Department 12-16: Hay & Grain, Vegetables, Fruits & Nuts, Home Produced/Baked Goods, & Christmas Tree Exhibits

EventDay and Date
JudgingRefer to specific class in entry form for date and time of judging.
Deadline for all entriesAugust 1
Drop OffRefere to specific class in entry form for drop off dates and times.
Pick-UpSunday, Aug. 25 from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm for all departments. Please bring your claim ticket.
ContactNamePhoneEmail
SuperintendentKim Johnson570-222-4952[email protected]

Department Rules

Exhibitors must adhere to the General Rules for the Harford Fair listed here.

Please see entry form below for a complete listing of rules and classes.

Department 12: Hay & Grains

Drop off for Dept. 12 All Sections: Thursday, August 15th 10:00 AM-6:00 PM; Friday August 16th 10:00 AM-4:00 PM & Saturday, August 17th 8:00 AM-12 Noon

Judging will be Saturday, August 17 at 2:00pm.

Section 1 - Grain and Seed Crops

  1. Field Corn - 10 ears, dried.
  2. Sweet Corn - 10 ears, dried.
  3. Ornamental or Indian Corn -10 ears, dried.
  4. Popcorn - 10 ears, dried.
  5. Field Corn - 6 stalks
  6. Silage Corn - 6 stalks
  7. Sunflower - Largest Head
  8. Sunflower - Tallest Stalk with Flower
  9. Oats
  10. Wheat
  11. Winter Barley
  12. Other Small Grain (by type) Grains shall be from last year and exhibited in glass jars.

Section 2 - Hay - Long Hay only (exhibit shall consist of a bale section 8-10” thick)

  1. Alfalfa or Alfalfa grass mixed – first cutting. Not over 50% grass.
  2. Alfalfa or Alfalfa grass mixed – later cuttings. Not over 50% grass.
  3. Other legumes or legume/grass mixtures. Not over 50% grass.
  4. Grass – first cutting. Not more than 10% legumes.
  5. Grass – second cutting. Not more than 10% legumes.
  6. Mixed Hay not classified above.
  7. Summer annual grasses. (Sudan Grass, Sorghum-Sudan, Hybrids, etc.)

Section 3 - Silage - Crop must be named. Exhibits shall consist of 10 lbs. displayed in clear Zip-lock bags.

  1. Perennial Crops – direct cut with or without preservatives.
  2. Perennial Crops – wilted or low moisture, with or without preservatives.
  3. Annuals other than corn – direct cut.
  4. Annuals other than corn – wilted or low moisture
  5. Corn Silage.

Section 6 - Scarecrow Contest

  1. All scarecrows should be made to stand alone. Scarecrows shall not be taller than 6’, nor shorter than 3’ and may not exceed 3’ in diameter. All scarecrows must have a plain or happy face. Use one or more natural materials listed in Dept. 12. Accessories are permitted.

Department 13: Vegetables

  1. To enter: go to www.harfordfair.com and click on the link and follow the directions to enter online or use general entry blank below.
  2. Drop off for Dept. 13 All Sections: Thursday, August 15th 10:00 AM-6:00 PM;
    Friday August 16th 10:00 AM-4:00 PM & Saturday, August 17th 8:00 AM-12 Noon.
  3. Judging will be on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 2:00 pm
  • Choose specimens for exhibit that would bring the highest market price. Do not select the largest, select medium size specimens. If at all possible, do not mix varieties. All vegetables must be grown by exhibitor.
  • The following criteria are generally used by an expert vegetable judge:
    a. Condition and maturity. Be sure that exhibits are of high quality.
    b. Trueness to variety type.
    c. Uniformity in shape, size, & color.
    d. Uniformity in maturity. Never mix specimens of different maturity.
    e. Perfect specimens with no blemishes. Protect specimens from dirt, disease, infection & mechanical damage.
  • Read the premium material, carefully follow all rules and regulations. If an entry calls for five specimens, be sure to exhibit
    that number. Improper entries will be subject to disqualification.
  • Provide your own containers.
  • Eggs will be displayed in Vegetable Hall, but will be entered as part of the Poultry Dept. 8. See Poultry Department 7 for rules. Egg entries can be dropped off at the Vegetable Hall on Saturday, August 17 from 8:00 am until 12:00noon, and will be judged Saturday afternoon.

