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It’s Fair Time!

By: Amy-Lynn Albertson, Horticulture Extension Agent, Davidson County
September 21-26 is “Fair Week” in Davidson County.  The Davidson County Agricultural Fair is sponsored by the Lexington Kiwanis Club.  This year the 2015 Fair Book is available online at www.davidsoncountyagfair.com.   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 Davidson County residents, and all entries except livestock are taken at the fairgrounds on Sunday, September 15 between 2:00PM and 5:00PM.


Special note due to the avian influenza virus there will be no poultry shows at any fairs this year.   “Highly pathogenic avian influenza is a serious threat to our state’s poultry and we anticipate the threat of the virus will increase this fall. We want to take appropriate precautions to prevent the introduction to backyard and commercial flocks” said state veterinarian Doug Meckes. Avian influenza is caused by an influenza type A virus which can infect poultry (such as chickens, turkeys, pheasants, quail, domestic ducks, geese and guinea fowl) and is carried by free flying waterfowl such as ducks, geese and shorebirds. There is currently an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza circulating in the United States that is very dangerous for your flock. This infection has been shown to be carried by wild migratory waterfowl.


 In the Horticulture Exhibits the competition for biggest pumpkin is always fierce.  The premium for first place largest pumpkin by weight is $50 plus bragging rights for the rest of the year.  In the Youth Agricultural and Horticultural Exhibits, we have added a few new categories including, most unusual vegetable and most unusually shaped vegetable.  In the most unusually shaped vegetable, you need to list what you think that vegetable looks like.  For example, you may have a potato that looks like a duck.   In both the Youth and Adult Horticulture Exhibits, we have a Best Garden Display category.  This is an opportunity for you to show off your garden’s bounty and your decorating skills.  Each display must have at least 10 different vegetables of sufficient quantity displayed in an attractively on a tray.  First place premium for “Best Garden Display” is $20 in the adult division and $15 in the youth division. 


In the Floriculture Department, the theme this year for the small standard flower show is “It’s a Small World”.  There are several classes within the theme of “It’s a Small World”.  In the Class L-200 “Orient Express” exhibitors should create a fresh line design with an Asian influence, 30 inches high and 18 inches wide.  The Class L-202 is “Arctic Blast”.  This design is a Parallel Design: A fresh arrangement using 3 identical containers arranged in a straight line and presented as one unit.  A feeling of ‘cold’ should be presented through accessories and fresh plant material.  In the Junior class which is open to youth 18 & younger the theme is “Island adventure” a  fresh mass design with lots of color and Latin flair.  The Davidson County Flower Shows are presented through the cooperation of the Arcadia Garden Club, the Village Home & Garden Club and the Kiwanis Club.  All design classes require pre-entry and must be received no later than September 16, 2015.  Call Mrs. Patti Bates 336-345-8581 to reserve choice of Design Class.


In the Adult Division the Bread, Cakes and Cookies Department is 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 Cakes” and “Tricks with a Mix” categories.    Young bakers can enter their goodies in the Youth Division. There is a baked goods category for 5-8 year olds, 9-13 year olds, and 14-19 year olds.  


Crafters, photographers, and artists can showcase their talents as well in the Adult Division and the Youth Division.  Bring any, adult, youth, floriculture, horticulture or agriculture exhibits to the fair grounds on Sunday, September 15 between 2:00 and5:00pm.  All exhibits in the exhibit hall will be judged on Monday before the fair officially opens at 4:00pm.


Don’t miss the action down at the barn.  The Junior Dairy Show will be judged on Tuesday, September 22 at 5:00pm.  Youth under age 19 may show three animals.  FFA exhibitors must register with their FFA advisors by September 12 to show their animals.  All cattle entries must be in by September 18 contact Carl McKnight 336-596-5378 for more information and entry forms.  The Horse Department is another exciting area.  In order to exhibit in the Horse Classes you must be a Davidson County resident, or a 4-H member, or an active DCHA/REINS member.  Horses will be placed in the barn between 3:00-3:45PM on Saturday, September 26.  The show begins at 4:00PM.  All entries must be registered by September 18.  Contact Gayle Nifong at 336-764-2277 or www.dchaweb.com for information and pre registration for horse competitors.


If you have questions about the fair or would like more information go to the Fair’s website at www.davidoncountyagfair.com or call the fairground office at 336-243-2528.  You can also contact the Davidson County Extension Center at 336-242-2080 with any questions about fair entries.
 

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