This year Deerfield Valley Farmers’ Day celebrates its 100th year on August 10 through August 13 in Wilmington. Everyone has their favorite part of the Fair and mine is the exhibit halls. I love seeing the wonderful veggies, flowers, jams, and other preserves, King Arthur baking contest entries and photography in Floral Hall. The needlework, fine arts, and crafts show that artistry is alive and well in the valley. The kids of the valley are always creative with all their entries in Haynes Hall.
Many who have come to the fair in the last few years may have noticed that, although the quality is still outstanding, the quantity of entries has dropped. We do not have the number of farms that we used to but so many people have gorgeous veggie or flower gardens. Agriculture is certainly still alive and well. I know many who paint or knit or sew or do woodworking. Time is valuable but why not set aside an hour or so and enter even five things into the fair? If 50 people did that we would have 250 more wonderful entries to look at! What better way to celebrate this important valley tradition and our agricultural heritage?
And, do you know that besides ribbons you get small cash premiums (that can really add up if you enter multiple items)? So many families say that the fair is expensive. Well, why not help your children get some entries into the fair and have them pay for something at the fair? That will be a great learning experience for them as well as giving them a source of pride in their work. I know more than one gardener who used their prize money to buy seeds for next year’s garden.
If you are interested in entering you will need to get a booklet at your town clerk’s office or online at dvfair.com. You must send in your entry or drop it off at People’s Bank by Friday, August 4. The exception to this is the photography contest where you just have to bring in your photos at the appointed times.
So, please consider getting into the fair by entering even a few exhibits! It’s great fun, your exhibits will impress your neighbors and, who knows, you may even win a blue ribbon or two. Let’s fill those exhibit halls again.
If anyone has any questions about exhibiting I’d be glad to help. I’m in the phone book - just give me a call.
I hope to see you at the fair!