Fair exhibition Entries

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Rules & Regulations

  • All Bedford County residents, Bedford County FCE members and Bedford County 4-Hers are eligible   to enter items in the Fair Exhibition.
  • Only one entry per lot per person is allowed.
  • Unless noted, entries must be made or grown by the exhibitor since August 2018.
  • Each lot will have a pre-4-H category for children younger than 4-H, a 4-H category for youth who have  completed 4th grade through those completing the 12th grade, and an adult category.
  • All items must be left on display until released by the Fair during official pick-up times as listed below.
  • See also any special regulations under each Department and Class.
  • Reasonable precautions will be taken, however, the fair board and/or University of Tennessee/Tennessee  State University Extension will not be responsible for the loss or damage of any article.
  • Any article left after 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 28 will become property of the Fair Board.
  • The Fair premiums will be paid at $5.00 for 1st place with a blue ribbon, $4.00 for 2nd place with a red  ribbon, and $3.00 for 3rd place with a yellow ribbon.
  • A Champion rosette will be awarded to one entry in each Class except for Department E (Beekeeping)  where one champion rosette will be awarded to one entry in the Department.
  • All decisions by fair judges are final.


Entry Process

  • Decide which lots you will be entering. Remember only 1 item can be entered in each lot. You may fill  out the tags in the book by listing the lot number and checking pre 4-H, 4-H or Adult. Attach tag to item  using pins, tape etc. on the left hand edge of the tag. Bring all items to the Covered Show Ring behind  the Exhibition Room (Main Building) at the Agriculture and Education Center on Midland Road at the  entry times listed below. You will be entered into the computer and be given tags and a sheet of sticky  labels with your name printed on it to attach to the labels at that time.

DEPARTMENT A: CREATIVE ARTS DEPARTMENT

Items must have been completed since August 2018 and not have been entered in the Bedford County Fair previously. All items must have been made by the exhibitor.

CLASS 1 - LINENS

1. Pillow cases, any kind, one

2. Pot holders, any kind, one

3. Place mats, any kind, one

4. Afghan, any kind

5. Pillow, any kind

6. Other linens

CLASS 2 - QUILTS

7. Pieced quilt, made and quilted by the exhibitor,  hand quilted

8.  Pieced quilt, made by the exhibitor and quilted  by exhibitor or another, machine quilted

9.  Other than pieced quilt, made and quilted by  exhibitor, hand quilted

10.  Other than pieced quilt, made by exhibitor and  quilted by exhibitor or another, machine quilted

11. Quilted item or wall hanging  (other than bed size quilt)

CLASS 3 - WEARING APPAREL

12. Children’s apparel, any kind

13. Crocheted or knitted garment

14. Decorated sweatshirt or T-shirt

15. Accessories (scarves, hats, socks, etc.)

16. Purse or tote bag

17. Other wearing apparel

CLASS 4 - NEEDLEWORK

18. Counted cross-stitch

19. Stamped cross-stitch

20. Embroidery

21. Needlepoint

22. Crocheted article (other than clothing or afghan)

23. Knitted article (other than clothing or afghan)

24. Tatted article

25. Item made from hand spun yarn, spun by the exhibitor

26. Other needlework

CLASS 5 - FINE ARTS

27. Oil painting

28. Acrylic painting

29. Watercolor painting

30. Tole or decorative painted article

31. Pen and ink and/or pencil

32. Charcoal and/or chalk

33. Mixed media

34. Other fine arts

CLASS 6 - HAND CRAFT

35. Christmas ornament

36. Wall decoration

37. Table decoration

38. Ceramic article

39. Baskets

40. Weaving

41. Woodworking

42. Jewelry, any item

43. Scrapbooking, (No 4-H subject matter scrapbooks, see #57)

44. Upcycled craft (made from recycled or re-used materials, include 3”x5” index card with description)

45. Other crafts

CLASS 7 - PHOTOGRAPHY

Entries must be matted or mounted on a mat or cardboard.

