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Ribbon-worthy? Erie County Fair competition info online May 1

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Wed, Apr 25th 2018 05:30 pm
Range of competitive exhibit categories include agriculture, conservation and creative arts
At the Erie County Fair, people love to compete! Spirited competition among peers is at the heart of the fair experience.
Who has the best photograph? Best jam? Biggest stalk of corn? Annually, the Erie County Fair offers a chance to show off the region's creativity in a variety of exhibits, from wine-making to fine arts, conservation to woodworking and agriculture, just to name a few. More than 12,500 entries in 8,985 classes are processed each year for a chance to win cash prizes, but, more importantly, the bragging rights that's associated with taking home a championship ribbon.
The Erie County Fair welcomes public participation, as most competitions have no residency requirement. Only the "home wine," "home brew" and "conservation" categories are restricted to residents of New York. Children as young as 5 years of age are encouraged to take part in junior creative arts submissions that include Lego building block sculptures, handmade jewelry and doll making.
New for 2018 is a mystery dress challenge in creative arts. Based on the theme, "outer space," the County Fair will provide a dress form and a bag of mystery items. With the provided elements, competitors must design and complete a dress during a three-hour time period on Wednesday, Aug. 15. The winning dress will be named 2018 "Miss Universe."
Entry information that includes terms/conditions, class listings and deadlines will be available exclusively online at the Erie County Fair's website (www.ECFair.org) on May 1. Questions regarding the competitive exhibits may be directed to [email protected] or 716-649-3900, ext. 6407.
The Erie County Agricultural Society is a private not-for-profit membership organization. Established in 1819, the society is the oldest civic organization in Western New York. The mission of the Erie County Agricultural Society, sponsors of the Erie County Fair, is to preserve and enhance, by educational endeavors, the agricultural and historical legacy of New York state. The 2018 Erie County Fair will be held Aug. 8-19. Visit www.ECFair.org.

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