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Palo Alto County Fair
Open Class: Photography

Superintendent
Clyde Johnson
(515) 320-0669
clydejohnson1977@gmail.com



  1. Entries are open to anyone whose exhibit represents a recreational hobby and is not used as a means of livelihood.  Entrant does not have to be a resident of Palo Alto County.
  2. Photographic print must have been taken by the contestant since the 2016 Palo Alto Country Fair.  Entries should be made in the name of the person who took the picture. 
  3. Entries are limited to 6 photos per exhibitor with only one photo being allowed in each lot.  Exhibitors will also be allowed to enter 1 photo per Challenge class, for a total of 8 photos.
  4. Please label your photo with your name and address on the back of each photo.
  5. No names or dates (computer or hand written) should appear on the front of the photo.
  6. The photo itself must be at least 5x7 inches.  Photos may be cropped to improve the composition, but must still be at least 5x7 inches.  Maximum size including the mat cannot exceed 12x16 inches.  All photos must be mounted or matted for stability.  Framed photos are not allowed.  Any photo not following these size requirements will be disqualified.  ** Please note special rules and sizes on the Challenge Classes.
  7. Photo may be processed commercially or printed at home by computer printers.  However, any imperfections of home prints such as banding or color problems will seriously degrade quality.  Entrant is responsible for size, cropping, color balance, contrast, texture, and design of mounting/matting.
  8. There is no fee to enter.
  9. Entry forms can be downloaded at paloaltocountyfair.com or are available at the Palo Alto County Extension Office.  The superintendent and volunteers are available to help with any questions at time of entry.  Having your entry form started is greatly appreciated.
  10. Entry Times:  Monday, July 16th 6:00pm - 8:00pm and Tuesday, July 17th 10:00 am - noon.  Judging will take place on Tuesday afternoon.  Please specify on entry form and entry tag whether Adult (age 18 and over) or Youth (under 18 years of age).
  11. Entries are released at 12:30 pm Sunday, July 22nd.  Entries must be picked up Sunday, July 22nd  12:30pm - 4:00 pm or Monday, July 23rd 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm.  Each exhibitor will be responsible for their entries at the close of the show.  No ribbons, entries or premiums will be mailed to the exhibitor.  Entries not picked up at the designated times will forfeit premiums.
  12. Special ribbons will be awarded.  At the judge's discretion, there may be an Overall Champion and Reserve Champion as well as up to 4 "Best in Show" in each the youth and adult classes.
  13. The Palo Alto County Fair reserves the right to use any entered photo for promotional purposes.  The Palo Alto County Fair also reserves the right to see the negative or file of any questionable photo.

 

Lot Descriptions

 

Lot 1 – People – Studio/outdoor Portraiture, candids, close-up depicting some activity, expressions.
    Note: The person(s) must be the point of interest.
Lot 2 – Scenic – Natural landscapes, cityscapes, farm scenes
Lot 3 – Building/Architecture – Focus on interesting shapes, leading lines, interesting angles and perspectives.
Lot 4 – Nature – Seasons, wildflowers, plants
    Note: The hand of man must not be seen in any way; the only exceptions is ring bands on animals.
Lot 5 – Animals – Wildlife, Pet, Farm
        Note: The animal or pet must be the point of interest with secondary emphasis on the setting.

 

Adult Division (age 18 and over)

 

 Class 1 – COLOR PHOTOGRAPH
   Blue Red White
Lot 1People2.001.501.00
Lot 2Scenic2.001.501.00
Lot 3Building/Architecture2.001.501.00
Lot 4Nature2.001.501.00
Lot 5Animals2.001.501.00



Class 2 – BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPH
  BlueRed White
Lot 1People2.001.501.00
Lot 2Scenic2.001.501.00
Lot 3Building/Architecture2.001.501.00
Lot 4Nature2.001.501.00
Lot 5Animals2.001.501.00

                               



Youth Division (under 18 years of age)

 

 