No framed items. No professionals.

46. Series - 3 to 5 pictures that are related or tell a story, must be mounted on same mat or cardboard  (not individual mats)

47. Buildings / architecture

48. People / selfie

49. Landscape / scenery

50. Flowers / plants

51. Animals / insects

52. Holidays / celebrations / events

53. Black and white

54. Special effects photograph (computer manipulation, post processing, etc.)

55. Other

CLASS 8 - PRE-4-H & 4-H ONLY

56. Exhibit explaining any 4-H project

57. 4-H scrapbook

58. 4-H poster

59. Handmade piggy bank

60. Collection, 10 or more items

61. Models

62. Lego creation

63. Bead art

DEPARTMENT B: FOOD PRESERVATION DEPARTMENT

Canned items must be in a quart, pint, half-pint, or jelly size standard canning jar with a two-piece lid. Any jar that registrars or judges determine to have a poor or faulty seal or sign of spoilage will be disqualified. The fair board and/or University of Tennessee / Tennessee State University Extension are not responsible for breakage, theft or spoilage. Items must have been canned in the previous 12 months.

CLASS 1 - FRUITS

64. One jar apples

65. One jar pears

66. One jar berries

67. One jar peaches

68. One jar other fruit

CLASS 2 - VEGETABLES

69. One jar green beans

70.  One jar tomatoes

71.  One jar tomato juice

72.  One jar mixed vegetables

73.  One jar other vegetable

CLASS 3 - PICKLED PRODUCTS

74. One jar cucumber pickles, sweet

75. One jar cucumber pickles, dill

76. One jar bread & butter pickles

77. One jar chow-chow (piccalilli)

78. One jar salsa

79. One jar vegetable pickle

80. One jar relish

81. One jar other fruit or vegetable pickle

CLASS 4 - JELLIED PRODUCTS

82. One jar any jelly

83. One jar any jam

84.  One jar any butter

85.  One jar other jellied product

department c: food department

All items must be made from scratch. No mixes or purchased pie crusts. All items must be on a disposable plate or pan and in a zip top plastic bag.

