Put your fruits and veggies to the test at the 2012 Puyallup Fair, Sept. 7-23. The Puyallup Fair’s Agriculture and Horticulture Department is accepting fruit, vegetable, pumpkin and vegetable critter submissions online until Monday, September 3 at 10 p.m.
As a longstanding tradition, the Fair invites produce growers in Washington to enter their fruits and vegetables. All produce must be submitted to the Agriculture Department in the Americraft ShowPlex on Tuesday Sept. 4 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. or Wednesday, Sept. 5 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. A cash prize will be awarded to first and second place winners in each division.
The giant pumpkin weigh-off is scheduled to hit the scales Friday, Sept. 7 at 5:30 p.m. in the Large Show Arena. The first place winners of both the adult and junior divisions will receive $1 per pound, adult and junior second place winners will receive $500 and $300 respectively. Third place will receive $400 in the adult division, and $200 in the junior division.
Another Fair favorite is the pumpkin carving and vegetable critter contest scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. This contest includes two divisions: youth (5-15 years of age) and adults. To participate, bring an entry to the Gold Gate between 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 15. Your entry will act as your admittance to the Fair. Awards will be given to the winners.
To obtain the list of conditions for entry and awards and to register online, visit www.thefair.com, and select Exhibit entries. To review contest rules in the premium book, click on the desired contest. Or, to enter, click Online Entry Registration. Then click Login/Logoff and choose your Type (Exhibitor), to Create Entries. You will select the department and division. For further questions, contact the Puyallup Fair Entry Office at (253) 841-5074, M-F, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. or CompExhibits@thefair.com.
The Puyallup Fair started in 1900, is one of the biggest fairs in the world, and is considered to be the state fair in Washington. Star-studded entertainment, the PRCA Rodeo, rides, exhibits, food, flowers and animals are mainstays of the 17-day event in September. For more info about the Sept. 7-23, 2012 Puyallup Fair, visit www.thefair.com, or text “FAIR” to 75868.
Editor's Note: Information provided by the Puyallup Fair.