Chocolate Chip Cookie Contest

Winner will be presented with the Jamie Kirchner Memorial Trophy.

Any youth 6 years or older may enter. Follow the recipe below, it does not need to be included with the entry.

Prizes

1st 2nd 3rd
$2.00 $1.50 $1.00

All others will receive participant ribbons.

Jamie’s Recipe

  • 1 Cup shortening 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 Cup brown sugar 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 Cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon water
  • 1 – 12 ounce bag Chocolate Chips

Directions

Makes 6 dozen.

  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. Mix shortening and brown sugar.
  3. Add granulated sugar and stir.
  4. Add eggs, water and vanilla and beat well.
  5. Add flour, salt and baking soda and beat well.
  6. Stir in chocolate chips.
  7. Drop by teaspoonfuls on cookie sheet.
  8. Bake 12 minutes.
  9. Cool on cooling rack.

Submit 6 on a plate for judging.

Association of Connecticut Fairs Adult Baking Contest – 2022 Abraham Lincoln Cake

Please see Adult_Baking_Contest_-_Abraham_Lincoln_Cake

For questions about, and updates on, the Association of Connecticut Fairs Baking Contests, please visit the CT Ag Fairs Baking Contests page.

Association of Connecticut Fairs Junior Baking Contest – 2022 Carrot Cake Muffins

Please see Junior_Baking_Contest_-_Carrot_Cake_Muffins

For questions about, and updates on, the Association of Connecticut Fairs Baking Contests, please visit the CT Ag Fairs Baking Contests page.

Horse Show Events

Saturday and Sunday.

2022 Horse Show Entry Forms

General Rules And Regulations

  • One person per horse admitted free to the grounds.
  • Current rabies vaccine and negative Coggins certificates are required for each horse.
  • No stallions are allowed on the fairgrounds.
  • Red ribbons must be on the tails of horses that kick.
  • AQHA rule-book will be used as a guideline only.
  • Decisions of the judge and/or committee are final.
  • No horses will be ridden in any area other than the show ring.
  • Proper attire is required boots and hats for anyone under 18 years of age. It is mandatory to wear protective headgear with the harness securely fastened.
  • There will be no refunds, no exceptions.
  • Secretaries booth will be opened at 7:30 am on Saturday and 9:30 am on Sunday.
  • All entry forms must be signed by rider or guardian if rider is a minor.
  • Separate numbers will be assigned to riders riding more than one horse. Riders cannot combine points from more than one horse for any on championship.
  • Any disorderly conduct by rider or horse will exclude them from the show and fair grounds.
  • All courses will be posted at the secretaries booth and lower end of the show ring.
  • Anyone showing in the walk-trot/walk-jog divisions are not eligible for any other divisions.

The Harwinton Agricultural Society Horse Show Committee, and Show Officials will not be held responsible for any accident, loss, damage, or death to person, horse, or property. Signature on entry form constitutes agreement herein.

Age Divisions

(as of January 1, 2022)

  • Lead-line 7 years and under
  • Pee-Wee 10 years and under
  • Walk-trot/jog 13 years and under
  • Youth 11 years to 18 years
  • Junior 17 years and under
  • Open all ages
  • Games all ages

English and Western Class List

Saturday at 9:30 am, rain or shine.

1. Walk-Jog Showmanship
2. Junior Showmanship ( first 3 classes are western only)
3. Open Showmanship

4. Walk-Trot Equitation
5. Walk-Trot Pleasure
6. Walk-Trot Discipline Rail

7. Walk-Jog Horsemanship
8. Junior Horsemanship
9. Open Horsemanship

10. Junior Equitation
11. Junior Pleasure
12. Junior Discipline Rail

13. Lead-Line 7 years, and under being lead by adult (first class after lunch).

14. Walk-Jog Pleasure
15. Junior Pleasure
16. Open Pleasure

17. Open Equitation
18. Open Pleasure
19. Open Discipline Rail

20. Western Fair Pleasure
21. English Fair Pleasure

22. Musical Cones
23. Egg and Spoon
24. Simon Says
25. Water ride
26. Sit-A-Buck

Championships

  • Walk-Jog: 1, 7, 14
  • Open Western: 3, 9, 16
  • Walk-Trot: 4, 5, 6
  • Open English: 17, 18, 19
  • Junior Western: 2, 8, 15
  • Games: 22, 23, 24, 25, 26
  • Junior English: 10, 11, 12