Class 3 – COLOR PHOTOGRAPH
  BlueRedWhite
Lot 1People2.001.501.00
Lot 2Scenic2.001.501.00
Lot 3Building/Architecture2.001.501.00
Lot 4Nature2.001.501.00
Lot 5Animals2.001.501.00
                               


Class 4 – BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPH
  BlueRed White
Lot 1People2.001.501.00
Lot 2Scenic2.001.501.00
Lot 3Building/Architecture2.001.501.00
Lot 4Nature2.001.501.00
Lot 5Animals2.001.501.00

                               
                               



‘Beautiful Iowa’
Challenge Class

 

CLASS 5 – “Bountiful Harvest” (Adult)
CLASS 6 – “Bountiful Harvest” (Youth) - Sponsored by Farmers Mutual Insurance

The theme for the 2018 ‘Beautiful Iowa’ class will be “Bountiful Harvest”. 

Photographs must be identified by the specific location in Iowa where the photo was taken (i.e. Emmetsburg, Iowa).  The location must be written on the entry tag and on the back of the photo.

Farmers Mutual Insurance, Emmetsburg, is proud to be the sponsor of the youth class.

1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in the adult division will receive $50, $25 and $10 cash awards respectively.
1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in the youth division will receive $50, $25 and $10 cash awards respectively.

RULES:

1.    Only the top three photographs in each division will receive a ribbon and cash award.
2.    All photographs in this Challenge class MUST BE EXACTLY 8x10 inches in size.  Any photo not following this size requirement will be disqualified.  (Never assume, always measure!)
3.    All photographs in this Challenge class must be flush mounted on foam core board.  (This means these photos will have NO type of mat or border on them.)
4.    Photos may be either color, black and white, or computer manipulated.
5.    An exhibitor may enter only one photograph in this Challenge class.
6.    All other general rules in the photography department also apply to this division.
7.    This sponsor reserves the right to put the winning photos on display in their business for period of time after the fair.

‘Conservation Iowa’
Challenge Class

 

CLASS 7 – “Windbreaks for Wildlife” (Adult)
CLASS 8 – “Windbreaks for Wildlife” (Youth)

The theme for the 2018 ‘Conservation Iowa’ class will be “Windbreaks for Wildlife”. 

Photographs must be identified by the specific location in Iowa where the photo was taken (i.e. Emmetsburg, Iowa).  The location must be written on the entry tag and on the back of the photo.

Palo Alto County Soil & Water Conservation District is proud to be the sponsor of this class.

1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in the adult division will receive $50, $25 and $10 cash awards respectively.
1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in the youth division will receive $50, $25 and $10 cash awards respectively.

RULES:
1.    Only the top three photographs in each division will receive a ribbon and cash award.
2.    All photographs in this Challenge class MUST BE EXACTLY 8x10 inches in size.  Any photo not following this size requirement will be disqualified.  (Never assume, always measure!)
3.    All photographs in this Challenge class must be flush mounted on foam core board.  (This means these photos will have NO type of mat or border on them.)
4.    Photos may be either color, black and white, or computer manipulated.
5.    An exhibitor may enter only one photograph in this Challenge class.
6.    All other general rules in the photography department also apply to this division.
7.    This sponsor reserves the right to put the winning photos on display in their business for a period of time after the fair.

 

FOOD

Palo Alto County Fair
Open Class:  Foods

Superintendent
Devona Perkins
(712) 490-6611
manager@paloaltocountyfair.com

 

