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Fair’s culinary contest coming up

September 1, 2012
By Beth Christian Broschart - Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

If you like to can, bake, make candy or garden, the Randolph County Fair is the perfect place to show off your goodies.

Categories for entries in the competition can be one or two crust pies from scratch, homemade cakes, cookies, candy, bread, butter, cheese, dried herbs, dried vegetables, honey and many more.

Canned goods are separated by canned vegetables; canned fruits; pickled or fermented foods and sauces; butters; jams; jellies and preserves; and meat.

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Culinary skills including baking, candy making and canning are on display during the Randolph County Fair competition. Ribbons are awarded for first, second and third place in each category.

The produce category includes beans, beats, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cantaloupe, carrots, cauliflower, celery, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, horseradish roots, kohlrabi, okra, onions, peas, peppers, parsnips, pumpkins, potatoes, radish, rhubarb, rutabaga, squash, sunflower, tomatoes, turnips, watermelon, greens, herbs, apples, pears, plums, grapes, strawberries, raspberries, elderberries and nuts. There is also a category for most unusual crop not normally grown in this area and oddity crop for a crop normally grown in the area that shows odd characteristics.

The final category is silage and corn, and it includes legume hay, mixed grasses hay, grass hay, five stalks of corn, 10 ears of corn, shelled corn, small grain, chopped silage and green crop.

Anyone wishing to exhibit during the competition must have their entries at Camp Pioneer in Beverly anytime between 3:30 and 7 p.m. Wednesday. Exhibits will be registered at the Assembly Building. All exhibits must remain on display until Saturday closing, and may be picked up from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Each exhibit must have been made or grown by the exhibitor during the 2011 to 2012 season, and must be the product of the home, garden or farm. Canned goods must have been preserved in standard canning jars of the size specified and sealed with two-piece vacuum caps. Rings will be removed by the exhibitor when presented for judging.

Baked goods must be made by the exhibitor from scratch and exhibited in the quantity specified, on plain disposable plates in self-closing plastic bags. Cakes may be covered using clear plastic wrap.

Announcement of awards is set for 12:30 p.m. Sept. 8 in Hammer Hall at Camp Pioneer. Ribbons will be awarded for first, second and third place in each section.

A premier exhibitor will be determined by totaling the ribbon points for everyone entering 10 or more exhibits. Points will be 3 for a blue ribbon, 2 for a red ribbon and 1 for a white ribbon. Total points will be divided by the number of entries, and the person with the highest average will be the premier exhibitor.

Details of the class sections, quantities required for display and an explanation of prizes are available from the West Virginia University Cooperative Extension Service at 32 Randolph Ave. in Elkins, or by calling 304-636-2455. The Randolph County Fair Schedule and descriptions of each entry are available at



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