Association of Connecticut Fairs Two-Crusted Apple Pie Contest

Contest Rules

1. Each pie must be a 9” (measured at the top inside edge of the dish) two-crusted pie, lattice-top is excluded.
2. Submit a 3” x 5” card with your recipe, your name and address.
3. No pre-made or pie mixes will be allowed.
4. The main ingredient must be apples. However, pies may include other fruits or ingredients.
5. Failure to adhere to these rules will disqualify the entered pie from the competition.
6. All pies become the property of the Association of Connecticut Fairs (baking dishes will not be returned).

Judging Criteria

Overall appearance 40 points
Crust 10 points
Flavor 40 points
Texture 10 points
Total Score 100 points

Prizes

The following prizes plus a rosette will be awarded at the annual state contest held in November. Honorable Mention Ribbons will also be awarded.

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
$40.00 $35.00 $30.00 $25.00 $15.00 $12.50 $10.00 $7.50 $5.00 $5.00

Bishops Orchards is sponsoring by awarding bags of apples at the Annual State Contest held in November.

King Arthur Flour is sponsoring ribbons and prizes at the Annual State Contest in November.

Ox Teamster’s Challenge

Carl and David Armbruster, Superintendents (860) 940-8527

Saturday, adjacent to the Oxen Ring.

Starts after show classes have completed. Open to all teams strong enough to pull a loaded sled. Open to all teamsters – any age, male or female. 2 pairs per teamster.

Teamster must work alone, using mostly voice commands, to guide the team to load an unruly log onto a woodshod sled and then pull the sled through an obstacle course designed to simulate trees, bridges, and mud holes. The event is timed and the judge deducts points for each mistake. This is a show of patience and skill for both teamster and team. Good sportsmanship is expected and makes this event a crowd-pleaser. No nose baskets will be allowed.

The Fair pays 10 places and provides colorful rosette ribbons as well as a trophy for first place team.

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
$100.00 $75.00 $50.00 $40.00 $30.00 $25.00 $20.00 $15.00 $10.00 $10.00

Extra money can be earned by spilling a small water bucket with one end of the log during the course.

Please sign up in the morning, or ahead of time, with the announcer:
David Armbruster
355 North Harwinton Ave
Terryville, CT 06786-4104

Stock Garden Tractor Pull

Sunday. Registration at 8 am, pull begins at 9 am. For more information call John Bigos at (860) 601-0098 .

Held in the tractor pull area at the South end of the Fairgrounds.

Classes

Class 1. Stock. Kids 6-10 years old. Up to 12HP with 23/10.5/12 or smaller tires
Class 2. Stock. Kids 11-14 years old. up to 12HP with 23/10.5/12 or smaller tires.
Class 3. Stock. Kids 6-14 years old. up to 14-20HP with 26/12/12 or smaller tires.
Class 3G. Gravely-Kids 6-14 years old and up with 26/12/12 or smaller tires.
Class 4. Stock. Adult. 15 years and older. up to 11HP with 23/10.5/12 or smaller tires.
Class 5. Stock. Adult. 15 years and older. 12-16HP with 23/10.5/12 or smaller tires.
Class 6. Stock. Adult. 15 years and older. 17-20HP with 26/12/12 or smaller tires.
Class 6G. Gravely-Adult. 15 years or older with 26/12/12 or smaller tires.
Class 7. Stock Big Wheels. Kids 6-14 years old. up to 20HP 16-24 inch tires. No tires larger than 8.3×24 or 9.5.
Class 8. Stock Big Wheels. Adult, 15 years and older, up to 20HP 16-24 inch tires. none larger than 8.3×24 or 9.5.
Class 9. Super Stock, Adult, 15 years and older.

