Judges will evaluate everything from pigs to pears before fair opens

The 55th Mohave County Fair, themed "Boots, Bulls and Bandana Days," starts next Thursday.

Prize pigs and chickens, vegetables, flowering plants and foliage, hand-crafted items, cookies, biscuits, cakes and pies are just some of the exhibits that will all be on display at the Mohave County Fair from Sept.

13-16.

Deadline for pre-registration in most divisions was last month, and now is the time to start bringing entries to the fairgrounds to be judged, said Chris Crow, the superintendent of the Fresh Fruits & Vegetables & Herbs adult and junior division.

Crow said judging of entries in her division and other perishable items such as baked goods, floriculture and horticulture must be delivered to the fairgrounds between 7 a.m.

and noon on Wednesday, the day before the fair opens.

"We want entries to be as fresh as possible," she said.

Fruits, vegetables and herbs that are fresh and "fairly free of flaws" are award quality, Crow said, but judges also look at other criteria.

"If we say we want five pears, don't bring in just two.

Go by the number required," she said.

"Also, bigger is not always better with some items.

Don't bring in the biggest zucchini you can grow, because it won't necessarily taste the best."

She added that uniform color is another requirement.

Bringing in one green pear, and another yellow is not a good thing.

Most other non-perishable items such as canned foods, hobbies, collections, jewelry, arts, crafts, photography and fine arts will be received at the fairgrounds this Friday and Saturday from 3 p.m.

to 8 p.m.

The receiving dates of livestock and small animals vary.

Contact the Mohave County Fairgrounds at 753-2636 for more information, or obtain a fair book at the fair office, 2600 Fairgrounds Blvd.

Each exhibitor will receive one free ticket to enter the fair, with the exception of Livestock/4H/FFA.

In addition, entrants can receive a ribbon or a premium of $2, $3 or $4 per entry.

All children, ages one through 12, will be given a participation ribbon for their entries.