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Entry Fees, Other Costs, and General Information

Please see Catalog for full rules and regulations.

General Exhibits & Cooking Contests
DESCRIPTION AGE REQUIREMENTS FEE LIMITS ON ENTRIES NOTES
A Nursery & Landscaping Class offered for 6yrs through adults $0 See catalog for additional instructions.
B Honey & Honey Products Class offered for 6yrs through adults $0 See catalog for additional instructions.
CA Horticultural Products In all Horticultural Products classes, Youth 19 yrs & younger should show in Youth Dept (IA). $0 See catalog for additional instructions. In all Horticulture classes, Youth 19 yrs & younger should show in Youth Dept (IA).
Oddities of the Garden Open to All Ages See catalog for additional instructions. On a 3"x5" card, give your entry a name and/or title.
Largest Vegetable or Fruit Open to All Ages 1 Item per class (largest)This is for large produce, not Giants. See catalog for additional instructions.
Commercial Apples/Single Tray Open to Apple Growers Single trays common to variety. See catalog for additional instructions.
Commercial Apples/Three Tray Open to Apple Growers One tray each of 3 different varieties. See catalog for additional instructions.
Giants of the Garden Competition Open to All Ages Items needing to be loaded by forklift must be picked up before 5:00pm on Monday, Sept 21st. See catalog for additional instructions.
Decorating Contest/Pumpkins & Gourds Youth 6 - 8 yrs 1 Pumpkin OR Gourd Do not puncture vegetable!
Decorating Contest/Pumpkins & Gourds Youth 9 - 11 yrs 1 Pumpkin OR Gourd Do not puncture vegetable!
Decorating Contest/Pumpkins & Gourds Youth 12 - 14 yrs 1 Pumpkin OR Gourd Do not puncture vegetable!
Decorating Contest/Pumpkins & Gourds Youth 15 - 19 yrs 1 Pumpkin OR Gourd Do not puncture vegetable!
Decorating Contest/Pumpkins & Gourds Adults 20 yrs & Older 1 Pumpkin OR Gourd Do not puncture vegetable!
CB Agronomic Products In all Agronomic Products classes, Youth 19 yrs & younger should show in Youth Dept (IB). $0 1 Entry per Exhibitor per Class.See catalog for additional instructions. In all Agronomic classes, Youth 19 yrs & younger should show in Youth Dept (IB).
DA Art In all Art classes, Youth 19 yrs & younger should show in Youth Dept (IC). $0 See catalog for additional instructions. Exhibitor must choose between Amateur & Professional. One CANNOT enter both.
DB School Art Show $0 See catalog for additional instructions. Schools having grades K-8 must divide artwork according to grades: K-5 (Elementary) & 6-8 (Middle School).
Elementary School & Home Schooling K-4 and K-5 1 entry in this class See catalog for additional instructions.
Middle School & Home Schooling Grades 5-6, 7-8, & 6-8 1 entry in this class See catalog for additional instructions.
DC Photography In all Photography classes, Youth 19 yrs & younger should show in Youth Dept (ID). $0 Limit of 2 entries per class with a total of 5 entries. See catalog for additional instructions. Exhibitor must choose between Amateur & Professional. One CANNOT enter both.
EA Baked Foods In all Baked Foods classes, Youth 19 yrs & younger should show in Youth Dept (IE). $0 See catalog for additional instructions. All entries to be made from scratch. Entry WILL NOT be judged if there is no recipe attached.
EB Preserved Foods In all Preserved Foods classes, Youth 19 yrs & younger should show in Youth Dept (IF). $0 All products must be processed according to recognized safe methods. See catalog for additional instructions.
F Crafts In all Craft classes, Youth 19 yrs & younger should show in Youth Dept (IG). $0 Regardless of their age, crafters who enter this Department as "Professional" MAY NOT enter in Department HD, Senior Citizen Crafts. Exhibitor must choose between Amateur & Professional. One CANNOT enter both. See catalog for additional instructions.
FA Senior Citizen Crafts There are 3 age categories; one MUST NOT enter more than 1 category. $0 See catalog for additional instructions. This Department is intended for Amateur crafters ONLY. Professional crafters are to enter in Department H.
