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Ribbons ready: Entries due for fair

There’s a little nip to the nights now and just in time for the Pike County Fair, Oct. 5-9.

And all around Pike County people are gathering up the best of what they have made and what they have grown in hopes of taking a blue ribbon home from the county fair.

Kristie Freeman, Pike County 4-H agent assistant, said the county fair is a great place for people to display their talents, take home an award ribbon and also put a little jingle in their pockets.

“Along with the ribbons comes prize money from $2 to $10 depending on the category and the place,” Freeman said. “First, second and third place in each of the categories receive cash awards. First place awards can be anywhere from $5 to $10. And the livestock category also offers premium money.”

The prize money is rewarding, but it’s winning a blue ribbon at the Pike County Fair that brings out the competitive spirit.

“Arts and crafts, photography, needlework, woodwork, canned and baked goods are some of the most popular categories of competition,” Freeman said. “Photographs must be matted and no larger than 8 x 10. Canned goods must be contained in glass canning jars, pints or quarts, and are judged on appearance, texture, uniformity and packing. Baked goods are judged on appearance, texture and flavor.”

Potted plants must be in bloom and will be judged on the quality and quantity of the blooms.

The livestock competitions are also popular and 4-H club members as well as local farmers participate in the friendly competitions.

The Pike County Fairgrounds will be open from 1 until 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 2 and 3, for items to be registered. Exhibit booths may also be set up during those hours.

Farm animals may be registered on Tuesday, Oct. 5, beginning at 3 p.m.