- Baked Goods
- Flowers and Plants
- Gourds and Herbs
- Preserved Products
- Largest Produce
- A Collection of crafts and/or agricultural products produced by a family over the past year, to cover a 3×5 foot table.
Category #2: Baked Goods Exhibits
Recipe must accompany all entries. No package mixes to be used. Entry must be wrapped in a plastic bag. Entries which cannot be transfered must be entered, wrapped in plastic, on a plain white plate. Baked goods may be tasted during judging.
- Yeast bread
- Coffee cake (yeast)
- 6 Yeast rolls
- Quick bread (includes banana, corn, cranberry, nut, etc.)
- 6 Muffins
- 6 Doughnuts
- 6 Biscuits
- 6 Dropped cookies
- 6 Rolled cookies
- 6 Brownies
- 6 Finger desserts
- Butter cake
- Sponge cake
- 6 Cupcakes
- Decorated cake (judged for artistic appearance)
- Homemade candy – 1/2 lb minimum
- Apple pie
- Pie – any other kind
- Other – any other baked good
- Collection of at least 5 pressed leaves, mounted and named.
- Collection of at least 5 leaf prints.
- Collection of at least 5 insects, mounted and named.
- Collection of at least 5 wildflowers, mounted and named.
- Conservation display, to cover 3ft x 3ft.
Category #4: Flowers and Plants
Flowers and plants, except in arrangements, must be grown, selected, and arranged by the exhibitor. Appropriate containers are to be furnished by the exhibitor
Class – Cut Flowers
To be judged for horticultural perfection. Should include sufficient stem and foliage when practical.
- Any cut flowers grown (or found, if wild) and arranged by exhibitor, in container furnished by exhibitor.
Class – Arrangements
May contain flowers (fresh or dried), fruits, berries, vegetables, vines and/or foliage. Components do not need to be grown by exhibitor.
- Arrangement, any size
- Small Arrangement (4″ or less including container)
- Large arrangement (at least 3′ in diameter)
- Holiday arrangement – may be any holiday or personal celebration day, e.g., birthday
Class – House Plants (grown in pot)
- Flowering plant – upright
- Flowering plant – hanging
- Foliage plant – upright
- Foliage plant – hanging
- Dish garden
- Display of gourds (at least 5 different kinds)
- Display of dried herbs (at least 5 different kinds)
- Display of potted herbs (at least 5 different kinds)
Category #6: Honey Exhibits
All entries must be produced in Massachusetts by bees owned by the exhibitor. All honey must be placed in leak-proof, bee-tight containers. No labels or identification on any entry until judged. Only one entry per exhibitor per class.
- Honey, comb – 2 standard sections
- Honey, strained – 2 jars
- Maple Syrup – 2 jars
- Fruit Syrup – 2 jars
Category #8: Fruit Exhibits
All fruit must be grown, selected, and arranged by the exhibitor. Variety name should be listed. Only one entry allowed in a class by an exhibitor. Fruit may be washed but NOT polished. Berry entries must be registered on Friday but may be brought in before 8:30am on the day of the fair.
- Display of at least 6 kinds of fruit covering 3ft x 3ft. Score card: Quality 50%; Arrangement 30%; Utility value 10%; Number of varieties 10%
- Arrangement of at least 5 kinds of fruit attractively arranged in an appropriate container (not paper plate). Score card same as above.
- 5 Apples, any named variety
- 10 Crabapples
- 5 Pears, any named variety
- 5 Peaches, any named variety
- 10 Plums, any named variety
- Grapes – 3 clusters, any named variety
- Quinces – 5 specimens, any named variety
- Small fruits, pint boxes – to be classified according to judge’s discretion
- Any other fruit
Category #9: Preserved Products Exhibits
Must be canned in the past 12 months by exhibitor. All products, including jam and jelly, shall be sealed by processing: hot water bath for fruit and tomatoes, pressure for vegetables and meats. Each entry should be of the standard commercial canning jar size and type. Screw top should be removed. All jars must be uniformly labeled including product and month and year processed. Prizes will be awarded on the basis of:
- Quality of products.
- Workmanship, as shown by condition of exhibit.
Preference given to practical packs rather than fancy packs.
