Time to get your entries ready for Country Fair

For the fifth year Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center and friends will host the popular Blue Ribbon Country Fair on Saturday, Sept. 24, 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. 20.

This year’s Fair will be open to the public on Saturday, Sept. 24, with judging to start on Friday evening and continuing on Saturday.

The 2011 student art competition, “Life is Good in the Smokies,” is again 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. 20. In this division only, entries themselves must be turned in to the Heritage Center by Sept. 20 in order to allow time to judge and hang the entries in the auditorium where they will be on display to the public on Sept. 24.

With all other divisions, only the entry forms must be in the Heritage Center by close of business on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Entries themselves will be brought to the show grounds on Friday afternoon, Sept. 23, except for live bees, cattle 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 www.gsmheritagecenter.org or from the following locations: Tractor Supply Company, Foothills Farmers Co-op, Ritchie Tractor, Blount County Agricultural Extension Services office, Blount County Public Library, 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), Crow Like A Rooster (for not-so-real roosters), hog calling and the Lodge Ladies Skillet Throw.

Historic games such as sack race and spoon race will also be held. There is no additional charge to enter the contests, and participants for games and fun contests will register the day of the Fair.

Pilot Travel Centers and Clayton Homes are presenting sponsors of the Blue Ribbon Country Fair. Event sponsors are: Best Pie in the Cove - BB&T; Canning - Blount Memorial Hospital; Catch the Greased Pig Contest - Jeanie and Barry VanWinkle; Cattle Show - Pilot Travel Centers; Farmer in the Cove - Denso; Ladies Skillet Throw - Lodge; Open Hearth Cooking Demonstrations - Ruby Tuesday, Inc.; Poultry Show - Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken; Student Art Competition - Friends of the Smokies; and Vegetables and Produce - Blount Memorial Hospital.

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