Senior Citizen Crafts 62 - 70 yrs Amateur Crafters ONLY. See catalog for additional instructions.
Senior Citizen Crafts 71 - 80 yrs Amateur Crafters ONLY. See catalog for additional instructions.
Senior Citizen Crafts Over 80 Amateur Crafters ONLY. See catalog for additional instructions.
FB Woodcarving In all Wood Carving classes, Youth 19 yrs & younger should show in Youth Dept (IL). $0 3 Entries per class per exhibitor. See catalog for additional instructions. Exhibitor must choose between Amateur & Professional. One CANNOT enter both.
FC Wood Turning In all Wood Turning classes, Youth 19 yrs & younger should show in Youth Dept (IL). $0 See catalog for additional instructions. Exhibitor must choose between Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced. One CANNOT enter more than one category.
FD Jewelry In all Jewelry classes, Youth 19 yrs & younger should show in Youth Dept (IK). $0 See catalog for additional instructions. Exhibitor must choose between Amateur & Professional. One CANNOT enter both.
FE Clothing In all Clothing classes, Youth 19 yrs & younger should show in Youth Dept (IH). $0 3 Entries per Exhibitor per Class See catalog for additional instructions. Entries to be on hangers & covered with a CLEAR plastic bag. Exhibitor must choose between Amateur & Professional. One CANNOT enter both.
FF Quilting In all Quilt classes, Youth 19 yrs & younger should show in Youth Dept (II). $0 See catalog for additional instructions. A 4" sleeve is required on quilts wider than 60 inches.
FG Hand Weaving & Spinning In all Hand Weaving & Spinning classes, Youth 19 yrs & younger should show in Youth Dept (IJ). $0 See catalog for additional instructions. Exhibitor must choose between Amateur & Professional. One CANNOT enter both.
FH Shoe Box Parade Float Ages 6 - Adult $0 Float MUST be a shoe box. Otherwise, entry will be displayed but will not be judged. See catalog for additional instructions.
G Career-Technical Education Booth $0 No school may enter more than 1 booth in each class. See catalog for additional instructions. Tax ID number must be provided for premium payout.
H Community Club Booth Not for school entries. For WNC communities and organizations. $0 See catalog for additional instructions. Tax ID number must be provided for premium payout.
Community Club Booth, Civic Club Lions Club, Shriners, Elk, Rotary & Other civic groups. See catalog for additional instructions.
Community Club Booth, Youth Groups Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H Groups, etc. Booth is to be completed by youth, with some adult assistance. See catalog for additional instructions.
Community Club Booth, Other Non-profit Organizations & Churches See catalog for additional instructions.
I Youth There are 4 age categories; one MUST NOT enter more than 1 category. $0 See catalog for additional instructions. Competition limited to Youth, Ages 6 to 19 yrs.
IA Youth -Horticultural Products Ages 6 - 8 yrs, Ages 9 - 11, Ages 12 - 14, Ages 15 - 19 See catalog for additional instructions.
Youth -Fruit, Vegetable & Gourd Arrangements Ages 6 - 8 yrs, Ages 9 - 11, Ages 12 - 14, Ages 15 - 19 Size limit 24"x24"x24" & under 40 lbs.
IB Youth - Agronomic Products Ages 6 - 8 yrs, Ages 9 - 11, Ages 12 - 14, Ages 15 - 19 1 Entry per Exhibitor per Class See catalog for additional instructions.
IC Youth -Art Ages 6 - 8 yrs, Ages 9 - 11, Ages 12 - 14, Ages 15 - 19 See catalog for additional instructions.
ID Youth - Photography Ages 6 - 8 yrs, Ages 9 - 11, Ages 12 - 14, Ages 15 - 19 Limit 2 per class, total of 5 pcs per exhibitor. See catalog for additional instructions.
IE Youth - Baked Foods Ages 6 - 8 yrs, Ages 9 - 11, Ages 12 - 14, Ages 15 - 19 All entries to be made from scratch. Entry WILL NOT be judged if there is no recipe attached. See catalog for additional instructions.
IF Youth -Preserved Foods Ages 6 - 8 yrs, Ages 9 - 11, Ages 12 - 14, Ages 15 - 19 All products must be processed according to recognized safe methods. (See Catalog.) See catalog for additional instructions.
