It’s almost time for the Sevier County Fair. It is set for its 80th run, Sept. 7-12, 2015, with a theme of “It’s All About the Kids.” The fair means different things to different people and most of us have childhood memories of our visits to the fair. From the rides, food, animal shows and exhibits, the fair offers a multitude of opportunities.
Opportunities abound for young people to be recognized for their efforts through 4-H, FFA, Girl Scouts, schoolwork and individual projects. The Sevier County Fair Premium List is available in the Extension Office and online at www.seviercountyfair.org. It has all the details on what can be entered. You are encouraged to pre-register your entries using the entry form in the fair catalog. Most entries will be accepted Monday, Aug. 24 through Saturday, Aug. 29, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 30, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Cut flowers, farm crops, baked goods and candy should be entered Sunday, Sept. 6, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
In the youth section alone, there are nearly 200 categories that all youth members can enter. These include crops from the farm, vegetables from the garden, canning products, baked goods and exhibits/products from 4-H project book work. 4-H members may also enter a 4-H Project Exhibit which presents an overall view of a specific 4-H project.
In the school age Arts and Crafts division, elementary age students can enter over 40 different craft categories. These include paintings, drawings, seasonal crafts, weaving, wood crafts and string art just to name few. Young people may also enter science/history fair type projects in the individual youth exhibits. There is also a category for school exhibits for schools and school clubs. For the young photographer there is a student photography contest.
There are no entry fees for these Sevier County Fair exhibits. Prize money and ribbons are presented in each category.
“I know of some 4-H members, each year, who bring home a check of about $100,” said Glenn K Turner, agent with UT Extension.
In addition to these exhibits, young people from Sevier County and East Tennessee will be participating in several animal shows at the fair. They include: Sevier County 4-H Chick Chain; Junior Beef Show on Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 6 p.m.; Junior Sheep Show on Thursday, Sept. 10 at 6 p.m.
If you need more information about entries at the Sevier County Fair, call Glenn K Turner at the Extension Office 865-453-3695.