Timing Is Everything

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I am sure that you have heard all the cliches about time – there is a time for all seasons, a time and place for all, timing is everything, the time is right, time is money – you get the idea. Well sometimes timing is EVERYTHING! Believe it or not, it is “time” to start thinking about our fair coming this fall. The same fair that  literally gives away thousands of dollars in prize money. Our award-winning regional fair is right around the corner and will be here before you know it! So yes, I am shamelessly plugging your opportunity to grow some great blue-ribbon produce to enter at the fair and walk away with prize money to boot!

We are actually starting to wind down many of our warm-season crops from our initial plantings and start considering our cool-season crops. Looks like we are about 12 weeks away from the fair’s opening day. This gives you plenty of time to start some late warm-season crops that will be producing in time for our fair. Not only that, but you also have time to start an array of cool-season crops that will be producing entries for fair time. All you need to do is spend some TIME planning ahead so you will have presentable crops when the fair opens Friday, September 29. For a planting schedule, contact our office or go to the Garden Calendars and choose the link for Eastern North Carolina.

I would also like to remind you that it is not only crops that are time sensitive, but any photo that you have taken since last year’s Opening Day is also eligible to enter. This time frame holds true for all you crafters out there too. Basically, anything created since last year’s fair that fits an advertised category is eligible for our 2023 Regional Agricultural Fair.

The beauty of entering items in the fair is that you don’t have to have 10 acres of peppers to enter a tray that will win blue ribbons. You can simply pick 3 peppers from your family-sized garden that are uniform, shaped well or good form, great color, and freshly picked. Your peppers are not ranked or judged in comparison with all the other pepper entries but on their own merit. If your submission meets all the judges criteria then a blue ribbon is awarded. In other words, each category can have more than one blue ribbon winner. After each entry in a particular class or category is judged, then the judges will rank 1st, 2nd and 3rd, if deemed necessary. This same judging system is true for all the other home exhibit categories. This makes our great regional fair  “FAIR” to everyone, so please consider entering items for the home exhibits and see how much prize money you can win! It’s actually addictive! Many folks enter year after year. Who knows, this may be YOUR year! Looking forward to seeing you at the fair this fall!

For more information, contact Mack Johnson, Extension Horticultural Agent, at 910-671-3276, by Email at Mack_Johnson@nscu.edu, or visit our website.