Announcing the 2014 DC State Fair contests!

James, one of our 2013 Pie Contest judges.

The 2014 DC State Fair contests are now open! Read on for more information and a list of contests with links to entry forms. Each entry form includes exhibitor guidelines and deadlines. The last day to enter most contests is 11:59 PM ET on Monday, September 15.

Best of luck to all exhibitors and we’ll see you at the Fair on September 20 at the Old City Farm and Guild!

Please contact Christine Perez at christine@thedcstatefair.org with questions on any of our contests.

Contests

Click on each contest title for more information and an online entry form. Deadlines listed are by midnight unless otherwise noted. Sign up for our newsletter to receive updates about these competitions and other DC State Fair news.

Art

Honey

Pie Contest, Sponsored by Whole Foods Market Tenley and Whole Foods Market P Street

  • Pie Contest (best overall, best crust, best apple pie, and best savory) Entry Deadline September 15

Ice Cream

  • Ice Cream Contest (best overall, best fruit, best combination) Entry Deadline September 15

Crafts

Vegetables and Fruits

Prepared Foods

What are the prizes?

Each first, second, and third place winner will receive ribbons and the opportunity to showcase your items and recipes at DC State Fair events throughout the year. Some contests may have additional small prizes.

Can I sponsor a contest?

We welcome businesses and organizations to sponsor contests. Fair vendor spots are also available. Interested? Contact info@thedcstatefair.org.

Other contests

Stay tuned for information this fall on our very popular Homebrew Contest! It’s such a hit that we’ve decided to operate it as a separate special event. Stay updated by subscribing to our newsletter and following us on Twitter and Facebook.

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Seedling Swap this Saturday, June 7th

Overloaded with onions? Have piles of peas? Strained by squash? Bring seedlings and your extra fruit and vegetable plants to share at the DC State Fair’s annual seedling swap at Eastern Market on June 7th from 11am to 1pm.

2012 DC State Fair Seedling Swap

Swappers check the seedlings on offer at the 2012 Seedling Swap.

Bring your seedlings and “swap” them with other gardeners to get rid of your extras and gain different seedling varieties. If you have extra crops growing in your garden that you’d like to get rid of, put ‘em in pots and bring them to the Swap. We’ll even have some empty mini-pots available at the event for anyone who needs to transplant plants from buckets/flats.

Participants should plan to drop off seedlings and other plants between 11am and 11:30am at our tent, on 7th and C Streets SE. The first swap round will begin at11:30am. All varieties are welcome, including herbs, vegetables, and fruits. The swap is free to participate. Wondering what to bring to the swap? Check out this list from last year’s swap!

If you don’t have seedlings or transplants to trade, stop by our tent to purchase them from Three Part Harmony Farm.

Find out more on our Facebook page.

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What to bring to a seedling swap

woman in scuba gearOveralls? A prom dress? Scuba gear? Sure, wear ‘em all. It’s not so much about how you gussy up for the DC State Fair Seedling Swap, but what you bring.

Here’s what we suggest:

Seedlings you’ve grown or bought (although if you don’t have any, you are still very welcome to come!), labeled with at the very least plant name and variety (growing info would be great, too!)

Some tips to share about how to grow the seedlings you’re bringing

1 cardboard box or tray big enough to hold at least 4 to 6 seedlings–bring several in case you walk home with more

1 notebook to record ideas, stash instructions on building a raised bed, and jot down the contact info of your new gardener friends

Your phone with camera and Twitter to share the event using the #seedlingswap hashtag

1 Rubbermaid-style 5-gallon plastic bin to make a worm bin

1 old shoe to grow a sunflower

Cash for contributions and purchasing unique seedlings and plant starts (ginger, turmeric, and more!) from Three Part Harmony Farm

Questions? E-mail us. See you there!

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New board members!

We are pleased to welcome seven new members to the DC State Fair Board of Directors for 2014 to 2016:

Torrance Anderson

Paola Bernacchi

Eric Firnhaber

Abigail Massey

Christine Perez

Kim Sheridan

Anna Tauzin

Congratulations on your new posts!

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Final day to apply for the Board!

The deadline to apply for the DC State Fair Board of Directors is TODAY! Submit your application by midnight to join our creative, fun, and hardworking volunteer team. It’s a great opportunity to hone those leadership skills and get to know your community.

Find everything you need to know about the position and the DC State Fair itself, and feel free to email with questions.

To apply, please e-mail your resume, a letter of intent, and, if you’d like, one or two supporting documents (e.g. a recommendation letter, documentation of your community involvement, a poetic ode to the Fair) to info[at]thedcstatefair.org.

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Apply for the DC State Fair board. Deadline 1/15!

DC State Fair flag logoThe deadline to apply for the DC State Fair Board of Directors is coming up! Submit your application now to join our creative, fun, and hardworking volunteer team.

Find everything you need to know about the position and the DC State Fair itself, and feel free to email with questions.

To apply, please e-mail your resume, a letter of intent, and, if you’d like, one or two supporting documents (e.g. a recommendation letter, documentation of your community involvement, a poetic ode to the Fair) to info[at]thedcstatefair.org. The deadline to apply is January 15, 2014.

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Apply to join the DC State Fair Board of Directors!

If you are a fan of the DC State Fair, you now have a chance to get to know us even better!

We are seeking three to four new members of the Board of Directors. If you have experience with nonprofit management, event planning, organizational development, website development, Spanish translation, or you have a knack for fundraising, deep roots in the District, a community development and engagement background, or just a passion to bring agricultural, culinary, and arts education to the community to develop and encourage neighborly showcasing of talent and competition, then we want you to apply.

We are seeking a mix of folks who can leverage their skills and connections to make the fifth annual DC State Fair the best yet! Read on for more information. Continue reading

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