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Come join the fun at this year’s Tooele County Fair, which runs Aug. 1-3. If you want to enter exhibits or participate in contests, start planning and making things now.
For ideas on what you can do to join the fun, check out the items below.
Home Arts Exhibits
The Monday before the fair opens, you can enter projects in the home arts section to show off your talents. Do you take great photographs? Bring them to fair! Do you bake a yummy cake? Enter that too!
There’s even a writing contest that includes short story and poem categories. Other categories include: crochet and knitting, arts and crafts, painting, canning, leather craft, woodworking, quilting and sewing, science and technology, and more!
Age categories include adults, seniors and youth. Exhibits are due Monday, June 28 from noon to 8 p.m. at Deseret Peak Complex Convention Center. To see how to enter, and for specific information on categories, go to www.tooelefair.com and click on home arts section.
Foods and Cooking Contests
Other opportunities to show off your skills include food related contests. Do you grill a mean hamburger? Sign up for the Create a Better Burger Contest, sponsored by USU Extension Food Sense program. The contest will be held Thursday, Aug. 1 at 7 p.m. on the lawn area west of Deseret Peak’s Convention Center by the Little Farmers Yard area.
Lean ground beef, whole grain bun, lettuce, tomato and onion will be provided. Bring anything else you may want to use. Propane grill provided. Age categories: Kids 12-17 and Adults 18. Must pre-register by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday, July 30 at 7 p.m.
No electricity churned ice cream contest
Join us on Friday, Aug. 2 at 1 p.m. on the lawn area west of Deseret Peak’s Convention Center by the Little Farmers Yard area. You can use a hand churner, ice cream ball, or tin can to “churn.”
Don’t know what an ice cream ball is? Look it up online! You can kick the ball or tin can to make your ice cream. There won’t be electricity, so don’t bring an electric ice cream maker. Bring your “churner” and all ingredients you will need. We will provide ice and rock salt. Due to food safety concerns, no raw eggs are allowed in recipes unless pasteurized eggs. Open to adults, kids and teams. Kids need to be 8 and older. Everyone will win a prize! Cash prizes for winners.
Special categories: Most unusual; Most nutritious, yet tasty; and Judges’ choice. You must pre-register by texting Darlene at 435-840-4404 by Thursday at 7 p.m. Sponsored by Utah State University Extension.
Pie or pie inspired dessert contest
Join USU Extension and Sherry’s Sweets for this fun contest. It will be held Saturday, Aug. 3 at 1 p.m. in Deseret Peak’s convention center foyer area. Bake a pie or pie inspired dessert. Or you could make cupcakes that look or taste like pie or perhaps cookies that taste like pie. Bring your recipe. Open to adults, kids and teams. Kids need to be 8 and older. Everyone will receive a prize and cash prizes for winners.
Special category prizes: Bake something cow or patriotic themed to match the fair theme Red, White and MOO. If bringing cookies, cupcakes or other small, pie-inspired items, please bring four of them. Only one pie is needed.
Plan to stay and present your entry to friendly judges who will taste your entry and ask you some questions (such as: why did you pick this recipe?). Desserts will be cut into bite-size pieces and shared with the audience. You must pre-register by texting to 435-840-4404 by Thursday at 6 p.m.
Do you have a really great pet? Bring it to the Open Pet Show at the Fair on Saturday, Aug. 3 at Deseret Peak’s pavilion building stage by the petting zoo. Show will start at 10 a.m. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. and please be on time.
There will be prizes too! Any sort of pet is welcome. We’ve had chickens, snakes, lizards, bunnies, goats and other creatures. Everyone in the county is welcome. Adults and kids are welcome with any type of pet. Just be sure your pet won’t get away! Bring it in a carrier, on a leash, etc. Plan to explain a little about your pet or show any tricks it may know.
Since this year’s theme is Red, White and Moo! there will be special prizes if you dress your pet as a cow or in red white and blue or a patriotic cow. Cash prizes and treats for the pets. Please pre-register by texting to 435-840-4404 by Friday, Aug. 2 by 7 p.m. Sponsored by USU Extension.
For more information about all of the fun things going on at this year’s fair, go to www.tooelefair.com. Hope to see you at the fair!
Darlene Christensen is an associate professor at the USU Extension – Tooele County office, which is located inside the Tooele County Health Department Building, 151 N. Main, Tooele. She can be reached at 435-840-4404, 435-277-2406 or at email@example.com.