General Rules, All classes

  • A Full pull will be 8 feet. If your 1st pull is less than 2 feet you will have the option to try again. NOTE: some pulls may not allow this.
  • Boundary lines will be 10 feet apart. If tractor or stone boat hits the boundary lines, the driver and tractor will be disqualified.
  • No jerking stone boat. You must tighten the chain before pulling.
  • Drivers must remain seated. No bouncing allowed. Drivers must keep one hand on steering wheel at all times while pulling.
  • Only one person per tractor per class. (Adults) Two kids from immediate family per tractor.
  • Kids 6-14 years must be able to safely operate the tractor to the satisfaction of our officials. Kids must also have an adult coach at all times. Coaches must remain outside the boundary lines at time of pull.
  • Officials will class and check all the tractors. Their judgment is final.
  • No horseplay or alcoholic beverages allowed. No passengers on tractor.
  • No cheating:
    • Cheat once: warning.
    • Cheat twice: miss two pulls.
    • Cheat 3 times: kids out for the season, adults out permanently.
  • All tractors must have clevis or hole in draw bar large enough to accept hook from stone boat. Hole must be at least 2″ diameter.
  • Class winners will be allowed to move up to next class. They will compete for fun only, not for ribbons.
  • Pulling committee and officials reserve the right to add any additional rules or correct any problems that happen at a pull.

The age of the puller on May 1st will determine the class they will pull for the entire season.

There are a few tractors with factory stock 15″ rims. These will be classed on an individual basis.

A 23/10.5/12 tire is 23″ tall, 10.5″ wide and on a 12″ rim.

A 26/12/12 is 26″ tall, 12″ wide and on a 12″ rim.

Garden Tractor Pull Rules

Stock garden tractors up to 20hp, 1 or 2 cylinders, gas or electric.

All tractors must have a rigid draw bar. Maximum bar height in classes 1-6 will be one inch below rear axle centerline.

Max draw bar height for Big Wheels. classes 7 & 8 will be 12 inches from the ground. Classes 7 &8 Economy tractors will have a stock hitch that was original equipment or one rebuilt to original specs. No bolt on draw bars behind the rear axle.

One set of stock garden tractor wheel weights, or tires loaded with liquid ballast, not both.

Wheel Weights, Classes 1-8

  • 8″ and 12″ wheels may be homemade and should not to exceed 75 lbs. per wheel.
  • Big wheels must be manufactured only and not to exceed 140 lbs. per wheel.
  • Weights may be weighted at any time at discretion of an official. They must be removable.
  • Under mounted mowers are allowed. No chains over 10″ long to hold mower deck to tractor. No other attachments. Engine cannot run over 3,600 rpm.
  • No cut tires, no tire chains, dual wheels, 4×4’s, crawlers, steel wheels, pit bulls, cupels, or professional pulling tires.
  • Tractors in classes 7 & 8 must be equipped with wheelie bars that are strong enough to support tractor.
    Wheelie bars must be strong enough to support tractor. Bars must be made of 2” square tubing, 1/8” thick, or flat stock, 1/4″ x 2 1/4″ max. Brace 1 1/4″ x 1 1/4″ x 1/8″ angle. Cross brace must not interfere with hitch or chain. Bars must not extend more than 4” behind the exterior of the tire, no more than 6” from the ground. They must have wheels or pads.
  • Wheelie bars are not mandatory for classes 1 thru 6 but are highly recommended for safety. If you have them they must meet the standards listed above.
  • Cub cadets must have a shield to deflect any flying parts to ground in event of a mishap. Shields must be made of 15 gauge steel or 1/8″ aluminum and surround the clutch housing on top and both sides.
  • Stock seats only. No car, trucks, bucket seats or otherwise.
  • Flagrant violators of any rules will not be allowed to pull, per decision of official.