IG Youth - Crafts
Youth - Crafts, General Ages 6 - 8 yrs, Ages 9 - 11, Ages 12 - 14, Ages 15 - 19 See catalog for additional instructions.
Youth - Crafts, 3D Ages 6 - 8 yrs, Ages 9 - 11, Ages 12 - 14, Ages 15 - 19 See catalog for additional instructions.
Youth - Stuffed Articles, Hand or Machine Ages 6 - 8 yrs, Ages 9 - 11, Ages 12 - 14, Ages 15 - 19 See catalog for additional instructions.
Youth - Needle / Hand Crafts Ages 6 - 8 yrs, Ages 9 - 11, Ages 12 - 14, Ages 15 - 19 See catalog for additional instructions.
Youth - Sewn Items, Hand or Machine Ages 6 - 8 yrs, Ages 9 - 11, Ages 12 - 14, Ages 15 - 19 See catalog for additional instructions.
Youth - Knitted & Crocheted Items, Machine or Hand Ages 6 - 8 yrs, Ages 9 - 11, Ages 12 - 14, Ages 15 - 19 See catalog for additional instructions.
Youth - Quilted, Machine or Hand Ages 6 - 8 yrs, Ages 9 - 11, Ages 12 - 14, Ages 15 - 19 See catalog for additional instructions.
Youth - Basketry Ages 6 - 8 yrs, Ages 9 - 11, Ages 12 - 14, Ages 15 - 19 See catalog for additional instructions.
Youth - Tin Punch Ages 6 - 8 yrs, Ages 9 - 11, Ages 12 - 14, Ages 15 - 19 See catalog for additional instructions.
IH Youth - Clothing
Youth - Sewn Items, Hand or Machine Ages 6 - 8 yrs, Ages 9 - 11, Ages 12 - 14, Ages 15 - 19 3 Entries per Exhibitor per Class See catalog for additional instructions.
Youth - Knitted & Crocheted Items, Machine or Hand Ages 6 - 8 yrs, Ages 9 - 11, Ages 12 - 14, Ages 15 - 19 3 Entries per Exhibitor per Class See catalog for additional instructions.
Youth - Quilted, Machine or Hand Ages 6 - 8 yrs, Ages 9 - 11, Ages 12 - 14, Ages 15 - 19 3 Entries per Exhibitor per Class See catalog for additional instructions.
II Youth Quilted Items - Quilted, Machine or Hand Ages 6 - 8 yrs, Ages 9 - 11, Ages 12 - 14, Ages 15 - 19 A 4" sleeve is required on quilts wider than 60 inches. See catalog for additional instructions.
IJ Youth - Spinning, Weaving & Felting Ages 6 - 8 yrs, Ages 9 - 11, Ages 12 - 14, Ages 15 - 19 See catalog for additional instructions.
IK Youth - Jewelry Ages 6 - 8 yrs, Ages 9 - 11, Ages 12 - 14, Ages 15 - 19 See catalog for additional instructions.
IL Youth - Wood Crafts Ages 6 - 8 yrs, Ages 9 - 11, Ages 12 - 14, Ages 15 - 19 See catalog for additional instructions.
IM Youth - Building Blocks Ages 6 - 8 yrs, Ages 9 - 11, Ages 12 - 14, Ages 15 - 19 4 exhibits per exhibitor, only 1 per class See catalog for additional instructions.
IN Youth - Recycling Ages 6 - 8 yrs, Ages 9 - 11, Ages 12 - 14, Ages 15 - 19 See catalog for additional instructions.
IP Youth - Flower & Garden Ages 6 - 8 yrs, Ages 9 - 11, Ages 12 - 14, Ages 15 - 19 2 entries per class See catalog for additional instructions.
J Very Special Arts Ages 6 - 12, Ages 13-18, Ages 19 & Older $0 See catalog for additional instructions. Competition is limited to NC residents with special disabilities.
K Participation Ages 5 and Under $0 1 entry per class per exhibitor. See catalog for additional instructions.
L Cooking Contests $0 Cooking Contest Exhibitors ONLY will be admitted free with their dish on the day of their contest. Must enter through Gate 5.
