Open Class offers a variety of fun at fair
July 18, 2014
Some recent stories in the Craig Daily Press have covered changes in open class entries for the upcoming Moffat County Fair. So, if you have just moved to Moffat County — or if you have lived here for some time but have never exhibited anything at the fair — you might be wondering what "open class" is all about.
Since a lot of attention is placed on 4-H and FFA exhibitors, some people may not realize that there are competitions open to people of all ages, youth through adults, during the fair. Open classes are found in pavilion entries, livestock, poultry, rabbit and dog competitions. Except for the Open Horse Show, exhibitors must be Moffat County residents. The Open Horse Show is open to exhibitors out of the county.
One of the biggest and most popular events for open class is the judging in the pavilion. This year the judging will take place on Aug. 6. There are open classes in foods (canned and baked), sewing, needlecrafts, quilts, crafts, photography, horticulture, art and more — even stationery and literary arts (books, essays, and poetry).
The open pavilion judging is open to all ages. Entries are judged according to these age divisions: pre-school (0 to 5 years of age); youth (6 to 9 years of age); pre-teen (10 to 12 years of age); teen (13 to 18 years of age), open (19 and over); senior (60 and over); and group (3 or more people working on a project together). Young people do not have to be enrolled in 4-H or FFA to compete in open class.
In addition to these age divisions, entries are judged as "amateur" or "professional." Professionals are designated as follows: teaches for pay; has sold more than $500 within the past year; has won a major award in a national show or exhibit within the last five years; or is a professional by trade.
Each year the county fair "planners" come up with exciting new competitions. This year, for example, there's the Gift Pack. In the "Candies, Cookies, and Pies" division, for example, the exhibitor can choose and assortment of candies, cookies and/or pastries and put them all in a basket which will be covered with clear gift wrap and tied at the top (so the judge can open and close the Gift Pack.)
Gift Packs can be made for other divisions as well, including one with jelly, jam, butter and/or marmalade varieties or another with bread, cake and/or cupcake varieties. Because there are special directions for making the Food Packs, please check the fair book for more information.
If photography is your thing, you might be interested in entering new divisions in "This is Moffat County" (a photo taken in the county) and "Proud to be an American" (a photo and narrative as to why it depicts the theme). The fair book has all of the information.
So, if you would like to exhibit in open class at this year's 96th Annual Moffat County Fair, stop by the Moffat County Extension Office at 539 Barclay in Craig and pick up a fair book. If you have questions, call the office at 970-824-9180 or visit their web site at http://www.moffatcountyfair.com.