Orange County youth have the opportunity to exhibit home, farm, and garden entries in a virtual county fair experience in August, so get your cameras ready! This event is open to youth ages 5-18 who reside or attend school in Orange as well as those who typically compete in the annual Orange County Fair.
The virtual home, farm, and garden fair will feature photographs of youths’ work in agriculture, gardening, arts and crafts, textiles, and photography. Each category offers over 25 class options, so whether you’re growing prize-winning zinnias, giant watermelons, or have made your own no-sew fleece blanket for the winter, youth will be sure to find entries.
Each item must be photographed and uploaded on the contest site by Wednesday, August 19. Exhibits must have been completed since the last county fair, so think of things you made in school or created while home during the COVID pandemic. Maybe you have the tallest sunflower or the prettiest tomatoes! Maybe you beaded a beautiful bracelet or assembled an eye-catching model car. All of these can be entered in the virtual home, farm, and garden contest.
Each youth may enter up to 12 items, and ribbons will be awarded to youth ages 9-19. Youth ages 5-8 will receive ribbons, but will not be judged competitively. The virtual opportunity is made possible by Virginia Cooperative Extension, Orange County 4-H, and the Orange County Fair Association. There is no charge to participate and 4-H membership is not required. A google form for sign ups will be forthcoming.
For additional information, please call 672-1361.
For rules and classes, check out Virtual 2020 Home, Farm, & Garden Youth Showcase