NC Tomato Growers Association Contest No age specification Contestants may enter more than 1 recipe, but only 1 recipe may win. See catalog for complete instructions for entering.
NC Aquaculture Association Contest No age specification Contestants may enter more than 1 recipe, but only 1 recipe may win. See catalog for complete instructions for entering.
NC Cattlemen's Beef Council Contest No age specification Contestants may enter more than 1 recipe, but only 1 recipe may win. See catalog for complete instructions for entering.
NC Pork Council Contest No age specification Contestants may enter more than 1 recipe, but only 1 recipe may win. See catalog for complete instructions for entering.
NC Egg Association Contest All ages - Amateurs only! Contestants may enter more than 1 recipe, but only 1 recipe may win. See catalog for complete instructions for entering.
NC Blueberry Council Contest No age specification Contestants may enter more than 1 recipe, but only 1 recipe may win. See catalog for complete instructions for entering.
NC Dairy Producers Association Contest No age specification Contestants may enter more than 1 recipe, but only 1 recipe may win. See catalog for complete instructions for entering.
NC Apple Growers Association Contest 18 years or older Contestants may enter more than 1 recipe, but only 1 recipe may win. See catalog for complete instructions for entering.
NC Sweet Potato Commission Contest No age specification Contestants may enter more than 1 recipe, but only 1 recipe may win. See catalog for complete instructions for entering.
Livestock
DESCRIPTION AGE REQUIREMENTS FEE** LIMITS ON ANIMALS NOTES
MARKET SWINE SHOWS
NA Jr Mkt Swine Showmanship 8 & Under thru 20 yrs $0 N/A
NB Jr Market Swine Show Through Age 21 $0 2 Animals
NC Jr Breeding Gilt Swine Show Through Age 21 $0 2 Animals
MEAT GOAT SHOWS
OA Open Meat Goat Show N/A $5/head/class N/A
OB Jr Meat Goat Showmanship 8 & Under thru 20 yrs $0 N/A
OC Jr Market Meat Goat Show Under 21 yrs $0 N/A
OD Jr Commercial Doe Meat Goat Show Under 21 yrs $0 N/A
BEEF CATTLE SHOWS
PA Open Feeder Calf Pen Show N/A $7/pen pen of 3
PB Open Brahman Show N/A $6/head/class 2 per class
PC Open All Breed Heifer Show N/A $6/head/class 2 per class
DAIRY CATTLE SHOWS
RA Open Dairy Cattle Show N/A $6/head/class N/A
RB Open Junior Dairy Cattle Show 6 & Under 19 yrs as of 1/1/2020 $0 3 animals
RC *WNC Dist Jr Dairy Cattle Showmanship 6 & Under thru 18 yrs $0 N/A
RD *WNC Dist Jr Dairy Cattle Show Under 19 yrs born after 12/31/2000 $0 3 animals + 1 for clipping
MEAT BREED SHEEP SHOWS
SA Open Meat Breed Sheep Show N/A $5/head/class 2/class
SB Jr Meat Breed Sheep Showmanship 8 & Under thru 20 yrs $0 N/A
SC Jr Meat Breed Sheep Show Under 21 yrs $0 2 lambs & 2 yearlings per breed
SD Jr Market Lamb Show Under 21 yrs $0 2 lambs
WOOL BREED SHEEP SHOWS
TA Open Wool Breed Sheep Show N/A $5/head/class 2/class
TB Jr Wool Breed Sheep Showmanship 9 & Under thru 18 yrs $0 N/A
TC Jr Wool Breed Sheep Show Under 19 yrs $0 2/class
TD Fleece Show N/A $5/fleece/class N/A
JUNIOR BEEF CATTLE SHOWS
UA *WNC Dist Jr Beef Cattle Showmanship 8 & Under thru 18 yrs $0 N/A
UB *WNC Dist Jr Feeder Steer Show 21 yrs & Under $0 2 entries
UC *WNC Dist Jr Market Steer Show 21 yrs & Under $0 2 entries
UD *WNC Dist Jr Beef Heifer Show 21 yrs & Under $0 N/A
UE Open Junior Beef Steer Show Under 21 yrs $0 2 entries
UF Open Junior Beef Heifer Show Under 21 yrs $0 3/breed
DAIRY GOAT SHOWS
VA Dairy Goat Showmanship 8 & Under thru 18 & Older $0 N/A
VB Open Junior Doe Show N/A $5/head/class N/A
VC Open Senior Doe Show N/A $5/head/class N/A
VD Youth Junior Doe Show Under 21 yrs $0 N/A
VE Youth Senior Doe Show Under 21 yrs $0 N/A
VERY SPECIAL LIVESTOCK SHOW
W VERY SPECIAL LIVESTOCK SHOW N/A $0 1/class Exhibitor must be identified as disabled according to PL 94-142 or 504
YOUTH POULTRY SHOWS
XA/XB Youth Standard & Bantam Poultry Shows 6 yrs - 18 yrs $0 5/breed/color Age 5 & Under can exhibit as non-competitive
XC- XE Youth Duck, Geese & Guinea Shows 6 yrs - 18 yrs $0 N/A Age 5 & Under can exhibit as non-competitive
XF Youth Poultry Showmanship 8 & under - 18 yrs $0 N/A
XG Youth Market Broiler Show Under 19 yrs $15 Participation Fee Pen of 3 Exhibitor is issued up to 5 birds; all birds must be returned for the show.
