Exhibitors are needed for the Vigo County Fair Open Class Department. Those who would like to showcase a talent or hobby can enter projects in the Vigo County Fair. 

Open Class exhibits are open to everyone, including individuals who do not live in Vigo County. The 2019 Vigo County Fair dates are July 7 through 13. 

Open class departments include Canning, Culinary, Fine Arts, Floriculture, Hobby and Crafts, Horticulture, Miscellaneous Foods, Needlecraft, Photography and People with Exceptional Abilities.

From acrylic and oil paintings in the Fine Arts Department to wedding cakes and cookies in the Culinary Department, there’s something for everyone.

Some edible entry options in the Culinary, Miscellaneous Food, and Canning Departments include cakes, pies, cookies, bread, barbecue sauce, salad dressing, divinity fudge and food preservation items.

Gardner’s can choose to enter tomatoes, cabbage, green beans, apples, cherries, peaches, grapes, plums, flowers, house plants, arrangements and herbs in the Horticulture or Floriculture departments.

The Hobbies and Crafts Department includes jewelry making, fabric paint crafts, ceramics, basketry and blacksmithing. Needlecraft entries can be quilts, knit or crocheted items, sewn materials or needle work.

Amateur or professional artists may enter acrylic, oil, water color, pencil, ink, and chalk or marker mediums in the Fine Arts Department and photos may be entered in the Photography Department.

Two cooking contests will be offered this year: Baker’s Best and Barbeque. This year’s Bakers’ Best contest theme is “lemon” and entries are accepted from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on July 10 in the Community Center (Floriculture) at the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds. Judging will take place at noon and at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Center, entries will be auctioned off as a fundraiser. The Barbeque contest will be on July 12 in conjunction with the 4-H Barbeque Contest. Setup begins at 10 a.m. in the grassy area in front of the 4-H meeting room. Food must be completed by noon for judging. Entrants must bring their own grill, utensils and whatever they are going to cook.

Open Class books and exhibitors numbers are available at the Purdue Extension office at 275 Ohio St. from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

Visit vigofair.com for more information or call Jay Christiansen at 812-462-3371.