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Don’t delay: Enter a State Fair competition today!

Don’t delay: Enter a State Fair competition today!

DOSWELL—The deadline to enter one of the State Fair of Virginia’s 1,200+ competitions is fast approaching.

Applications for most entries in the creative and culinary arts categories are due Sept. 5. Guidelines are posted on the fair’s website at

There is a competition to match everyone’s talents—from artists to photographers, seamstresses to woodworkers. “People who enter our competitions take pride in knowing that they’re competing with the best home bakers, canners, artists and craftsmen in the state,” noted Stuart Sanders, the fair’s assistant executive director.

“For the first time, the State Fair is considering offering satellite drop-off sites for horticulture entries. If a need is determined, sites in Charlottesville and Roanoke will be announced after the application deadline.”

Back by popular demand is Virginia Flea Market Flip, the State Fair’s version of HGTV’s Flea Market Flip. In this competition, contestants are encouraged to purchase and refurbish, refresh or repurpose a flea market item for less than $100. Before and after photos must be submitted by Sept. 5.

The top 10 items will be on display during the fair, and the winner will be determined by the voting public. The creator of the winning item will receive $150.

Culinary competitions include the State Fair Special Cookie competition for youth and adults.

Parent/child, guardian/child or grandparent/grandchild teams can enter made-from-scratch cookies in this category. A new cake class this year challenges bakers to submit their best mermaid or unicorn confection.

There also are opportunities for artists of all mediums, flower arrangers, quilters, spinners and weavers. There are jewelry and button craft divisions, and even a class for an article made from spun pet hair.

With 448 horticulture categories, those with a green thumb may want to enter a beguiling begonia or stunning succulent. Farmers and home gardeners can enter their best corn, wheat, tobacco plants and fruits and vegetables.

Canners have the chance to show off their skills with well over 100 preserved food classes for pickles, jellies, jams, syrups, vinegars and more.

There are almost 600 categories of creative arts for adults and youth, including 21 categories in the State Fair quilt show.

Media: Contact Sanders at 804-994-2743 or Kathy Dixon, VFBF communications, at 804-290-1137.