Chickens and Afghans and Pies, Oh My!

By Amanda Curtis, Staff Writer

What do chihuahuas, food preservation, deer mounts and a chicken show/auction have in common?

Blue ribbons, trophies and cash prizes, thanks to The UT Extension Lewis County and South Central Area Fair’s  Ol’ Timey Roots Exhibit.

As tradition has it, the fair will be held at Memorial Park. The dates for this year’s will be August 14-18. However, before then, you can catch one of the longest running activities in SCA Fair history, the Fairest of the Fair and Tiny Tots beauty pageants. Or, if animals of a different species are what interest you, watch fur babies compete for titles such as ‘Best Costume,’ ‘Ugliest Dog,’ ‘Best Tricks,’ and ‘Best Standard’ in the 4-H Bark in the Park Dog Show. Both will be held August 11, 2018, the Saturday before the gates open for your riding pleasure.

Speaking of pleasure, imagine the joy of coming home with the blue ribbon for the best amateur wine, or winning the bragging rights of having the best tasting cookies according to the ‘Grandma’s/Mother’s Cookie Jar Contest.

Show off your talents in the Home Economics Competition. Jams, jellies, pickles and more are all eligible to be judged in the Food Preservation class while breads, pies and candy are up for a blue ribbon in the Baked Goods class.

Don’t consider yourself a baker? No problem. If sewing is more your style, enter your quilts or afghans and/or show off your embroidery skills.

If you are less of a homesteader, enter the Agriculture competition by bringing in your home grown fruits and vegetables. Also, in this category, is the General Public Deer Head Display in class two as well as class three’s Professional Taxidermy in which you can promote your business by showing off your best turkey, fish and predator displays.

And, don’t forget to support the youth participating in a county 4-H Chick Chain by bidding on their pen after the show at the 4-H Chicken Show and Auction.

All fair exhibits must be brought to the High Forest Room Monday, August 13 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., and General Public Animal Mount Display and Taxidermy must be brought to the Community Building during that same time.

For more information on this year’s South Central Area Fair, check out the website at or on facebook at South Central Area Fair.

Step back in time to the days of old when the sight of the largest vegetables amazed your eyes and the aroma of those home-cooked pies filled your nostrils while the shrieks of thrill seekers sang to your ears as they went whirling by on the ferris wheel.

“We’ll see you at the fair!”

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