You, too, can be part of the West End Fair

What are you doing this weekend?

Good news. You have the whole weekend to plan your entries in the West End Fair.

The fair is set for Aug. 26 through Sept. 1. Entries for exhibits are accepted on Aug. 25 but you have to pre-register.

The deadline is Aug. 5, which falls on a Sunday. So the fair committee is giving exhibitors an extra day. An entries postmarked by Monday, Aug. 6 will be accepted.

If you want to make a quilt or some wine, you might be out of luck. You probably don’t have time to pull off that type of project.

But you can enter flowers, flower arrangements, photographs, herbs, vegetables and a number of other items. With a little imagination, your possibilities are endless.

There are 23 departments in all. Some are for 4-H’ers and farmers, but most are for regular people. Check out the premium book. How do you get started? Look carefully at the categories. Then walk around your gardens to see what plants and flowers are doing well. Remember the day

A first place shelf exhibit in the "Tea Time" category from a few years ago.

to bring your entries is three weeks away. So you have to know what will be blooming by that time.

Working on a Christmas present. Well, finish it up.

Read the premium book carefully. Pay attention to the rules. No artificial flowers. Floor displays should have three or more items and one must be flowers or arrangements.

Marie Burger of Kresgeville has won several grand champion and best of show ribbons. Burger said she relies on the premium book each year for a description of what can be included and what shouldn’t be. “It’s my bible for a day,” she said. “If you follow the rules in this book you will succeed.”

I learned the hard way that judges don’t like pinecones painted with gold.

So read, then look around the house to see what you have that will work in that category. Or look at your friends’ houses to see what you can borrow. Don’t be shy. There’s a ribbon at stake here.

The fair awards premiums too. That’s right, money.

But I’d give it all up for one best of show ribbon. (Sigh!)

You do have to pay a $2 entry fee. That’s two bucks for all your entries, not just one entry. A real bargain if you ask me.

You are allowed to enter 25 items in each department, but you can register a couple extra just in case you don’t have perfect blooms when the fair rolls around. Judges don’t want to be bothered with plants that aren’t top notch.


What are you sitting here reading this blog for? Get out in your garden and get planning.

Here’s a tip. When you fill out the registration blank. be sure to keep a copy. Trust me on this. It’s easy to get confused.

Questions about entering?  Email or Toni Dorshimer, who handles registrations, at


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