Rowan County Fair opens Sept. 16

  • Posted: Friday, August 30, 2013 12:18 a.m.
    UPDATED: Friday, August 30, 2013 12:33 a.m.
Pumpkins are always a favorite in the exhibits at the Rowan County Fair.
Pumpkins are always a favorite in the exhibits at the Rowan County Fair.

SALISBURY — The Rowan County Fair Association members, along with fair volunteers, met earlier this week to prepare for the 62nd annual Rowan County Fair. It opens on Sept. 16 and it’s not too early for those who want to enter exhibits in the fair to begin planning to determine their entries. Fortunately, drier weather has provided a needed respite for gardeners who have horticultural entries.

Garden Exhibits and Fruit (Department C in the catalog), offers various categories for almost every fruit and vegetable suitable for growing in Rowan County. There are categories for most unusual fruit and most unusual vegetable and any other vegetable. This also offers a separate division for Junior Horticulture entries. It’s open to youth in Rowan County under age 20.


Flowers are also a popular area of interest. Department D offers categories in potted plants, cut flowers, hanging baskets and flower arrangements. Junior Horticulturists may also enter with the same categories as the adults.

Those with productive vegetable gardens and fruits may want to consider placing entries in Food Preservation, (Department F). The shelves will be a virtual rainbow of jewel-toned jars of canned foods and jellies.

The Rowan County Master Gardener Volunteer Association, 4-H Clubs, along with local farm agencies and high school vocational agriculture programs will have display booths in the Exhibition Hall located at the center of the fairgrounds.

Fair exhibits, along with educational booths, provide citizens the opportunity to observe the agricultural impact in Rowan County.

Please note: Information in the fair catalog inserted in last Sunday’s Salisbury Post was incorrect. Below is corrected information concerning entering exhibits in the Rowan County Agricultural Fair:

• All entries must be entered on an official entry blank which can be found in the 2013 Rowan County Fair catalog.

• Entry forms are due no later than Friday, Sept. 6. The official entry forms can be turned in to Cooperative Extension at the Agriculture Center on Old Concord Road in Salisbury or faxed to 704-216-8995. Entries can also be mailed in advance to 2013 Rowan County Fair, P.O. Box 66, Salisbury, NC 28145-0066.

• Exhibits are accepted from 1-6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15.

• Judging begins at 9 a.m., Monday, Sept. 16.

• Entries and exhibits will be released on Sunday, Sept. 22 from 2-4 p.m. Premium checks and awards can be picked up also at this time.

Rowan County Fair catalogs will soon be arriving at the Cooperative Extension Service on Old Concord Road, The Salisbury Post, the Rowan Public Library and various businesses in Rowan County.

The Rowan County Fair begins Monday, Sept. 16 and runs through Saturday, Sept. 21. The fair is located on Julian Road just east of I-85. Go online at http://rowancountyfair.net/fairbook_2012.pdf for the complete catalog, including entry blanks.

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