Before you know it, the NC Mountain State Fair will be at the WNC Agricultural Center! From September 8 to 17, it’s a place to spend the last few days of summer and enjoy petting zoos, 4-H projects, rides, and cotton candy. The Mountain State Fair sponsors many special competitions just for children, and you don’t have to be a 4-H member to participate. They give kids a chance to show off a little and meet up with friends.
Youth flower shows
Extension Master GardenerSM volunteers of Buncombe County sponsor two flower shows where children and teenagers can win ribbons and even small cash prizes for flowers and flower containers they grow. The first flower show is on September 6. The second flower show is on September 12. Entry forms for either show must be received by August 25.
The flower show has many different categories, including cut annuals, perennials, herbs, foliage/grasses, shrubs/trees, and container-grown plants.
There are three age categories:
- 6 to 8-year-olds
- 9 to 13-year-olds
- 14 to 19-year-olds
The entry days, times, and rules are available by picking up a copy of the Fair catalog at local Extension offices in the mountain region, or at the online Fair site.
The home page for the Fair is at: http://www.wncagcenter.org/p.aspx?pID=mountainstatefair&
Information on entering the flower shows is under “Competitions,” Department M, with the Youth categories on pages 86-87: http://d2w7gersd1ix5b.cloudfront.net/files.ashx?t=fg&rid=wncagcenter&f=M(1).pdf
Entering the shows
- Decide which show or shows you would like to enter.
- Decide which categories you’ll enter.
- Fill out the required entry form(s) available on page 89, or at: http://d2w7gersd1ix5b.cloudfront.net/files.ashx?t=fg&rid=wncagcenter&f=M_entry_form.pdf
- Fill out the required class form for your entry or entries on page 91-92, or at:
- Follow the rules for preparing your entry on page 79-80 or at: http://d2w7gersd1ix5b.cloudfront.net/files.ashx?t=fg&rid=wncagcenter&f=M(1).pdf
- Kids must bring their entries on the entry day (September 6 or 12, depending on the show(s) you registered for) between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Other Fair projects for kids
Take a few minutes to look at all the different Fair activities for youth, including art projects and vegetable contests. In addition to receiving prizes, youth will feel the pride of accomplishment, learn to follow directions, and enjoy participating in a long-standing tradition.
Hope to see you there!
Article written by Nancy Good, Extension Master GardenerSM Volunteer.