Department P: Youth in Action

Miriam Slate, Superintendent – (860) 387-9582

Rules

  • Please refer to the Exhibitors page for general rules and information.
  • Limited to exhibitors 17 years old and younger.
  • Entry fee of $10 for Exhibitors 13–17 years old,  no fee for 12 years old and younger.
  • Exhibitors in this department should use the regular entry form indicating age in the space provided.
  • Exhibitors must attach entry tag to each item entered.
  • Judging begins Friday.
  • Articles made prior to October 15, 2023 will not be accepted or judged.
  • We encourage Bakery items to not come before Friday for freshness.
  • Bakery items should be in plastic bags, preferably ziplock.
  • Flower, Vegetable and Egg exhibits must be owned, grown, cared for and selected by the exhibitor.
  • The Fair is not responsible for any item left after Sunday 6 pm.
  • Exhibit at your own risk.

First prize trophy and second prize rosette ribbon awarded for:

  • Best Craft
  • Best in Bakery
  • Best Art
  • Best in Flowers
  • Best Collection
  • Best Needlework
  • Best Decorated Pumpkin, natural material
  • Best Decorated Pumpkin, man-made materials
  • Best in Vegetables
  • Best Pumpkin
  • Best Photography
  • Best Decorated Cake/Cupcake
  • Best Lego

Exhibits will be judged on quality of work, prizes as follows. These groups will be

  • Blue ribbon, article must be practically perfect. $2.
  • Red Ribbon, a slight variation from perfect. $1.50
  • White Ribbon, honorable mention. $1.

Classes

Unless noted otherwise below, no exhibitor may enter more than one article in any one class. Exhibitors positively will not be allowed to talk to or interfere in any way with judge or committee while exhibits are being judged.

Clothing and Needlework

1. Dress
2. Shirt/Top
3. Vest
4. Pants
5. Clothing, miscellaneous
6. Skirt
7. Pot Holder
8. Embroidered Article
9. Knitted Article
10. Afghan
11. Purse/Tote
12. Weaving
13. Crocheting
14. Hooking or Latch Hook Article
15. Scarf
16. Needlepoint
17. Decorated T-Shirt/Sweatshirt
18. Cross Stitch
19. Doll Clothes
20. Miscellaneous Needlework
21. Stuffed Toy
22. Stuffed Pillow
23. Quilted Item
24. Duct Tape Article

Contests

25. Junior Quilt Contest
26. Litchfield County Contest
27. Crafty Kids Contest: Theater mask

Association of Connecticut Fairs Junior Baking Contest (more information)

1st 2nd 3rd
$4 $3 $2

(All other entries – Ribbon)

28. Scarecrow contest youth
29. Decorated Pumpkin (real pumpkin) man-made material
30. Decorated Pumpkin (real pumpkin) natural material or carved

Food

Must be accompanied by recipe in order to be judged. No commercial mixes. Recipe must be attached to entry.

31. (6) Different Squares
32. (6) Brownies
33. (6) Chocolate Chip Cookies
34. (6) Peanut Butter Cookies
35. (6) Snickerdoodles
36. (6) Oatmeal Cookies
37. (6) Cookies, other
38. (6) Blueberry Muffins
39. (6) Muffins, other
40. (6) Donuts
41. (6) Baking Powder Biscuits
42. White Bread
43. Zucchini Bread
44. Pumpkin Bread
45. Datenut Bread
46. Banana Bread
47. Bread, Other
48. Yeast Rolls
49. Chocolate Cake
50. Layer Cake
51. Carrot Cake
52. Cakes, Other
53. Gingerbread
54. (6) Cupcakes
55. Apple Pie
56. Pie, Other
57. Peanut butter Fudge
58. Fudge
59. Candy, Other
60. (6) Decorated Cake Pops (no recipe needed)
61. (6) Decorated Cupcakes (no recipe needed)
62. Decorated Cake (no recipe needed)
63. Contest – Carrot Cake Muffins
64. Contest – Chocolate Chip Cookies

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

Canning

Due to the U.S.D.A. revisions, the use of paraffin for sealing jams, jellies, conserves, marmalades and preserves made at home is no longer recommended, these products should be processed in boiling hot water bath for 5 minutes. Therefore, entries sealed with paraffin will not be accepted for judging and will automatically be disqualified.

Exhibitors allowed only one entry in each Canning Class. 1/2 Pint, Pint or Quart 1 Jar

65. Applesauce
66. Fruit, other
67. Tomatoes
68. Tomato Sauce
69. Vegetables, other
70. 1 jar Sweet Pickles
71. 1 jar pickles, other
72. 1 jar relish
73. 1 jar jelly
74. 1 jar jam
75. Jar Maple Syrup
76. Jar Honey

Collections

Entry blank must show articles entered in the following class. All collections must be preassembled and fit in 3’x2’x3’ space or less.

