Today’s Topic: Registration open for NC State Fair competitions

by | Aug 2, 2016


Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.”

If you’re interested in entering a competition at the 2016 N.C. State Fair, it’s time to start signing up. Online registration for this year’s State Fair competitions opened Aug. 1, which means it’s time to get your information together and get ready for the fair.

2016 NC State Fair logoThe N.C. State Fair features thousands of competitions that showcase the talents and skills of folks across the state in home canning and food preservation, art, needlecraft and sewing, woodworking, gardening, music and dance, showing livestock, cooking and a whole bunch of other categories.

Some competitions are designed just for young people, while others are open to everyone.

Two of this year’s new competitions offer the opportunity to compete for a blue ribbon while helping others. The new Shawls for a Cause and Hats for a Cause competitions will help people who are fighting cancer. All entries will be donated to local cancer treatment facilities, and contestants will have the opportunity to sign cards for the recipients of their handiwork.

Other new contests include a Cavy Costume Contest, the Pre-Apprentice Pre-Engineering Mobile Robotics Contest, the Commissioner’s Favorite Cookie Award and a new coffee roasting competition open to licensed N.C. coffee roasters.

We’ve also added what we’re calling “on-the-spot” contests, where you can sign up the day of the contest. These include the Kids Sugar Cube Building Contest for ages 4 to 12 and the Team Cake Decorating Contest for ages 13 and up.

For information about all the competitions, including entry guidelines and deadlines, click here. The N.C. State Fair is set for Oct. 13-23 at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.

Click on the audio player below to listen to Commissioner Troxler and Rhonda talk about State Fair competitions. And if you don’t know what a cavy is, they’ll tell you that, too.

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