Department 14: Fruit & Nuts

  1. To enter: go to www.harfordfair.com and click on the link and follow the directions to enter online or use general entry blank below.
  2. Drop off for Dept. 14 All Sections: Thursday, August 15th 10:00 AM-6:00 PM;
    Friday August 16th 10:00 AM-4:00 PM & Saturday, August 17th 8:00 AM-12 Noon.
  3. Judging will be on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 2:00 pm
  • In selecting fruit for exhibition, choose such specimens that would bring the highest market price. Do not select the largest. Select a medium size, as nearly alike as possible.
  • Premiums will be awarded only when the exhibit complies with the standard, is meritorious, and properly named.
  • The following score is to be used as a basis for the judging of all plate exhibits:
  1. Form (natural shape of variety)
  2. Size (medium for the variety)
  3. Color
  4. Uniformity
  5. Freedom from Blemish

Department 15: Section 1: Home Produced Goods

Section 1 – Baked Products

  1. Drop off for Section 1: Baked Products is Sunday, August 18, 2019 from 8:00 am until 12:00 noon.
  2. Limit of one (1) item in each class. All products must have been made by the exhibitor.
  3. Judging for Section 1: Baked Products will begin soon after all baked goods are on the grounds on Sunday, August 18, 2019.
  4. Pick up is Sunday, August 25th from 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Select pies and cakes will be sold at auction.
  5. Please see entry form below for additional classes and rules.

2019 Angel Food Cake Contest Rules

  1. Open to any individual who is a Pennsylvania resident.
  2. Entrants may NOT have won 1st Place in this Angel Food Cake contest at any other Fair in 2019.
  3. Entry must be an Angel Food cake made from “scratch”.
  4. Pennsylvania produced & packed eggs are requested to be used if at all possible. Please look for the PEQAP or PA Preferred logo or PA packaging dates on the carton.
  5. Refrigeration is NOT available at the Harford Fair or PA Farm Show. Entries that require refrigeration after baking must indicate so in the recipe.
    Those entries will not be sold, auctioned, or otherwise distributed for consumption after judging for food safety reasons.
  6. The entire cake entry must be submitted for judging on cardboard. (All pans, plates and dishes are considered to be disposable and will not be returned.)
  7. Recipe(s) listing the ingredients and the preparation instructions must be submitted with the entry. (Printed on one-side of 8 ½ x 11” size paper).
    Entrant’s name, address, & phone number must be printed on the back of all the pages. (All recipes and cakes will become the property of the Harford Fair or PA Farm Show and will not be returned.
  8. Judging will be based on the following criteria: a. Flavor (smell, taste, flavoring), b. Inside characteristics (texture & lightness), c. Overall Appearance (surface, size, & color),d. Creativity. e. Topping, Icing, or Decoration

Blue Ribbon Apple Pie Contest

  1. Open to any individual who is a Pennsylvania resident, one entry per person.
  2. Entrants may NOT have won 1st Place in this Blue Ribbon Apple Pie Contest at any other Fair in 2019.
  3. Entry to be a pie that must include at least 60% apples in the filling. It does not need to be a “traditional” two-crusted apple pie and it can have a variety of fillings.
  4. The entire pie must be submitted for judging in a disposable pie pan. (All pans, plates and dishes are considered to be disposable and will not be returned.)
  5. The recipe for the pie and the pie crust must be submitted with the entry, printed on one-side of 8 ½ x 11” size paper. Entrant’s name, address, & phone number must be printed on the back. The recipe must include all the ingredients, quantities and the preparation instructions. (All recipes and pies will become the property of the Harford Fair or PA Farm Show and will not be returned.)
  6. Refrigeration is NOT available at the Harford Fair or PA Farm Show. Entries that require refrigeration after baking must indicate so in the recipe. Those entries will not be sold, auctioned, or otherwise distributed for consumption after judging for food safety reasons.
  7. Judging will be based on the following criteria: flavor, Filling: consistency, doneness, moistness, & flavor, Crust: color, flavor, texture, & doneness, Overall Appearance, & Creativity.