Class – Collections
- 3 jars canned vegetables – 1 jar each of 3 kinds
- 3 jars canned fruit – 1 jar each of 3 kinds
- Balanced meal, using 3 jars or different canned products. Menu must accompany.
- 3 jars jelly – 1 jar each of 3 kinds
- 3 jars jam – 1 jar each of 3 kinds
Class – Vegetables – 2 jars
- Tomato Sauce
- Beans (green or yellow)
- Bread and Butter pickles
- Dill pickles
- Green relish
- Red relish
- Any other product
Class – Fruits – 2 jars
- Any other fruit
Class – Jelly and Jam
2 jars same variety, not less than 4 oz.
- Jelly – all varieties
- Jam – all varieties
- Any other fruit product
Category #10: Vegetable Exhibits
All vegetables must be grown, selected, washed (except potatoes), and arranged by the exhibitor. Entries for class 1 and 2 do not use paper plates. Entries for other classes should be displayed on paper plates. Root crops must have 1/2 inch of stems left on.
- Display of at least 6 kinds of fresh vegetables from home garden. 3ft x 3 ft. Score Card: Quality 50%; Arrangement 30%; Utility Value 10%; Number of kinds 10%.
- Display at least 5 kinds of fresh, home grown vegetables arranged in an appropriate container. Score card same as above.
- 15 pods green beans
- 15 pods yellow beans
- 15 pods lima beans
- 15 pods shell beans
- 5 beets
- 2 heads cabbage
- 5 carrots
- 2 heads cauliflower
- 2 bunches celery
- 5 ears sweet corn – husks on
- 3 salad cucumbers
- 10 pickling cucumbers
- 2 eggplants
- 2 muskmelons – ripe
- 5 onions
- 5 parsnips
- 5 peppers – green
- 5 peppers – red
- 5 peppers – any other color
- 5 chili peppers
- 5 potatoes
- 2 pumpkins – sugar type
- 2 pumpkins – field type
- 2 squash – zucchini
- 2 squash – summer
- 2 squash – acorn
- 2 squash – buttercup
- 2 squash – other winter
- 5 tomatoes – red – stems on
- 5 tomatoes – green – stems on
- 5 tomatoes – plum/sauce – stems on
- 10 tomatoes – pear, grape, or cherry – stems on
- 5 turnips
- 2 watermelons
- 5 ears ornamental corn – husked
- any other 2, 5, or 15 specimens, depending on size
- Tallest Corn stalk
- Tallest Sunflower stalk
- Tallest Tomato plant
- Largest Sunflower
- Largest Pumpkin
- Largest Squash
- Largest Potato
- 1 dozen eggs
- Painting, oil
- Painting, acrylic
- Painting, watercolor
- Portraits/figures (all mediums)
- Drawing, charcoal, pastel, pencil, pen & ink
- Scratchboard/crayon drawing
- Printmaking, silkscreen, woodcut, linocut, lithograph, etching
- Graphics, poster design, calligraphy, storybook illustration
- Manga / Cartoons
- Sculpture: clay, wood, stone/plaster, papier mache
- Ceramics, greenware, painted (not hand formed)
- Glass craft
- Stenciled craft
- Collage/3-D mixed media/decoupage
- Paper craft/cutouts/origami/masks
- Photograph, Color
- Photograph, Black and White
- Artificial flower (silk or paper) arrangement
- Unclassified, excluding above
Category #14: Needlework Exhibits
All entries must have been made by the exhibitor during the past 12 months. Articles will be judged on condition of the article, construction, and workmanship, design, color, originality.
- Baby Set
- Crocheted table cloth/set
- Small crocheted article
- Other crocheted article
- Counted cross stitch
- Small knitted article
- Large knitted article
- Small woven article
- Large woven article
- Braided rug
- Hooked rug
- Latch hooked rug
- Child’s dress
- Adult’s dress
- Any other garment
- Any other needlework
- Collection of needlework (at least 3 techniques
- Creative (at least 3 articles)
- Collection (at least 5 articles)
Category #16: Community Photo Contest
Any photograph taken locally within the last 12 months, black and white or color. Minimum size must be 5″ x 7″, maximum size 8″ x 10″. Photographs must be mounted or matted for display, ready to hang. Judging will be by people’s choice with a $20 cash prize for adult and for child entries.
- Boxborough Community Photo