Twenty different committees run the fair. Last year, there were nearly 8,000 entries in 70 competition categories, including livestock, poultry, baking, quilts, preserves, writing, crafts, plants, produce, sewing, artwork, photography and woodworking. Children can enter the lively, loud and highly entertaining “Mom or Dad ‘Calling’ Contest,” in which the kids cry out for their mommy or daddy, and both children and seniors can enter the ever-popular Teddy Bear parade. Youths of 4-H are active participants in the various contests.
Each year has a theme: in 2017, it’s “Sunflowers and Scarecrows.” That theme will be evident everywhere—in the parade entries, throughout the fairgrounds and in the many competitions.
Admission to the fair is $8 a day or $20 for a weekend pass. Children age 12 and under get in free and have many competitions they can enter. Others can pay $8 to enter competitions and in return get a free weekend pass. Prizes start at a few dollars and up. Animal categories have a variety of different entry fees.