By Chris Edwards
WOODVILLE – The Tyler County Fair takes place this year from Oct. 4 through 8, and with that countywide event approaching, the youth of the county are busy with various projects to showcase.
Home Economics division sponsor Tina Johnason said the deadline to enter in the different division of home ec projects for the fair is on Wednesday, Sept. 6. The divisions are: Fine Arts; Baking; Photography; Canning and Sewing/needlework.
Participants must be enrolled in 4-H, Future Farmers of America (FFA) or FCCLA in order to enter in all divisions, except for the Fine Arts contest, which is open to all art students across the county. Particpants ages eight years and younger can enter in the Pee Wee Division, and those exhibitors do not have to be enrolled in a club to enter. Nine years old, or third-grade, may enter in the Junior Division, and the Senior Division is for ages 14-18.
The fees per category entry are as follows: $10 for Fine Arts; Photography; Canning and Sewing/Needlework and $12 for the Baking contest.
In the Fine Arts contest, participants can enter in one of the following categories: paintings; drawings; mixed media; digital art; crafts; wreaths and fresh floral. The Baking contest comprises candy; cookies; bars; layer cakes; sheet cakes; bread; sweet bread; pies; fruit pies and Bundt cakes.
The Photography contest gives participants the choice of capturing people; places; objects; animals or fair life.
The Canning contest has these categories: fruits; jams; jellies; preserves; vegetables; relishes and pickles.
In all contests, except for the Canning one, participants can only enter one entry per category. In Canning, three different varieties per category can be entered.
The complete contest rules as well as entry forms can be obtained from the fair’s website: http://tylercountyfair.us.
Johanson can be reached at 361-318-0817 for any questions, and for any participants who need assistance in enrolling in an FFA, FCCLA chapter or 4-H, they need to contact their school’s ag teacher, or the Tyler County AgriLife Extension Office, at 409-283-8284.