When the Ripley County 4-H Fair takes place July 21-27, visitors won't just be impressed by 4-H members' exhibits.
Adults also may enter items in the open class exhibit.
Any Ripley County Extension Homemaker or adult county resident can enter many different projects in the exhibit, reports Theresa Holbert, Batesville, president of the Ripley County Extension Homemakers Clubs Council, which oversees this display.
Open class entries should be brought in Saturday, July 20, from 9 a.m.-noon, to the Osgood fairgrounds Homemakers Building.
There are several new classes listed this year. "Any project you completed within the last year and did not enter before can be entered," she explains.
This year in the prepared foods category, there are several new classes that will be judged separately. Cookies can be drop cookies, bar, cut out, decorated or any other of your choice.
Yeast breads can be loaf bread, dinner rolls, braided, doughnuts or fancy rolls (such as cinnamon). Quick breads include baking powder biscuits; fruit or nut breads, including pumpkin or zucchini; muffins; cakes made from cake mix with at least three ingredients added.
Another prepared foods class is cakes made from scratch – angel food, sponge and layer cake. A separate cake class is a multilayer cake. This category will also include decorated cakes or six decorated cupcakes.
Pies in that class must have one or two crusts.
An added class this year is candy – divinity, fondant, fudge, candy formed in molds and caramel candy.
Those interested in fiber arts can enter several categories in large quilts and small pieces using different quilting techniques, crocheting, knitting, hand needlework (needlepoint, hand embroidery, crewel and counted cross-stitch).
There is a separate class for sewing of apparel, accessories, home décor and machine embroidery. Purses, totes and travel bags are in a class by themselves. Wearable art has several classes, which include jewelry, beading, clothing with embellishments and handmade hats of any fiber or cloth.
Fine arts are always a popular exhibit: oils, watercolor, charcoals, acrylics and miscellaneous.
The holiday project has several sections – decoration, clothing of any type with a holiday theme and accessories.
A completely new class this year for exhibitors is paper craft. Homemade cards with stationary (noncomputer generated, such as hand painted, drawings or embellishments). Other separate entries in this class can be computer-enhanced original cards with envelopes (not from card programs). Other entries in this class include origami (judged on complicated design) gift wrap and gift tags and paper pictures pieced or colored ready for display. This class will also include quilling, paper flowers and bouquets, calligraphy and scrapbooking.
Photography has many different classes – portrait, landscape, still life, kids, animals, creative and collage. All photography should be ready to hang. The size should be not larger than 22 by 28 inches.
Other project categories are canning; fresh produce; crafts, such as large and small wooden pieces, baskets and wreaths; hats; floral entries that are made from fresh, dried or silks; foliage arrangements; and potted plants.
Holbert believes, "Go green is our most creative category. Anything made to recycle and repurpose items is sure to stretch your imagination."
She notes, "If you have made something within the last year, we will find a place for you to exhibit your project."
Persons who would like details about joining a club or entering an exhibit may contact Holbert at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-934-2276.