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Mark your calendars. Make a date. Write yourself a reminder. There is a “greatest show on the Earth” coming, well, uh, coming to Hardin County the second week of July. You got it; it is the Hardin County Fair.
There are so many wonderful exhibits and activities at the fair including a horse show and those wonderful rides and food known only to a county fair.
If you never have exhibited at the fair, I encourage you to do so. It is so much fun to compete, and you will win a ribbon and premium. Granted the premium is not astronomical, but it is the winning that will give you something to remember for a long time.
There is a Family Living Department and the exhibits will be accepted from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday, July 11.
Types of things that can be exhibited range from canned fruits and vegetables to candy, cookies, cakes and pies.
There are also categories for clothing items you have made or handicraft projects. There is even a category for Christmas decorations in July. Also, accepted July 11 will be floral entries at the same times. To see a complete listing of categories, go to www.hardincofair.com
Your talents might lie in other areas. If you have a green thumb and a great garden, there are categories for fresh fruits and vegetables. And if you are a talented artist, you might want to enter some of your paintings or even your photography to be in competition.
My main interest from the time I was a teenager, when my Mom and I would enter exhibits, is mainly the foods category. Then, when I became a home economics teacher, I was asked to judge items in the Family Living Department. Here are some things to remember:
Food should be on plastic or sturdy paper plates and covered with plastic wrap.
You must be a resident of Hardin County to exhibit.
You only can enter one item per class but all classes in a department. For instance, you can enter five pieces of chocolate fudge, five pieces of peanut butter fudge, five pieces of any other type of fudge; but only those three. You can’t enter two types of chocolate fudge and win first and second place.
On entry day, you do not have to pay admission to enter your items unless you come after 3 p.m. at which time you will pay the admission of $9. If you have to enter that late, plan on making it a night at the fair. There will be plenty of food at the fairgrounds to suffice for your evening meal.
Some suggestions I might make for the culinary exhibits are in breads and rolls.
You can make either a mini loaf or full size loaf of banana and zucchini bread. Why would you make a full size loaf unless you don’t have a mini pan? Save that batter for bread for your family and use the mini loaf to enter.
For yeast items, you could do several things for that category, crescent rolls, bow ties, Parkerhouse, fan tans or even homemade pretzels. Blueberry muffins aren’t the only kind of muffins, think outside the box, and do something different. Remember, the tip to having good muffins is to not over mix. You want the tops to be rounded and if you over mix, they will have pointed tops.
In the cake category, you have the choice of a decorated cake, chocolate cake, carrot cake and miscellaneous. That includes many different types of cakes, besides chocolate and carrot. Then there are cookies and brownies, and there is even a children’s category including a baked item, decorated cake and/or a pie.
Fairs and festivals are disappearing in many larger cities. Go to the Hardin County Fair, take your family and eat some wonderful fair food. Make it a week your family won’t forget. But most of all think about entering some of the categories. There really is something for everyone.
For those of you new to this part of the country, you travel around the “old” Hardin County courthouse on U.S. 31W and continue south. The fairgrounds are on the right about five miles or so or you can take the Glendale exit from Interstate 65 south-bound and turn left from the ramp, go to the light and make a left. Then the fairgrounds will be on the left in a couple miles.
Nora Sweat is a native of Hardin County and a retired home economics/family and consumer science teacher. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail at 408 W. Dixie Ave., Elizabethtown, KY 42701.