Super Stock Rules, Class 9

  • Garden tractors, up to 20hp. One or two cylinder, four cycle, gasoline engines.
  • Frame cannot be lengthened more than 4″. Hood cannot be raised more than 3″. Tractors must have wheelie bars that are strong enough to support the tractor, must extend 4″ behind the exterior of the tire and will be no more than 6″ from the ground. See Stock garden tractor rules for requirements.
  • All tractors must have a rigid draw bar. Max height will be 14″. Bars must not extend rearward more than 15” from center of the axle. Rear engine tractors accepted, with rigid bars being as close as possible to the engine.
  • Tractors can run two pair of wheel weights and add up to 300 lbs. of extra weight. All weights must be secured to tractor. No weights allowed on tractor seats or driver. Nothing can protrude more than 20″ in front of the tractor frame. Losing weights while pulling will result in disqualification.
  • Maximum engine rpm must not exceed 4,000 and may be checked at any time. All tractors must have sufficient shielding of belts, chains, clutches, etc. to deflect any flying parts to the ground.
  • Any type of tire may be used. Tires can be modified. Max size will be 31-15.50/15. No dual wheels, no tire chains or studs.
  • A tractor that pulls in Super Stock cannot pull in any other class. Tractor may not weigh more than 1700 lbs. with 3 1/15.5×15 tires, and 1800 lbs. with 26×12.5×12 tires.
  • Super Stock tractors will be weighed. There will be a one time fee for the scale to be paid by the puller. Tractors may be rechecked at any later pull at no fee at the discretion of the official.

Antique Tractor Pull

Saturday. Registration at 8 am, pull begins at 9 am.

Stock Farm Tractors, 1959 and older:

  • Stock drawbars only. No modifications. a clevis is to be used and cannot be modified.
  • The maximum hitch height is 18 inches. This will be measured from the point of contact that hook on the chain will have with the tractor.
  • Washers may be used to shim the clevis.
  • The clevis must be attached to the drawbar in the normal location.
  • The minimum distance from the centerline of the rear axle to the pin hole where the clevis is attached is 24 inches.
  • Tractors with 2 or 3 point hitch drawbar must have drawbar secured with stabilizer bars or pins.
  • Unusual stock items: The owner of any tractor equipped with unusual or seldom seen parts will be required to bring parts, operators or service manuals to verify to officials that the parts are factory stock.
  • Industrial tractors that cannot meet this requirement must remain stock.

Tires

  • Regular or radial tires are legal. NO CUT TIRES.
  • Tractors in the 2500, 3500, 4500 and 5500 pound classes will be limited to a maximum tire width of 15.5 inches.
  • Tractors in the 6500, 7500, pound classes will be limited to a maximum tire width of 16.9 inches.
  • Tractors in the 8500, 9500, 10,500, and 11,500 classes will be limited to maximum tire width of 18.4 inches on row crop style.

Safety Bars

  • All tractors must be equipped with safety bars. The safety bars must be made out of three-inch channel iron or the equivalent.
  • Safety bars must be rigid and stationary and extend 4 inches past the rear tires and 10 inches from the ground.
  • Three-point hitch arms may be used, if bolted stationary into position.
  • All safety bars must be equipped with safety pads on the ends of the bars. Safety pads must be stationary and must not be less than 25 square inches per pad.
  • All tractors must be equipped with safety bars strong enough to support the weight of the tractor when tested by a judge.

Weight of Tractors:

  • Front frame weights are legal. This means any factory cast frame weights bolted in the stock location.
  • Front wheel weights are legal. This means any factory front cast wheel weights bolted securely in the stock location. Two sets maximum at events with no scales. No limit at events with scales.
  • Rear wheel weights are legal. This means any factory cast rear wheel weights bolted securely in the stock location. Three sets maximum at events with no scales. No limit at events with scales.
  • Loaded tires are legal. Either loaded tires or three sets of wheel weights, not both events with no scales. Both loaded tires and any amount of wheel weights at events with scales.

Weight Classes

  • 2500 LBS
  • 3500 LBS
  • 4500 LBS
  • 5500 LBS
  • 6500 LBS
  • 7500 LBS
  • 8500 LBS
  • 9500 LBS
  • 10,500 LBS
  • 11,500 LBS.

General Rules

The officials of events reserve the right to add any additional rules or correct any problems that happen at an event that are not written in the rules.