CLASS 1 - COOKIES

86.  Chocolate chip cookies, three

87.  Peanut butter cookies, three

88.  Oatmeal cookies, three

89.  Sugar cookies, three

90.  Brownies, three

91.  Other cookies, three

CLASS 2 - CAKES

92.  Cupcakes, iced, three

93.  Pound cake, half cake

94.  Chocolate cake, half cake

95.  Yellow cake, iced, half cake

96.  Other cake, half cake

CLASS 3 - PIES

97.  Chess pie, no meringue, 1/4 of pie

98.  Pecan pie, 1/4 of pie

99.  Chocolate fudge pie, no meringue, 1/4 of pie

100.  Any fruit pie, 1/4 of pie

101.  Other pie, no refrigeration required, 1/4 of pie

CLASS 4 - BREADS

102.  Yeast bread, half loaf

103.  Sourdough bread, half loaf

104.  Rolls, three

105.  Quick bread, half loaf

106.  Muffins, three

107.  Cornbread, three muffins or half cake

108.  Biscuits, three

109.  Gluten free baked item from any bread category  (Lots 102-108)

110.  Other bread

CLASS 5 - CANDIES

111. Hard candy, 3 pieces

112.  Peanut brittle, 3 pieces

113.  Divinity, 3 pieces

114.  Caramel corn, either 1 ball or about ½ cup

115.  Other candy, 3 pieces

department d: agricultural department

CLASS 1 - GARDEN PRODUCE

116. White Potatoes, three

117. Red Potatoes, three

118. Sweet Corn Ears, three

119. Cabbage – one head

120. Red Tomatoes, any kind, three

121. Cherry Tomatoes, five

122. Other Tomatoes, three

123. Largest tomato – No leaks

124. Onions, yellow, white or red, three

125. Pickling Cucumber, three

126. Other Cucumber, three

127. Squash, three summer or 1 winter

128.  Bell Peppers, three

129.  Hot Peppers, three

130.  Other Peppers, any kind, three

131.  Snap Green Beans in edible stage, twelve

132.  Okra, five

133.  Pod Lima Beans, twelve

134.  Pod Peas, twelve

135.  Pumpkin, one

136. Watermelon, one

137.  Cantaloupe, one

138.  Apples, three

139.  Pears, three

140.  Grapes on stem, one bunch

141.  Gourd, large, one

142.  Gourds, small, three

143.  Nuts, any kind, shelled, twelve

144.  Garden display – attractive arrangement of six or  more different vegetables raised in your garden.  May be arranged in basket or any other container.

145. Other vegetable

146. Other fruit

CLASS 2 - FIELD CROPS

147.  One hay section – alfalfa

148.  One hay section – grass

149. One hay section – grass & legume

150.  One hay section – Sudan & peril millet

151.  One hay section – other

152.  Stalks of Corn, three

153.  Ears of Corn, five

154.  Largest ear of Corn – Any Variety

155.  Stalks of Soybeans, three

156.  Silage, corn – 1 gallon bag, sealed

157.  Other field crop

CLASS 3 - FRUIT & VEGETABLE CHARACTERS

Use your creativity to construct people, animals or other characters from fruits and vegetables. You may use toothpicks or other adhesives (glue, etc.) to help hold the characters together but everything else must be a fruit or vegetable part. You may not use any artificial form of coloring such as crayons, markers, paint, etc., only the natural colors of the fruits and vegetables.


158. People

159. Animals

160. Other Character

department e: beekeeping show

All adults and 4-Hers are eligible to enter items in the Beekeeping show. Only one adult entry per lot per exhibitor will be accepted. Only two adult entries per lot per family will be allowed. Each 4-H member may enter one entry per lot. All reasonable precautions will be taken, however, the Fair Board and/or the Duck River Beekeepers Association will not be responsible for the loss or damage of any article.


Competition extracted honey will be accepted in one pound jars of queen line or gambler style. All entries must be unlabeled. Competition beeswax, lots 172 and 173, must be one pound. Beeswax entries in lot 174 can be creative and of various size. Shallow or medium frames of honey will be accepted. Frames of honey must be placed in sanitary, bee-proof container with see through sides. All entries must be produced by exhibitor.


Entry, pick-up and display times will be the same as for the Fair Exhibition Entries except that live bees will be displayed Monday and Tuesday and need to be picked up by Tuesday evening at 9:00 p.m. Any articles left  aft er 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 28 will become property of the Fair Board. One champion ribbon will be awarded to one entry in classes 1-9.

CLASS 1 - EXTRACTED HONEY

161. White

162.  Light Amber

163.  Dark Amber

164.  Dark

CLASS 2 - CHUNK HONEY

165.  White

166.  Light Amber

167.  Dark Amber

168.  Dark

CLASS 3 - FRAME OF HONEY

169.  Shallow or medium frame of cut comb light honey

170.  Shallow or medium frame of cut comb dark honey

171. Wired or plastic shallow or medium frame for extracting light honey

172. Wired or plastic shallow or medium frame  for extracting dark honey

CLASS 4 - BEESWAX BLOCKS (1 POUND EACH)

173.  One entry dark beeswax

174.  One entry light beeswax

CLASS 5 - BEESWAX PRODUCTS

175. Homemade products made of beeswax 

CLASS 6 - LIVE HONEY BEES

176.  Exhibit on one comb in an observation hive  that is bee proof with see through sides  containing a queen bee, worker bees and drone  bees. drone bees.

CLASS 7 - COMB HONEY

177.  Bass wood sections, plastic rounds, square,  triangles or ½ combs

CLASS 8 - CREAMED HONEY

178.  Creamed Honey in a one pound tub 

CLASS 9 - COOKED ITEM WITH HONEY

179.  Item cooked with honey Honey must make up at least 51% of the  sweetener content. Must provide recipe  with entry.