1.    All entries must be the work of the exhibitor.  
2.    Entrant does not have to be a resident of Palo Alto County.
3.    Entries are limited to 8 per exhibitor with only one entry per lot.
4.    Recipe must be included with each entry.  The Palo Alto County Fair reserves the right to keep the recipe of winning entries.
5.    Baked goods are to be placed on heavy cardboard or heavy paper plate and put in a plastic food storage bag.  Anything not in a plastic bag will not be accepted.
6.    Any article that becomes unsightly during the fair will be discarded.
7.    All possible care will be taken to protect exhibits.  The Palo Alto County Fair will not be responsible for loss or damage to exhibits or property of exhibitors.
8.    Judging will be based upon appearance, texture, crumb, aroma and taste.  Judges will decide which ribbons, if any, are to be awarded.  Decision of the judge is final.  
9.    No exhibitor will be allowed in area during judging.
10.    There is no fee to enter.
11.    Premiums will be awarded as follows: blue ribbon $2.00, red ribbon $1.50, white ribbon $1.00.
12.    Entry forms can be downloaded at www.paloaltocountyfair.com or are available at the Palo Alto County Extension Office.  The superintendent and volunteers are available to help with any questions at time of entry.  Having your entry form started is greatly appreciated.
13.  Entry Times:  Monday, July 16th 6:00pm - 8:00pm and Tuesday, July 17th 10:00 am - noon.  Judging will take place on Tuesday afternoon.  Please specify on entry form and entry tag whether Adult (age 18 and over) or Youth (under 18 years of age).
14.  Entries are released at 12:30pm Sunday, July 22nd.  Entries must be picked up Sunday, July 22 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm or Monday, July 23 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm.  Each exhibitor will be responsible for their entries at the close of the show.  No ribbons, entries or premiums will be mailed to the exhibitor.  Entries not picked up at the designated times will forfeit premiums.
15.  Special ribbons will be awarded.  At the judge's discretion, there may be an Overall Champion and Reserve Champion as well as up to 4 "Best in Show" in each the youth and adult classes.



Class 1 – YEAST BREADS                Adult Division, age 18 & over

Lot 1 – White Bread
Lot 2 – Whole Wheat Bread
Lot 3 – Rye Bread
Lot 4 – Dinner Rolls – 4
Lot 5 – Cinnamon Rolls – 4
Lot 6 – Caramel Rolls – 4
Lot 7 – Other sweet roll – 4
Lot 8 – Bread Machine loaf
Lot 9 – Other Yeast Bread

Class 2 – QUICK BREADS – NON-YEAST

Lot 1 – Baking powder biscuits – 4
Lot 2 – Cornbread
Lot 3 – Banana Bread
Lot 4 – Zucchini Bread
Lot 5 – Pumpkin Bread
Lot 6 – Muffins – 4
Lot 7 – Coffee Cake
Lot 8 – Other quick bread

Class 3 – COOKIES - Unfrosted
6 cookies/bars on a plate

Lot 1 – Chocolate Chip
Lot 2 -  Oatmeal
Lot 3 – Peanut Butter
Lot 4 – Sugar
Lot 5 – Spritz
Lot 6 – No-bake Cookies
Lot 7 – Brownies
Lot 8 – Bars
Lot 9 – Other cookie

Class 4 – CAKES - unfrosted
8x8 or 9x9 or bundt/tube cakes

Lot 1 – Angel Food Cake
Lot 2 – Bundt Cake
Lot 3 – Chocolate Cake
Lot 4 – White Cake
Lot 5 – Other Cake


Class 5 – YEAST BREADS                Youth Division – Under age 18

Lot 1 – White Bread
Lot 2 – Whole Wheat Bread
Lot 3 – Rye Bread
Lot 4 – Dinner Rolls – 4
Lot 5 – Cinnamon Rolls – 4
Lot 6 – Caramel Rolls – 4
Lot 7 – Other sweet roll – 4
Lot 8 – Bread Machine loaf
Lot 9 – Other Yeast Bread

Class 6 – QUICK BREADS – NON-YEAST

Lot 1 – Baking powder biscuits – 4
Lot 2 – Cornbread
Lot 3 – Banana Bread
Lot 4 – Zucchini Bread
Lot 5 – Pumpkin Bread
Lot 6 – Muffins – 4
Lot 7 – Coffee Cake
Lot 8 – Other quick bread