  • PULL: 20′ is a full pull.
  • HITCHING UP: You may not bring your tractor onto the track until the flagman allows you to do so. No pack the track! You back up once and hook up to the stone boat. No pulling ahead and backing up again and again Tractors must be in neutral and hands off the controls when a man is hooking you on. No jerking of the stone boat allowed. You must tighten the chain before pulling Disengaging and engaging clutch after your pull begins is not allowed.
  • OUT OF BOUNDS: Guide ropes will be placed on the ground at a distance of 14 feet apart. Any part of the tractor touching the guide rope or going over the ropes during the pull will disqualify the pull and the tractor from the event.
  • STONE BOAT: The stone boat will only be centered to track at the officials discretion.
  • WEIGHING IN: all tractors must be weighed in 1 hour prior to the start of the event. Once a tractor is weighed it will be parked in the staging area and not allowed to go back to the pit area.
  • NO RIDERS: No riders on the tractors in any area of the event. Any coaching must be done outside of the out of bounds markers.
  • FLUIDS: Any fluids leaking from tractors in excessive amounts will disqualify the tractor from the event.
  • CLASS WINNERS: A winner of a class can move up to the next class and compete. Only if he/she won his/her class by making a full pull. No weight can be added and no changes can be made to the tractor. Winning tractors maybe reinspected and re-weighed at officials discretion.
  • DRIVERS: the drivers must be 18 years of age or older and maintain good, safe adult behavior at all times. Drivers who do not remain seated while pulling will be automatically disqualified. All drivers are expected to help out on the track crew at some point during the event. Any driver intoxicated or disrespectful will be disqualified.
  • BRAKES: All tractors must have good working brakes.
  • SHEET METAL: Major sheet metal shall be in place and properly attached.
  • NO Fordson tractors allowed. (Because of worm gear drive)
  • Anything that falls off a tractor while on the tract will disqualify the tractor.
  • NO: 4-wheel drive tractors, dual rear wheels, tire chains, half tracks, crawler tractors and no implements on tractors.

Litchfield County Contest

Sponsored by Litchfield County Council of Fairs

Theme

Doorstop

Entry must have an agricultural theme and may be made of any suitable material. Doorstop must be heavy enough to hold door open, no wedging allowed, and be self-standing. Size not to exceed 12″ x 12″ x 12″.

Overview

Contest is open to all residents of Connecticut. Prizes will be awarded in two divisions at each fair:

  • Youth (up through 15)
  • Adult (age 16 and over)

Local Contest

Exhibits may be entered at any fair which is a member of the Litchfield County Council of Fairs. Contestants may enter their exhibit in as many fairs as they wish until they win first prize. At that time they will be representing that fair at the Litchfield County Council of Fairs Contest in the fall.

If it is found that the contestant has entered and won first prize in more than one Litchfield County Council Fair, they will be disqualified from participating in the Litchfield County Council of Fairs Contest in the Fall of 2022.

County Contest

Representative winners from each fair in both the Youth and Adult Divisions will be eligible to enter their exhibit in the County Contest held at the Fall meeting of the Litchfield County Council of Fairs on the last Wednesday of October. Entries must be in place by 6:30 pm that evening in order to be judged.

County Prizes

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th-9th
$25.00 $20.00 $15.00 $10.00 $5.00 Rosette

Judging Criteria

Workmanship 30%
Attractiveness 20%
Originality 30%
Suitability of Materials 20%
Total 100%

Contact Information

The Goshen Fair is responsible for this year’s contest. Please contact Theresa Walla Kelly at the Goshen Fair Office (860) 491-3655 or email gsociety@sbcglobal.net.

Department R: Adult Arts and Crafts and Photography

Gary and Linda Rosa, Superintendents – (860) 482-2185

Rules

  • Entries close 10 days before the Fair.
  • All exhibitors must be 18 years and over.
  • Entries may be brought in Thursday night 6–8 pm or 4-5:30 pm Friday. Judging Saturday 10 am.
  • Beginning 2023, all exhibits must be in place by 4 pm Friday.
  • No display may be adjusted by exhibitors after 5:30 pm Friday
  • Exhibits must be picked up 5-6 pm Sunday.
  • Exhibits entered in Department R shall be the work of the exhibitor.
  • No more than two entries in any category will be accepted from a single exhibitor, please list each item separately on entry blank.
  • Names on all work must be covered until judging is complete.
  • Items exhibited must have been completed within the 12 months preceding the Fair. Only original work accepted.
  • Crafts must be designed and made by craftsman. Kits and items assembled from commercially manufactured parts are ineligible. Purchased ceramic greenware that has been painted by exhibitor is acceptable.
  • A copy of another artwork or picture is not original, a picture altered by an instructor is not original.
  • Any work not suitable for mounting with thumb tacks must be prepared for hanging with string or similar material on the back by the exhibitor.
  • Collections, scrapbooks and holiday articles must fit into no more than 18×18 inches of space, 1 entry per exhibitor.
  • Miscellaneous is only for items not covered by other categories.
  • Best of Show will be awarded a Rosette.

