I know a way you can earn some money with skills or possessions you already have.

Becky Reid


Interested? Keep reading to learn how to enter items in the Open Class division of the Cowley County Fair and possibly earn some money!

Open Class exhibits are featured in the eastern half of Building 4 (the large red barn) at the Winfield Fairgrounds.

Who can enter? Entries to the Cowley County Fair are open to the world (per Rule No. 1 on Page 3 of the Premium Guide) and it is free to enter!

Divisions include antiques, art, baked goods, preserved food, textile creations, floral and garden, farm products, hobbies, and photographs.

The western half of building features 4-H exhibits created by youths enrolled in the 4-H program. It is great to have a variety of entries featured at the fair!

To enter, the first step is to review the Cowley County Fair Premium Catalog, available at www.cowleycountyfair.com. Specific rules are detailed for all departments. Check the rules for how many entries will be accepted per class and specifics so your entries will be accepted.

For instance, a photo should be mounted on a matte board. Framed photos will be disqualified. You can enter exhibits in multiple divisions.

After reviewing the rules and selecting items to exhibit, the next step is to take entries to the south end of Building 4 at the Winfield Fairgrounds between noon and 7 p.m. Aug. 2. Superintendents — the titles of volunteer coordinators for each area — will accept your entries.

Exhibitors should complete a Cowley County Fair entry blank, which asks for contact information and which departments and classes you’ll be entering in. Entry blanks are available that day or they can be printed from the fair website.

Judges review entries and award ribbons to top exhibits. Top ribbons have a monetary award, detailed in the Premium Catalog.

(If you are looking at the Premium Catalog, the money listed on the same line as the class number and description is the possible prize money awarded to entries that earn first- and second-place ribbons.)

Judges also can award the top prize of a “sweepstake,” which includes a special ribbon and a monetary award that can range from $5 to $15.

After judging, entries are displayed for public viewing throughout the duration of the fair. Visitors like to see exhibits from creative cooks, talented artists, successful gardeners and hobby enthusiasts in our community. Plan now to enter your Open Class exhibit on Aug. 2!

Source: Cowley County Fair Premium Catalog

This information was provided by K-State Research and Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Specialist Becky Reid.