It’s Fair time — get your entry forms in today

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 6, 2019

By Amy-Lynn Albertson

Rowan County Extension Director

Sept. 20-28 is “Week in Rowan County. The Rowan County Agricultural and Industrial Fair is sponsored by volunteers and the Spencer Jaycees. This year, the 2019 Fair Book is available online

People wishing to enter items in the fair will need to download their fair book in order to know what division and class your item should be entered in. Competition is open to all of Rowan County residents, and entry forms must be submitted online at or to the Rowan County Extension Center in person by 5 p.m. today.

Gardeners of flowers and vegetables, the fair is a great opportunity to show your skills. If your entry is judged the best,; you get a blue ribbon, a $5 prize and bragging rights.

This year has been great for watermelons and peppers, and I expect the competition to be fierce. All vegetable categories are judged on uniformity, smoothness, trueness to type and freedom from blemishes.

The honey categories will be judged on density, absence of crystals, cleanliness, flavor, accuracy in filling and uniformity and finally on container appearance. I hope to see lots of entries from our junior beekeepers.

The flower department is one of my favorites at the fair. If you are an amateur florist, take those skills to the fair. There is a list of categories in flower arrangements from floral center piece for dining table to best miniature arrangement.

In the adult division, the Bakery Goods Department entries are always tasty. The best bakers in the county are invited to exhibit their best and strut their stuff. All entries must be made from scratch except in the Decorated Cake category.

Young bakers can enter their goodies in the youth/junior division. There are youth baked goods categories for 6- to 13-year-olds, and junior baked goods categories for 14- to 19-year-olds.

Crafters, woodworkers, knitters, photographers and artists can showcase their skills in the Home Furnishing, Clothing and Arts and Crafts departments.

Don’t miss the action down at the barn during the fair. The dairy goat shows will be Friday, Sept. 20, at 6:30 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 21, at 1 p.m. The junior market lamb show and sale will be Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 6 p.m. beginning with showmanship.

The last livestock shows for the fair will be the dairy cows on Friday, Sept. 27, at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 28, at 1 p.m.

New this year, the Boy Scouts of America will have an exhibit for Pinewood Derby cars. There are categories for adults (19 and over), junior (11-18 years) and youth (10 years and under). Cars will be judged on best Scout theme, most unusual, best paint job and Judges Choice. All racers in the Pinewood Derby must be 10 years and under or a registered Cub Scout. The derby race will be Sunday, Sept. 22, at 2 p.m. in the exhibit hall.

Remember all entries for the fair must in entered by today at 5 p.m. Entry forms must be submitted online at or received at the Cooperative Extension Office, Agricultural Center, 2727 Old Concord Road, Salisbury — in person no later than today at 5. Entry forms must be entered before articles are brought to Exhibit Hall. No entry taken at any time at the fair, unless approved in the office of the directors. If records are altered and do not conform with those entries on file, payment of premium will be withheld.

This year, admission to the fair is $6 per person and free for children under 36 inches tall. On school days (Tuesday and Wednesday) all school children in Rowan County are admitted with special tickets plus $1.

Come down to the Rowan County Agricultural & Industrial Fair and help us celebrate with some big pumpkins, show lambs and tasty cakes.

For more information about the fair and entry forms please go to, or call the Cooperative Extension Office at 704-216-8970.