Arts

Prizes

1st 2nd 3rd
$5.00 $4.00 $3.00

Maximum size overall 33” x 28”
Your name on artwork needs to be blocked out prior to entry.
Artwork must be able to be wall mounted.

Classes

1. Original Oil Painting
2. Water Color
3. Acrylics
4. Pencil – Color
5. Pencil – Black & White
6. Crayon or Pastel
7. Black and White (charcoal)
8. Pen and Ink
9. Sculpture
10. Decorative Painting on Object

Crafts

Prizes

1st 2nd 3rd
$5.00 $4.00 $3.00

All crafts, except wood and wreaths, not to exceed 18”x18”

Classes

11. Scrapbook (limit 1 entry per exhibitor)
12. Hand Woven Baskets
13. Dried Materials
14. Pine Cone Article
15. Holiday Article , Autumn Theme
16. Sweatshirt, decorated
17. Jewelry
18. Metal Article
19. Collage
21. Collection (please specify, limit 1 entry per exhibitor)
22. Stenciled Article
23. Wreaths
24. Calligraphy
25. Silk Arrangements
26. Miscellaneous
27. Scarecrow Contest – see pg. 29
28. Decorated Pumpkin – see pg. 29
29. Stained Glass
30. Pottery
32. Birdhouse
33. Ceramics

Wood

34. Carving
35. Articles – No Kits
36. Wood Burned Article
37. Wood Turnings

Christmas

38. Decoration
39. Stocking
40. Wreath

Models

45. Metal Model
46. Wood Model
47. Plastic Model
48. Litchfield County Contest: Doorstop

Photography

To win a complimentary Pass to the 2023 Harwinton Fair, enter a suggestion for a theme for our Photography Contest. If yours is chosen – you win a pass. Entries can be placed in the box in Adult Photography – include your name, address, phone number and theme.

Rules

  • Prints must be 8” x 10” or 11” x 14”.
  • No more than 2 prints in any category, snapshots – one entry
  • Must be mounted on 16” x 20” standard non-flexible mounts, 1/8” to 3/16” thickness, but not framed. Any others will not be accepted.
  • Only print titles are permitted on front. Name and address of exhibitor must be put on back along with the category number.
  • Photographs must not have been entered in any previous Harwinton Fair.
  • Prints must be in by 5:30 p.m. Friday.
  • Beginning 2023, all exhibits must be in place by 4 pm Friday.
  • Youths, 17 years and under, may enter only in Youth Dept.
  • Categories for Adults (miscellaneous is only for items not covered by other categories)

Black & White (8″ x 10″ or larger)

Prizes

1st 2nd 3rd
$5.00 $4.00 $3.00

Classes

51. Scenery
52. People
53. Animal
54. Misc.

Color (8″ x 10″ or larger)

Prizes

1st 2nd 3rd
$5.00 $4.00 $3.00

Classes

56. Animal
57. People
58. Scenery
59. Plant Life
60. Misc.

Snapshots, Color

Rules

  • Limit one entry per category
  • Only commercially printed snapshots will be accepted.
  • Snapshots should be no smaller than 2 1/2 inches square and no larger than 4 inches by 6 inches.
  • Snapshots submitted shall be unmounted.

Prizes

1st 2nd 3rd
$3.00 $2.00 $1.00

Classes

64. Animals
65. People
66. Scenery
67. Plant Life
68. Miscellaneous

Photography Contest

72. Photography Contest “Clocks”

Congratulations to Ashley Johnpiere for winning our contest to name the 2023 theme: Eyes

Rules

  • Only one entry per exhibitor.
  • Color Photographs only. 5″ x 7″, 5″ x 11″, 8″ x 10″ or 11″ x 14″ print mounted on 16″ x 20″ mount but not framed.

Prizes

1st 2nd 3rd
$10.00 $7.00 $5.00