Calling all gardeners and farmers to show off their best produce at the Whidbey Island Area Fair in Langley. It’s the place to be seen in 2017 — July 20 through the 23. Every entry earns cash. More entries this year will yield more cash awards for entries next year.
Deer Lagoon Grange and South Whidbey Tilth are coordinating the agriculture activities in the Burrier Building with the help of the Island County Conservation District, Washington State University Extension Island County, and Whidbees, the Whidbey Beekeepers Association.
All items must be brought in between 1 and 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18, for judging. But first, register online. Refer “Your Guide to Entering the Fair.” Rules for entering items in “Department 204: Agriculture” are on pages 20 to 22. Points are earned based on the Danish system, meaning that, if all the rules are followed, the entry earns a blue ribbon worth 15 points. An example would be five green beans that should be “young and tender without strings, smooth and uniform in shape and with no bulges in the pod.”
Whether you are a backyard gardener or a professional farmer, everyone wants to see your best stuff. There are seven divisions from A to G in the agriculture department. Each division includes a category for youth. Within each division, there are numbered classes. Bring in vegetables, fruits, herbs, honey, grains/beans/seeds, and compost. Division G is all about creative entries including scarecrows, people and animal critters, carved pumpkins or squash, and the largest sunflower head.
Save time by registering online now. After you have your password, you can go to your list of entries and make changes and additions.