Blue Ribbon Country Fair entry forms due Sept. 21

Fall is just a few weeks away and that means folks wanting to compete in the 2010 Blue Ribbon Country Fair must submit an entry form by Sept. 21.

The Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center staff and volunteers will host the fourth annual Blue Ribbon Country Fair on Sept. 24 and 25 at the center’s grounds in Townsend.

Entry forms for Fair competition - all divisions - are due in to the Heritage Center by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 21.

The weekend will open with a new cattle show on Friday afternoon, followed by judging of canning, baked goods, student art competition, produce, woodworking/metal products and floral design in the evening. Honey and chickens will be judged on Saturday.

The 2010 student art competition, “My Day in the Smokies,” is being presented by Friends of the Smokies. Competition is open to all Blount County, Maryville and Alcoa public school students K-12. Information has been sent to art teachers. Entry forms and artwork are due in Sept. 21. In this division only, entries themselves must be turned in to the Heritage Center by Sept. 21 in order to allow time to hang the entries in the auditorium where they will be on display to the public on Sept. 25.

With all other divisions, entry forms only must be in the Heritage Center by close of business on Tuesday, Sept. 21. Entries themselves will be brought to the show grounds on Friday afternoon, Sept. 24, except honey and poultry entries which will be brought in on Saturday. Exhibitors are responsible for knowing the rules and regulations prior to entering the competition.

Premium lists containing rules and entry forms are available online at or from the following locations: Tractor Supply Company, Foothills Farmers Co-op, and Ritchie Tractor, Blount County Agricultural Extension Services office, Blount County Public Library, and the Saturday morning Farmers Market, all in Maryville; and Mary E Tippitt Memorial Library and the Heritage Center in Townsend.

Other competition at this year’s fair include returning favorites -- watermelon seed-spitting, catch a greased pig contest (child contestants only), the rooster crowing contest (for real roosters) and the Lodge Skillet Throw. New this year is a hog-calling contest, scheduled for Saturday. There is no additional charge to enter the contests, and entries will register the day of the fair.

The Heritage Center is located between the Townsend traffic light and the national park entrance, on Highway 73. For more information, contact the Heritage Center, 865-448-0044.

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