Numerous prizes to be given for blue ribbon cooking at 2023 Fair

Spencer, Iowa — With over 40 divisions, there is a bit of everything for everyone who want to enter their kitchen creations to win blue ribbons and cash prizes at the 2023 Clay County Fair powered by SMU, Sept. 9-17.

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. 11 and is sponsored by Farmer’s Savings Bank, Edward Jones, and Asher Motor Company.

There are also eleven other contests to enter during the Fair. Open class baked goods start off the week on Sept. 8-9. Sept. 10 is when Mrs. Bonser’s Casserole Creation Contest kicks off followed by the King Arthur Flour Contests. Next up, Sept. 13 brings the Charcuterie Board Contest sponsored by The Butchery. Sept. 14 brings Janice Nostom’s Non-Traditional Cinnamon Roll Contest in on deck, Sept 15. is busy with the Clay County Pork Producer’s Breakfast Burrito Contest, KICD’s Jell-O Salad Contest, and Bruce Piper’s Two Crust Apple Pie Contest all occurring. Lastly on Sept. 16, the Mrs. Grimes’ Wild Game Chili Contest, Betty Pothast Angel Food Contest, and Northwest Iowa Beekeepers Energy Bites Contest all occur.

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 21. 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