RABBIT SHOWS
Y Open Rabbit Show - A Over 18 $3/head/class N/A
Y Open Rabbit Show - B N/A $3/head/class N/A
Y Youth Rabbit Show 18 yrs & Under $0 N/A
Y Fur & Wool Class N/A $1/entry N/A
DISPLAY LIVESTOCK
Z DISPLAY LIVESTOCK N/A $0 N/A Animals must be in place & exhibits must be manned for ALL 10 DAYS.
*District shows available only to youth in the counties west of and including Cleveland, Burke, Caldwell, & Watauga.
RV HOOK-UPS (Water, Electricity & Sewer) $30/Night RV Units staying the full 10 days will be given priority over units staying less than 10 days.
WRISTBANDS FOR LIVESTOCK SHOWS
Each adult livestock exhibitor will be issued one (1) Admission Wristband and one (1) Gate/Parking
Pass good for the duration of their species/breed show. Each youth livestock exhibitor will be
issued two (2) Admission Wristbands and one (1) Gate/Parking Pass good for the duration of their
species/breed show.
Additional wristbands may be purchased at a cost of $10 each for the duration of a species/breed
show. These must be purchased on the exhibitor's entry form at the time the entry is submitted.
The wristbands WILL NOT be sold at the fair ticket booths or available after the entry deadline is
passed. All wristbands will be placed in exhibitor packets to be picked up at the gate when the
animals are checked in.
Music and Dance
DESCRIPTION AGE REQUIREMENTS FEE LIMITS ON ENTRIES NOTES
AA Gospel Singing $0
BB CLOGGING CHAMPIONSHIP
Entries must be accompanied with the appropriate fees, determined as follows by the date they are
received by the NC Mountain State Fair. No entries will be accepted with incorrect payment. No
entries will be accepted after the final deadline.
8/7/2020 8/21/2020
Team $10/dance/dancer $12/dance/dancer
Duo/Duet $20/Couple $25/Couple
Choreographed Solo $30/dance $35/dance
Short Duo/Duet $20/dance $25/dance
Solo $10/dance $12/dance
No Team or Duo/Duet entries will be accepted after August 21th. Only solo entries will be accepted
at the door!
CC NC Mountain State Fair Pageant Birth - 19 yrs $50 Entry Fee
$25 Talent
$25 OverAll Most Beautiful
$15 Photogenic
$5 Extra Photo
$5 Events: Best Smile, Prettiest, Best Personality, Most Beautiful/Handsome
DD Ice Cream Eating Contest $0
5 - 7 yrs First 20 People to Sign Up (Parents must be preset at sign-up & at the competition) First person to eat 1 cup is the winner.
8 - 12 yrs First 20 People to Sign Up (Parents must be preset at sign-up & at the competition) First person to eat 2 cups is the winner.
13 - 17 yrs First 20 People to Sign Up First person to eat 3 cups is the winner.
Adults 18 & Over First 25 People to Sign Up First person to eat 1 pint is the winner.
Celebrities This group of people are preselected First person to eat 1 pint is the winner.
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