Two new contests featuring tomatoes and goldfish will be held at the Crawford County Fair set for Sept. 11-16.
A tomato contest and goldfish contest are scheduled for Sept. 13 and Sept. 15, respectively. This will be the first year for both events.
The Red, Ripe, and Rockin’ Tomato Contest will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 13, in front of the Home Economics Building at the fairgrounds.
Tomatoes can be entered for the contest from 5:30 p.m. until 6:15 p.m. Contest categories are heaviest tomato, ugliest tomato and best looking tomato.
All tomatoes must be home grown in Crawford County by a Crawford County resident.
Awards will be given in youth and adult divisions, with one entry allowed per division per person. Farmers Coop of Van Buren is the sponsor for the competition.
A goldfish contest will be held Friday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. in the barn arena of the fair grounds. Categories are best decorated container and best goldfish.
Goldfish will be provided, but contestants must provided their own decorated container to be judged. Entries will be accepted from 6:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
First and second place will be awarded in each age division, which are 9 and under, 10-14 years of age, and 15-19 years of age. The contest is sponsored by the Animal Science 4-H Club.
Back again this year is the Round Robin Showmanship Contest, set for Friday, Sept. 15, at 5:30 p.m. in the main show ring.
Participants in the Round Robin must collude with other exhibitors to learn about and show an animal species different from that which they normally show.
Categories are cattle, dairy goat, meat goat, sheep, swine, and attire and knowledge. Age divisions are ages 9-13 and ages 14-19.
Buckles will be awarded for first place in both divisions, and ribbons for second through fifth place.
Contestants must have won in their regular division. If a contestant has won multiple divisions, they must declare which department they wish to represent and reserve showmen will be allowed to enter for the other divisions up to third place.
If the first place winner of a regular division is unable to attend, the second place winner can step in.
As part of the contest, the participants must show their chosen animal as they would one of their own, and answer showmanship questions on that animal.
Coaching from the audience can result in point deductions or disqualification of the contestant.