2023 Montgomery County Agricultural Fair

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Montgomery County Agricultural Fair – Entry Guidelines

Friday August 25, 2023 4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Located at:

The Agricultural Center
200 Glenn Road
Troy, NC

Entry Deadline:
Thursday, August 24, 2023
8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.


  • Open to All Ages
  • Photograph must be taken by exhibitor within the last 12 months
  • Photo size 5×7 image in 8×10 frame or 8×10 image in 11×14 frame (Oriented Portrait or Landscape)
  • Photograph must be Mounted and Framed
  • Photograph must include caption
  • Categories
    • Black & White Landscape
    • Black & White Still
    • Black & White Action
    • Color Landscape
    • Color Still
    • Color Action


  • Open to All Ages
  • Must have been created within the last 12 months
  • Must be mounted on Black Background (Unless 3D)
  • Artwork Must Include Caption/Description
  • Categories
    • Drawings
    • Paintings
    • Mixed Media
    • Open (For all other art forms)

Creative Writing

  • Open to All Ages
  • Must have been written within the last 12 months
  • Must be typed in Times New Roman Size 12 font
  • Must have title underlined at the top
  • Categories
    • Short Story
    • Essay
    • Poem

Heritage Crafts

  • Open to All Ages
  • Must have been made in the last 12 months
  • Must include index card with Title/Caption
  • Categories
    • Pottery
    • Blown Glass
    • Metal Working
    • Wood Working
    • Leather Working
    • Sewing/Quilting/Needlework
    • Open (For crafts that do not fit the above)

Fresh Fruits & Vegetables

  •  Open to All Ages
  • Best in Show Categories
    • Green Beans
    • Peas (All Types)
    • Okra
    • Yellow Squash
    • Zucchini Squash
    • Pickling Cucumber
    • Slicer Cucumber
    • Bell Pepper
    • Hot Pepper o Tomato (All Types)
    • Onion
    • Irish Potato
    • Sweet Potato
    • Grapes (All Types)
    • Peaches
    • Apples
    • Watermelon
    • Most Unusual
  • Biggest Categories
    • Watermelon
    • Tomato
    • Squash/Gourd
  • $20 Winner’s Premiums!!

Canned Fruits & Vegetables

  • Open to All Ages
  • Must be in standard quart, pint, or half pint canning jars, including ring with two piece lid jars.
  • Must be processed according to the recognized safe methods found in the current editions of the USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning or the Ball Blue Book.
  • All jars must be labeled with content, processing method, processing time, & processing date.
  • Categories
    • Jams & Jellies
    • Pickles
    • Canned Vegetables
    • Canned Fruits

Sample Label

Contents: Dill Pickles
Processing Method: Boiling Water Bath
Processing Time: 15 Minutes
Date: 7/1/2023


  • Open to All Ages
  • Must be in standard quart, pint, or half pint canning jars, including ring with two piece lid jars.
  • All jars must be labeled with contents, town & zip code where packaged, & Net contents in both ounces/pounds and grams
  • Judged on density, absence of granulation or crystallization, cleanliness, flavor, color, & container appearance
  • Categories
    • Pure Honey
    • Comb in Honey

Sample Label

Contents: Honey
Troy, NC 27371
16 fluid oz, 453.59237g

Flowers & Plants

  • Open to All Ages
  • Fresh Cut Must be in Vase
  • Vases or Pots Must be Labeled with Flower Variety
  • Categories
    • Best Cut Flower Arrangement
    • Largest Bloom (Cut or Potted)
    • Best Planter Arrangement
    • Best Scarecrow

4-H Chicken Show

  • Open to Youth 5-18 (Separate Registration Form!)
  • Show will take place on Friday, August 25 as part of the Agricultural Fair
  • Check-in: 4:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
  • Show Starts at 5:30 p.m.
  • Categories
    • Showmanship by Age Division
      • Cloverbud (5-8)
      • Junior (9-13)
      • Senior (14-18)
    • Breed Classes
      • Silver Laced Wyandotte
      • Black Sex-Link
      • Open (Any Breed!)
      • Grand Champion Drive
  • Premiums
    • All Cloverbuds will recieve a Medal
    • 1st-5th Ribbons for each class
    • 1st-$25, 2nd-$20, 3rd-$15, 4th-$10, 5th-$5
    • Grand Champion Belt Buckle & $50
  • Register by 5:00 p.m. on July 24th online at: Montgomery County Chicken Show

Rules & Guidelines

  • Must be a Montgomery County Resident
    Open to ALL Ages
  • Must follow category specifications as stated above or risk disqualification.
  • Entries must be submitted between 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 24, 2023 at the Agricultural Center (200 Glenn Road, Troy)
  • Entries will be judged by community sourced judges on Friday, August 25th and items must remain on Display until Noon on Saturday, August 26th.
  • Pickup of items will be from Noon–5:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 26th.
  • Items not collected by 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 26th will be disposed of.

Awards & Prizes

Each Category will have a 1st-3rd place ribbon awarded by age division

All Cloverbuds will receive a Participation Ribbon

Age Divisions

Cloverbuds (Ages 5-8) Junior (Ages 9-13)
Senior (Ages 14-18)
Adult (19+)

All YOUTH participants will receive 4-H Scholarship Dollars, 1st-$20, 2nd-$15, 3rd-$10 to be used for future 4-H Activities or Camp!

A $20 Premium will be awarded to “Biggest Categories” winners for Watermelon, Tomato, & Squash/Gourd