The Emmet County Fair is sponsoring three new contests for 2019. The Barn Door Decorating contest is open to ages 12 and over. Junior division is ages 12 to 18 and senior division is ages 19 and up. Barn doors are available at the fairgrounds Tuesday evenings after 5 p.m. and the deadline to turn them in to the fair office for judging is Wednesday, July 24 at 3 p.m. Twenty barn doors are available and entries are open until the doors are claimed. The theme is “County Fair,” and decorations should be good, clean, wholesome in nature with no vulgar or suggestive decorations and no commercial, advertising or political statements.
The second contest is decorating a hay bale, open to anyone in Emmet County that would like to get a team together. The team can include anyone of any age from a family, 4-H club, FFA chapter, church group or others. Find an open hay bale on the fair grounds, decorate it and leave it in that spot. Hay bales will be available at the fairgrounds Saturday, July 20 and the deadline is again Wednesday, July 24 at 3 p.m. for judging.
Hay bales are available to six teams. Register at www.theemmetcountyfair.com. The same rules apply regarding wholesomeness of artistic theme and restriction against commercial or political material. Use latex paint, not oil based or toxic materials. Decoration should be wind and weather proof.
The third contest is a pie eating contest with two divisions. The senior division, for age 17 and up, will take place at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 27 and the junior division for ages six to 16 will take place at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, July 28, both at the Eagle Lake building. There is no entry fee. Registration is open to the first 10 participants in each division. Register at www.theemmetcountyfair.com. No hands can be used. The first person to finish his or her pie and stand up will be declared the winner. In the event of more than one winner, a tie will be declared. Children under 17 must have a parent or guardian present and a parent or guardian’s signature on the registration form.
The Emmet County Fair runs from Wednesday, July 24 through Sunday, July 28 at the Emmet County Fairgrounds. Gate, parking and entertainment are free.