Class 7 – COOKIES - Unfrosted
6 cookies/bars on a plate

Lot 1 – Chocolate Chip
Lot 2 -  Oatmeal
Lot 3 – Peanut Butter
Lot 4 – Sugar
Lot 5 – Spritz
Lot 6 – No-bake Cookies
Lot 7 – Brownies
Lot 8 – Bars
Lot 9 – Other cookie

Class 8 – CAKES - unfrosted
8x8 or 9x9 or bundt/tube cakes

Lot 1 – Angel Food Cake
Lot 2 – Bundt Cake
Lot 3 – Chocolate Cake
Lot 4 – White Cake
Lot 5 – Other Cake

 

 

GARDEN

 

Palo Alto County Fair
Open Class:  Garden

Superintendent
Devona Perkins
(712) 490-6611
manager@paloaltocountyfair.com


1.    All entries must be grown by the exhibitor. 
2.    Entrant does not have to be a resident of Palo Alto County.
3.    Entries are limited to 8 per exhibitor with only one entry per lot.
4.    The variety of the specimen must be included on the entry tag.
5.    Vegetables should be displayed on a paper plate, uncovered.
6.    Flowers must be displayed in a glass container appropriate in size and proportion to specimen.  Wedging materials are permitted in the neck of the container.  No leaves in water.  Do not use any cleaner or wax that gives plant leaves a shiny look.  They must be presented in their natural state.
7.    Any article that becomes unsightly during the fair will be discarded.
8.    All possible care will be taken to protect exhibits.  The Palo Alto County Fair will not be responsible for loss or damage to exhibits or property of exhibitors.
9.    Judging will be based upon quality, uniformity and appearance.  Judges will decide which ribbons, if any, are to be awarded.  Decision of the judge is final. 
10.    No exhibitor will be allowed in area during judging.
11.    There is no fee to enter.
12.    Premiums will be awarded as follows: blue ribbon $2.00, red ribbon $1.50, white ribbon $1.00.
13.    Entry forms can be downloaded at www.paloaltocountyfair.com or are available at the Palo Alto County Extension Office.  The superintendent and volunteers are available to help with any questions at time of entry.  Having your entry form started is greatly appreciated.
14.  Entry Times:  Wednesday, July 18th, 6:00pm - 8:00pm and Thursday, July 19th, 10:00 am - noon.  Judging will take place on Thursday afternoon.  Please specify on entry form and entry tag whether Adult (age 18 and over) or Youth (under 18 years of age).
15.  Entries are released at 12:30pm Sunday, July 22nd.  Entries must be picked up Sunday, July 22 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm or Monday, July 23 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm.  Each exhibitor will be responsible for their entries at the close of the show.  No ribbons, entries or premiums will be mailed to the exhibitor.  Entries not picked up at the designated times will forfeit premiums.
16.  Special ribbons will be awarded.  At the judge's discretion there may be an Overall Champion and Reserve Champion as well as up to 4 "Best in Show" in each the youth and adult classes.


