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Halifax County Fair expanding name

SoVaNow.com / July 25, 2013
The annual Halifax County Fair is adding new attractions this year including expanding its name. The event, set for October 1-5 at the Halifax County Fairgrounds, will be known as the Halifax County Fair and Outdoor Expo.

Todd Moser, who will head the fair activities this year, announced the rules and prizes for the various categories in the Exhibit Hall.

In the Art Department, entries must be original work and they will be limited to two entries per person. All must have been completed since the last fair and all must be mounted on construction paper or cardboard. (Fair officials reserve the right not to display or judge any entry deemed to be inappropriate for a family fair.)

In the adult division (ages 18 and up for non professionals only) the first place prize is $25, second $15, third $10; Best in Show $50.

Prizes in youth art: $10 for first place; $5 for second and $3 for third with Best in Show $20. There will be three categories: ages 4 and under; ages 5-8 and ages 9-12.

Photography prizes for amateur adults, 18 and older: first place $25, second $15 and third $10. For youth 17 and under: first place $10, second $5 and third $3.

For professional adults only, 18 and older the first place prize is $25, second $15 and third $10 with Best in Show $50. All photographs must be color or black and white with a ten entry limit. All must be framed and must be the work of the exhibitor.

In the floral category entries will be judged on freshness, vigor and overall quality with no limit on the number of entries. No artificial or store bought flowers are eligible and there are three categories — non blooming house plants, blooming house plants and fresh cut arrangements in creative containers. First place prize is $25, second $15 and third $5 with a $50 prize for Best in Show.

In the handicraft category there will be wreaths, baskets, homemade soap, folk art, refurnished woodwork and claymaking with the top prize of $25, second $15 and third $5.

In the canned goods division all entries will be judged on taste and appearance and must be in standard quart or pint size canning jars which must be sealed. All must have been canned since the last fair and all must be the work of the exhibitor. First place prize is $25, second $15, third $5 for BBQ sauce and for jams, jellies and preserves as well as for pickles and string beans.

There is also a $25 first place prize for the best honey, $15 for second and $10 for third.

There’ll even be prizes of $15, $10 and $5 for the best white eggs and also for brown eggs with the same cash prizes for fruits (half dozen of each). The prizes for corn (6 ears for an exhibit), peppers (three) sweet and hot, sweet potatoes and Irish potatoes and pumpkins and tomatoes (three) are the same as those for eggs.

In the needlework category which includes knitted items, stitched garments/clothing and the every popular quilts the first place prize is $25, $15 for second and $5 for third.

For woodworkers and metal workers all entries must be original work and entries will be judged on workmanship and originality with no limit on the number of entries. First place prize is $25, second $15, third $5 and Best in Show $50. Entries include furniture, birdhouses, toys and the most creative use of recycled materials.

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