project Brewing Company, and West O Beer. Prizes will include wine stoppers, gift certificates, and a one night stay at InnSpiration Winery loft vacation rental. The blue ribbon winner of the beer division will have the opportunity to partner with The Iowa Project and brew their beer.

All exhibitors planning to enter a project within this department must enter two bottles of wine or craft beer. This allows for the entry to be judged and displayed during the nine days of the Fair, Sept. 9-17.

Entries are open to all from any county or state. 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 21. For those who choose not to pre-register, registration can also occur when entries are accepted on Sept. 5 (8:00am-5:30pm).

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 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 claycountyfair.com.