Class 1 – Vegetables                Adult Division, age 18 & over

Lot 1 – Beans, snap, 5
Lot 2 – Beans, other (lima, pole, etc) 5
Lot 3 – Beets, 3
Lot 4 – Broccoli, 1
Lot 5 – Brussel Sprouts, 5
Lot 6 – Cabbage, Red, 1
Lot 7 – Cabbage, Round, 1
Lot 8 – Carrots, 5
Lot 9 – Cauliflower, 1
Lot 10 – Celery, root attached, 1 bunch
Lot 11 – Cucumbers, Pickling 2” – 3”, 3
Lot 12 – Cucumbers, Dill 3”-5”, 3
Lot 13 – Cucumbers, Slicing 6”-8”, 3
Lot 14 – Dill, 2 heads
Lot 15 – Eggplant, 1
Lot 16 – Garlic, 3
Lot 17 – Kale, 1
Lot 18 – Kohlrabi, 3
Lot 19 – Lettuce, head, 1
Lot 20 – Okra, 3
Lot 21 – Onions, Red, 3
Lot 22 – Onions, White, 3
Lot 23 – Onions, Yellow,3
Lot 24 – Onions, green, 3
Lot 25 – Parsley, 3
Lot 26 – Peas, 5 pods
Lot 27 – Peppers, Bell any color, 3
Lot 28 – Peppers, Jalepeno, 3
Lot 29 – Peppers, other, 3
Lot 30 – Potatoes, red, 3
Lot 31 – Potatoes, white, 3
Lot 32 – Potatoes, yellow/gold, 3
Lot 33 – Potatoes, any other, 3
Lot 34 – Radish, 1bunch of 5 tied at leaves
Lot 35 – Rhubarb, 1 bunch of 3 stalks
Lot 36 – Squash, Summer, 1
Lot 37 – Squash, Winter, 1
Lot 38 – Squash, Zucchini, 1
Lot 39 – Sweet Corn, 3
Lot 40 – Sweet Potatoes or Yams, 3
Lot 41 – Tomatoes – cherry/grape, 5
Lot 42 – Tomatoes – Roma, 3
Lot 43 – Tomatoes, Red, 3
Lot 44 – Tomatoes, any other, 3
Lot 45 – Turnips, 3
Lot 46 – Not specified, named

Exhibitors are highly encouraged to reference the Iowa State University Extension Publication “Harvesting and Preparing Vegetables for Exhibit”.  This can be found on the Iowa State University Extension Website http://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/projects/horticulture

** Refer to the list above for the number of each specimen required.  This will take precedence over all other printed materials.



Class 2 – Pail of Posies             Adult Division, age 18 & Over
Class 3 – Pail of Posies            Youth Division, under age 18

Participants will use a 5-gallon bucket as a planter.  It is recommended that a portion of the bucket be filled with packing peanuts to keep it from becoming too heavy to carry.  The participant may choose any live plant material – flowers, corn stalk, soybeans, tomato plant, etc.  The participant may choose to have a theme for their planter.  Other decorative materials may be added.  Pails will be displayed throughout the fairgrounds.




Class 4 – Flowers/Plants                Adult Division

Annuals
Lot 1 – Asters
Lot 2 – Celosia
Lot 3 – Cosmos
Lot 4 – Hibiscus
Lot 5 – Marigolds
Lot 6 – Pansies
Lot 7 – Petunias
Lot 8 – Salvia
Lot 9 – Snapdragons
Lot 10 – Sunflowers
Lot 11 – Zinnias
Lot 12 – Any other annual not listed, named

Perennials – Biennials
Lot 13 – Asters
Lot 14 – Bachelor Buttons
Lot 15 – Chrysanthemums
Lot 16 – Daisy, any type
Lot 17 – Dianthus
Lot 18 – Delphinium
Lot 19 – Hemerocallis (Daylillies)
Lot 20 – Hosta leaves
Lot 21 – Hydrangea
Lot 22 – Any other perennial not listed, named

Roses
Lot 23 – Hybrid Tea
Lot 24 – Floribunda
Lot 25 – Grand Flora
Lot 26 – Miniature
Lot 27 – Any other rose not listed

Bulbs and related structures
Lot 28 – Allium
Lot 29 – Cannas
Lot 30 – Dahlias
Lot 31 – Gladiolus
Lot 32 – Iris
Lot 33 – Lillies
Lot 34 – Tuberous Begonia
Lot 35 – Any other bulb or related structure

Container Grown Plants – displayed in the container
Lot 36 – African Violet
Lot 37 – Begonia
Lot 38 – Cactus
Lot 39 – Succulent
Lot 40 – Dish Garden
Lot 41 – Patio Planter
Lot 42 – Hanging Planter
Lot 43 – Other container grown plant or plants not listed, named

 


