The North Dakota State Fair invites people of all ages to participate in the Fair by entering in Open Class Competitions. Open Class Competitions have something for everyone with hundreds of competitive categories including canning, baked goods, quilting, clothing, flowers, painting, photography, vegetables and much more. The State Fair also proudly highlights several breeds including beef, sheep, goat, swine, rabbits, dairy and horse. In 2010, over 44,000 exhibits were on display with nearly $273,000 given away in prize money!
Janet Wing, Deployment Manager on the Minot Air Force Base and veteran baker, enters several exhibits every year. “When I first started entering, I wasn’t an expert by any means, people just commented that my food was good. Now, I enter just for the pride of it. Knowing you are competing against the whole state of North Dakota is exciting, and even if you didn’t win you know you tried your best. The atmosphere is positive and supportive; it just feels good.” After years of competing, Janet has won several prizes, including 2009 Best of Show in the Pie Division.
Entering your projects at the State Fair is easy. Access the online system to register and find exhibitor information. For additional information, or to request an exhibitor handbook, call the North Dakota State Fair office at 701-857-7620. The North Dakota State Fair will be held July 22-July 30, 2011.