Homemade Chocolate Cake Contest

  1. Participant must be an individual amateur baker who is a Pennsylvania resident. One entry per person.
  2. Entrants may NOT have won 1st Place in this Homemade Chocolate Cake contest at any other Fair in 2019.
  3. Entry must be a layered chocolate cake made from “scratch”. Pre-made mixes are NOT acceptable ingredients.
  4. Entry must be frosted and the frosting must be made from “scratch”. Pre-made mixes are NOT acceptable ingredients.
  5. Cake recipe must feature chocolate or cocoa as a main ingredient.
  6. The entire cake entry must be submitted for judging on cardboard or a disposable plate. (All pans, plates and dishes are considered to be disposable and will not be returned.)
  7. Recipes must be submitted with the entry, printed on one side of a 8 ½ x 11” paper. Recipe must list all ingredients, quantities, and the preparation instructions. Entrant’s name, address, & phone number must be printed on the back side of the paper. Product labels must be attached to the recipe.
    (All recipes and cakes will become the property of the Harford Fair or PA Farm Show and will not be returned.)
  8. Refrigeration is NOT available at the Harford Fair or PA Farm Show. Entries that require refrigeration after baking must indicate so in the recipe. Those entries will not be sold, auctioned, or otherwise distributed for consumption after judging for food safety reasons.
  9. Judging will be based on the following criteria: Flavor (aroma, taste, good balance of flavoring), Texture (moist & tender crumb; not soggy or dry), Inside Characteristics (even grain, evenly baked; free from air pockets), Outside Characteristics (consistent shape, size & surface; overall appeal), & Frosting (taste, texture, & even color).

PA Preferred Junior Baking Contest - Cookies, Brownies and Bars

The goal of the PA Preferred™ Junior Baking Contest is to encourage young people across the Commonwealth to participate in Pennsylvania's agricultural fairs by showcasing Pennsylvania grown and produced products in their contest entries.

  1. Participant must be an individual amateur baker (age 8 through and including 18 years old) who is a Pennsylvania resident. One entry per person.
  2. Entrants may not have won 1st place in the PA Preferred™ Junior Baking Contest at any other fair in 2019.
  3. Entry must be a plate of six (6) individual sized portions of the baked entry item.
  4. Entries must be made from scratch. Pre-made mixes are not acceptable ingredients.
  5. At least two (2) PA PreferredTM ingredients must be used in the recipe. Some examples of qualifying ingredients are PA PreferredTM grains such as oats or flour, butter, milk, eggs, fruits and/or vegetables.
  6. Entry must be submitted for judging on a food safe disposable setting. (All pans, plates and dishes are considered to be disposable and will not be returned.)
  7. Recipe(s) must be submitted with the entry, printed on one side of an 8½” x 11” paper. Recipe must list all ingredients, quantities, and the preparation instructions. The PA PreferredTM ingredients must be listed clearly in the ingredient list, specifying the ingredients, and the company that made/grew them (ex. PA PreferredTM Milk - Galiker's Brand). Entrant's name, age, address, and phone number must be printed on the back side of all the pages. (All recipes and cookies-brownies-bars will become the property of the Harford Fair or PA Farm Show and will not be returned.)
  8. A PA PreferredTM logo is not required because not all PA PreferredTM products carry the label. The name of the ingredient and the source is sufficient. For a list of acceptable products, visit papreferred.com. Additionally, PA PreferredTM staff will assist in locating PA PreferredTM ingredients, as needed.
  9. Refrigeration is not available at the fair or PA Farm Show. Entries that require refrigeration after baking must indicate so in the recipe. Those entries will not be sold, auctioned, or otherwise distributed for consumption after judging for food safety reasons.

Department 15: Section 2: Canned or Dried Products

 

  1. Drop off:  Thursday, August 15th 10:00 AM-6:00 PM; Friday August 16th 10:00 AM-4:00 PM & Saturday, August 17th 8:00 AM-12 Noon.
  2. Judging will be on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 2:00pm.
  3. Canned fruits and vegetables will be judged on quality, general appearance, and container.
  4. Containers shall be standard clear glass: one quart or one pint.
  5. Containers may be opened for judging.
  6. Do NOT use decorative accessories.

Department 15: Section 2: Butter, Jams, Jellies, Marmalades, Preserves, & Fruit Syrups

  1. One standard jelly glass with removable lid.
  2. Judged on appearance, consistency, taste & neatness of package.
  3. Do NOT use decorative accessories.
  4. May be opened for judging.
  5. Jams & Jellies must be sealed

Department 16: Christmas Trees

 

  1. Drop off:  Thursday, August 15th 10:00 AM-6:00 PM; Friday August 16th 10:00 AM-4:00 PM & Saturday, August 17th 8:00 AM-12 Noon.
  2. Judging will be on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 2:00pm.
  3. Trees to be exhibited shall be within the 6-8 foot height range, measuring from the bottom of the handle to the top of the tip.
  4. No trees may be exhibited that have been sprayed with or have artificial color or other chemicals added in any matter.
  5. No trees may be exhibited with limbs or foliage added that did not grow naturally in place.
  6. Trees may be naturally grown or sheared and shaped by exhibitors.
  7. No holders should accompany trees. All trees will be supported in like manner.
  8. Please give species of tree when entering.