Superintendent has right to reject entries not following rules of size. Weapon collections not allowed for safety purposes.

76. Describe Collection

Photography

Prints

  • Can be either 5″x7″ or 8″x10″.
  • Must be matted, not framed, total dimensions not to exceed 11″x14″.
  • Matting thickness from 1/8″ to 3/16″.
  • 2 may be entered, list twice for 2.

92. Black and White: 5″x7″ or 8″x10″.
93. Color: 5″x7″ or 8″x10″.

Snapshots

  • Limit of (1) one entry per Exhibitor per category, 4″x6″ unmounted.

94. Color Snapshots of Landscapes: Judging based on the landscape.
95. Color Snapshots: Any subject, judging based on overall composition.
96. Color Snapshot: Theme “Reflections”
97. Color Snapshot: Theme “At the Fair”

Artwork and Crafts

  • Only articles listed below will be accepted for exhibit.
  • All exhibits must be made and owned by exhibitor.
  • All art and craft projects must be totally dry or they will not be accepted.
  • No framed artwork, but may be matted.
  • Names on paintings and drawings must remain covered until judging is completed.
  • 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.
  • Traced, outlined or numbered paintings and drawings will not be accepted.

99. Fair Poster Contest – 22″x28″
100. Collages
101. Finger Painting
102. Computer Art
103. Oil/Acrylic Painting – 2 may be entered, list twice for 2
104. Pastels & Crayons – 2 may be entered, list twice for 2
105. Water Color – 2 may be entered, list twice for 2
106. Hand Drawings – 2 may be entered, list twice for 2
107. Basket Craft
108. Papier Maché Craft
109. Model Original
110. Model Kits, must fit in 1’x1’ x 10” space
111. Toys, handmade – not stuffed
130. Leather Craft
131. Plastic Craft
132. Paper Craft
133. Wood Craft
134. Shell Craft
135. Bird House
136. Wreath
144. Stained Glass
145. Ceramics, Fired
147. Christmas Decorations
148. Bead Craft
149. Miscellaneous Crafts (please specify)
150. Candles
151. Jewelry
152. Stone Painting
153. Felt Art
154. Sand Art
155. Clay Product
156. Holiday Decoration (not Christmas)
157. Copper Plating
158. Article made from recycled material
159. Photo Scrapbook
160. Lego, Kit
161. Lego, original design, must fit in 18”x18” space
162. Lego contest
• Ages 11 and younger: “Land vehicle”
• Ages 12-17: “Lighthouses”

Flowers

163. House plant
164. African Violet
165. Fresh flower arrangement using garden flowers
166. Fresh flower arrangement, other
167. Edible Plants, Best Collection
168. Best Collection of Flowers from your garden
169. Best Collection of Wild Flowers
170. Terrariums
171. Cactus
172. Dried Flower Arrangement
173. 3 Flowers – one variety from your garden
174. Corsage – Fresh Flower
175. Edible Plant – 1 variety
176. Fresh Flower Arrangement, theme “Fall Harvest”.
177. Teacup Arrangement

Vegetables & Fruit

178. Peppers, red (5)
179. Peppers, green (5)
180. Beans, green (10 pods)
181. Beans, yellow (10 pods)
182. Beets (5)
183. Broccoli
184. Carrots, long (5) Tails on, Tops Off
185. Carrots, short (5) Tails on, Tops Off
186. Cabbage (1 head)
187. Celery (1 plant)
188. Pickling Cucumbers (3)
189. Slicing Cucumbers (3)
190. Sweet Corn (3)
191. Ornamental Corn (3)
192. Eggplant (1)
193. Collection of Gourds
194. Muskmelon
195. Onions, yellow (5)
196. Onions, white (5)
197. Potatoes (5)
198. Parsley
199. Pumpkin (1)
200. Largest Pumpkin (1) – must be on a tarp for lifting and moving.
202. New England Pie Pumpkin (1)
203. Spinach (1/2 lb.)
204. Swiss Chard (not over 24” long)
205. Squash, Butternut (1)
206. Squash, Acorn (1)
207. Squash, Summer, yellow (1)
208. Squash, Summer Italian, Green (1)
209. Squash, Hubbard (1)
210. Squash, spaghetti (1)
211. Sunflower (1)
212. Turnips (5)
213. Tomatoes (5)
214. Tomatoes, Cherry (5)
215. Tomatoes, Plum (5)
216. Walnuts or Hickory Nuts (1 qt.)
217. Watermelon (1)
218. Miscellaneous
219. Edible arrangement from your garden

Eggs

225. 1 Dozen Hen Eggs
226. 1 Dozen, Duck Eggs
227. Other