Exhibits & Programs


Exhibit Hall Opens for Entries———9:00AM – 4:00 PM

**Please note: Exhibit entries will only be accepted on Saturday between 9AM – 4PM this year**


Exhibit Hall Closed for Judging

Policies Regarding Exhibits

Premium books available for pickup at Extension Office or Download all entry information and the list of Exhibit Premiums here:  2023_Premium Book

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  1. Exhibits MUST be entered Saturday September 30, 2023 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  2. All educational exhibits MUST be removed between 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 8, 2023.  Any exhibit not picked up by 2:00 p.m. will be left at the fairgrounds and becomes the sole responsibility of the exhibitor.    WE WOULD LIKE FOR ALL FAIR ATTENDEES TO ENJOY OUR EXHIBIT HALL. THEREFORE, YOU MAY NOT REMOVE ANY ENTRY FROM THE EXHIBIT HALL BEFORE SUNDAY OCTOBER 8, 2023.
  3. Fair officials observe the right to refuse the entry of any unworthy exhibit.
  4. Reasonable space will be allowed to all exhibitors up to the capacity of the exhibit space.  Fair officials reserve the right to refuse additional entries.
  5. Exhibits will be judged on Monday, October 2, 2023 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  6. Judges will be instructed to disqualify articles entered under the wrong class or of poor quality.  The decision of the judges will be final.
  7. Fair officials will withhold premiums in any case where it appears that fraud or deception has been attempted or where rules have not been observed.
  8. An exhibitor cannot make more than one entry in each class.
  9. All entries need to have been grown, prepared or made since the 2022 Lenoir County Fair.  (You may NOT enter items entered last year!)
  10. All exhibits must be delivered to the fairgrounds.  No charge for transportation or freight will be paid for by the Lenoir County Fair Association, Inc.
  11. The same articles or entry cannot compete for two or more premium awards.
  12. The management will not be responsible for loss, injury, theft or damage by fire, lightning, wind, etc to any article.
  13. Exhibits cannot be removed until the designated time unless approved by fair officials or premiums will be forfeited.
  14. Special rules have priority over general rules and will be stated under the department.
  15. All exhibits will be judged on a merit basis within each class and premiums will be awarded as shown in each department.
  16. All pictures that are entered must have wire hanging device.

Exhibit Categories

Division II – Field Crops
Department A – Corn
Department B – Small Grains
Department C – Tobacco
Department D – Other Field Crops

Division III – Horticultural Products
Department A – Vegetables
Department B – Fruits and Nuts
Department C – Plants and Flowers
Department D – Other Farm Products

Division IV – Family and Consumer
Department A – Food Conservation
Department B – Culinary
Department C – Clothing
Department D – Needlework
Department E – Quilted Items
Department F – Crafts
Department G – Art
Department H – Antiques

Division V – Youth
Department A – Food Conservation
Department B – Culinary
Department C – Clothing
Department D – Crafts
Department E – Arts
Department F – Plants and Flowers

Department C – Plants and Flowers
Director – Terry Hall

  1. All plants and flowers must be grown by the exhibitor and must be meritorious or premiums will be withheld.  Pot plant entries must have been grown by exhibitors for at least three months prior to the fair.
  2. Judging of entries will take place Monday, October 2, 2023 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  3. Containers for horticultural exhibits will be furnished by exhibitor (use tall soft drink or milk bottles – NO CANS PLEASE!)
  4. Exhibitors are encouraged to have horticultural specimens named correctly for entry.
  5. Nothing artificial will be permitted.  Dried or treated materials will be permitted where specified.
  6. Artificial polished plant material will be disqualified.
  7. A Master Gardener member will be responsible for maintaining the appearance of flowers during fair week.
  8. All exhibits must be picked up on Sunday, October 8, 2023.
  9. All potted plants must have a saucer underneath the pot.

Department B – Culinary

  1. Entries must be on sturdy, disposable plates or saucers in plastic zip-top bags.
  2. Accurate recipes should be included with all entries (except decorated cakes).  These should be taped to the bottom of the plate.
  3. Recipes may be published unless otherwise requested.

Score Card for Judging
Appearance: 25 points
Texture: 25 points
Crumb: 25 points
Flavor: 25 points
Total: 100 points

Director – Kelly Tyndall

  1. Use standard canning jars only, none smaller than ½ pint.
  2. Fruits and tomatoes should be processed in boiling water bath or pressure canner.  Low acid vegetables must be processed in steam pressure canner.
  3. Canning guidelines from current editions of the following sources are recommended: a.  Canning in North Carolina
    b.  Putting Food By
    c.  USDA’s Complete Guide to Home Cooking
    d.  Ball Blue Book
    e.  Kerr Home Canning
    f.   Other sources must be approved by the Directors
  4. All entries must be labeled as to CONTENT, PROCESSING METHOD AND PROCESSING TIME.  Label should be taped to back of jar at bottom.  Example:  Green Beans  Pressure Canner   25 Minutes
  5. Jellies, pickles and relishes may be opened for tasting.
  6. Do not use paraffin.
  8. “Any Other” categories are only for items not listed in preceding categories and not for duplications.

Department H – Antiques
Director – Terry Hall

  1. Entries must be 50 years old or older and must have been owned by the exhibitor for at least 6 months.
  2. Each item may be entered only once each five years.
  3. No antique coins may be entered.
  4. The Lenoir County Fair Association, Inc. is NOT responsible for loss, theft or damage.