Class 5 – Vegetables                Youth Division, under age 18

Lot 1 – Beans, snap, 5
Lot 2 – Beans, other (lima, pole, etc) 5
Lot 3 – Beets, 3
Lot 4 – Broccoli, 1
Lot 5 – Brussel Sprouts, 5
Lot 6 – Cabbage, Red, 1
Lot 7 – Cabbage, Round, 1
Lot 8 – Carrots, 5
Lot 9 – Cauliflower, 1
Lot 10 – Celery, root attached, 1 bunch
Lot 11 – Cucumbers, Pickling 2” – 3”, 3
Lot 12 – Cucumbers, Dill 3”-5”, 3
Lot 13 – Cucumbers, Slicing 6”-8”, 3
Lot 14 – Dill, 2 heads
Lot 15 – Eggplant, 1
Lot 16 – Garlic, 3
Lot 17 – Kale, 1
Lot 18 – Kohlrabi, 3
Lot 19 – Lettuce, head, 1
Lot 20 – Okra, 3
Lot 21 – Onions, Red, 3
Lot 22 – Onions, White, 3
Lot 23 – Onions, Yellow,3
Lot 24 – Onions, green, 3
Lot 25 – Parsley, 3
Lot 26 – Peas, 5 pods
Lot 27 – Peppers, Bell any color, 3
Lot 28 – Peppers, Jalepeno, 3
Lot 29 – Peppers, other, 3
Lot 30 – Potatoes, red, 3
Lot 31 – Potatoes, white, 3
Lot 32 – Potatoes, yellow/gold, 3
Lot 33 – Potatoes, any other, 3
Lot 34 – Radish, 1bunch of 5 tied at leaves
Lot 35 – Rhubarb, 1 bunch of 3 stalks
Lot 36 – Squash, Summer, 1
Lot 37 – Squash, Winter, 1
Lot 38 – Squash, Zucchini, 1
Lot 39 – Sweet Corn, 3
Lot 40 – Sweet Potatoes or Yams, 3
Lot 41 – Tomatoes – cherry/grape, 5
Lot 42 – Tomatoes – Roma, 3
Lot 43 – Tomatoes, Red, 3
Lot 44 – Tomatoes, any other, 3
Lot 45 – Turnips, 3
Lot 46 – Not specified, named

Exhibitors are highly encouraged to reference the Iowa State University Extension Publication “Harvesting and Preparing Vegetables for Exhibit”.  This can be found on the Iowa State University Extension Website http://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/projects/horticulture

** Refer to the list above for the number of each specimen required.  This will take precedence over all other printed materials.

Class 6 – Flowers/Plants                Youth Division, age 17 & under

Annuals
Lot 1 – Asters
Lot 2 – Celosia
Lot 3 – Cosmos
Lot 4 – Hibiscus
Lot 5 – Marigolds
Lot 6 – Pansies
Lot 7 – Petunias
Lot 8 – Salvia
Lot 9 – Snapdragons
Lot 10 – Sunflowers
Lot 11 – Zinnias
Lot 12 – Any other annual not listed, named

Perennials – Biennials
Lot 13 – Asters
Lot 14 – Bachelor Buttons
Lot 15 – Chrysanthemums
Lot 16 – Daisy, any type
Lot 17 – Dianthus
Lot 18 – Delphinium
Lot 19 – Hemerocallis (Daylillies)
Lot 20 – Hosta leaves
Lot 21 – Hydrangea
Lot 22 – Any other perennial not listed, named

Roses
Lot 23 – Hybrid Tea
Lot 24 – Floribunda
Lot 25 – Grand Flora
Lot 26 – Miniature
Lot 27 – Any other rose not listed

Bulbs and related structures
Lot 28 – Allium
Lot 29 – Cannas
Lot 30 – Dahlias
Lot 31 – Gladiolus
Lot 32 – Iris
Lot 33 – Lillies
Lot 34 – Tuberous Begonia
Lot 35 – Any other bulb or related structure

Container Grown Plants – displayed in the container
Lot 36 – African Violet
Lot 37 – Begonia
Lot 38 – Cactus
Lot 39 – Succulent
Lot 40 – Dish Garden
Lot 41 – Patio Planter
Lot 42 – Hanging Planter
Lot 43 – Other container grown plant or plants not listed, named