Several activities are planned for the Arts and Crafts Fairs, including two cooking contests: “Your Favorite Pumpkin or Squash Recipe” is the Sept. 24 contest, and “Your Favorite Soup, Chowder or Chili Recipe” is the October contest. “This is a fun chance to win a first, second or third place award, either from the judges’ award or the People’s Choice awards,” said coordinator Donna Jordan. “Last year, the October soup and chowder contest was pretty popular, and so this year we decided to include a cooking contest at all three of the fairs.” The first fair was held in July with a summer berry dessert contest that included many entries.
Jordan said that fair-goers can consider having lunch at the fair, with hot dogs and beans from the concessions, and include the pumpkin/squash in September or soup, chowder or chili in October. The cooking contests feature the best that local cooks have to offer on a cool fall day. A single serving of each entry is sold at the concessions for $3 each, or purchase three items for $5. Each purchase will include a ticket for voting in the People’s Choice contest.
All vendors spots, indoors and on the patio, are now sold out, said Jordan, but there is plenty of space outdoors if anyone is interested in setting up on the grassy areas. “We start with the spots closest to the building for the outdoor vendor spaces, and then will move on to the bigger fields if we need to,” she said.
If you think you have the perfect recipe for pumpkin or squash for the September fair, or for soup, chowder or chili for the October fair, bring you’re your entry to the concession stand by 10 a.m. on Sept. 24 and Oct. 15 to be entered. Judges’ will determine awards at 11:30 a.m., and the People’s Choice voting will be counted at 1 p.m. (unless all entries sell out before that time. For the Judges’ Award, your entry will be judged by three judges for first, second or third place; you just might win a blue ribbon; first and second place winners also receive certificates of participation. Winners announced by noon. Sales of your contribution will begin as soon as they arrive. You do not have to be present to win, as long as your contact information is included with your entry.
For more on the Fall Arts and Crafts Fair, or the soup and chowder contest, please contact organizer Donna Jordan at 603- 246-8998.