Competition Entries Now Open for Park County Fair

*(Powell, Wyoming) –* The Park County Fair’s roots may be grounded in agriculture but you don’t need to farm or own livestock to join in on the competitions for a chance at winning awards and prize money. Fair entries are being accepted through July 1, in departments that often reach every corner of the spectrum. “The Open Class competitions are exciting in that everyone can participate with items they've made, grown or raised and create their own county fair experience,” says Events Coordinator Echo Renner. In all, there are hundreds of classes in 16 Open Class departments. Whether it’s wood carving, arts & crafts, pantry, horticulture, or a number of baking competitions, there’s room for anyone who wants to compete for blue ribbon glory. In 2015, the Park County Fair paid out nearly $30,000 in ribbons, awards and premium money to exhibitors. Open Class static (non-livestock) competitions include: - Visual Arts: Drawings & Paintings and Photography - Crafted Arts - Needle Arts - Kitchen Arts - Floriculture - Horticulture - Hay - Open Class livestock competitions include: Carcass, Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle, Dairy Goat, Meat Goat, Poultry, Sheep, Wool, and Sheep Lead. "Exhibitors can enter all types of exhibits, from garden vegetables to cut flowers, handmade jewelry and other crafts, photographs, drawings, quilts and canned goods," says Renner. Among others, new classes this year include fairy gardens in the Horticulture Department and a Heart Mountain Class in Photography. A change in cake decorating now allows exhibitors to decorate and exhibit a styrofoam cake form, rather than having to make a cake and then decorate it. There is also a new class for cake pops. [image: Inline image 1] "We are trying to offer many of the same classes as the Wyoming State Fair to make it easy for exhibitors to take their exhibits from the Park County Fair to the Wyoming State Fair." Renner says, "In addition, the Park County Fair offers some special classes only available here." A full list of classes and rules, as well as the fair schedule, is available in the 2016 Park County Fair Premium Book . Hard copies of the Premium Book are available at the Fair Office in Powell, at the 4-H & Extension Office in Cody, and at a number of local businesses. Exhibitors are encouraged, but not required, to pay tribute to this year’s Fair theme, “From Pioneer Days to Modern Ways” in their entries. Entries are accepted at no charge online here , or at the Park County Fair Office located at 655 East 5th Street in Powell, or at the 4-H & Extension Office in the Courthouse in Cody. *Entries are due by Friday, July 1, at 5:00pm. 4-H and FFA entries are also due on July 1. * The Park County Fair is July 26-30, at the Park County Fairgrounds in Powell. All open Class static exhibits are due at the Fair on Monday, July 25, except for Horticulture and Floriculture exhibits, which are due on Tuesday, July 26. Livestock exhibits are due at specific times throughout the week. For more information, contact the Park County Events & Fair Office at 307-754-5421 or