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Fair opens entry period this weekend

Avery A&H Fair provides specific dates and times for items for exhibits to be brought to the fairgrounds. The following is a schedule of when farm and home items may be brought for submission to the fairgrounds at Heritage Park:

• All entries, except cut flowers and culinary perishables, may be brought to Heritage Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 7, or from 12 to 6 p.m. this Sunday, Sept. 8.

• All entries, including cut flowers and culinary perishables, may be brought from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Monday, Sept. 9.

Baked goods only may be brought from 8 to 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10, the opening day of the Avery A&H Fair.

Entry forms for submitting items to the fair, as well as the fair schedule and other pertinent information, can be found on the Avery A&H Fair Facebook page by clicking to, or by clicking to


Originally published: 2013-09-03 23:36:06
Last modified: 2013-09-03 23:36:50

Avery A&H Fair offers blue ribbons, bragging rights and week of entertainment

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No fair is complete without a little healthy competition.

From mud bogging and lawnmower racing to horticultural and agricultural accolades, Avery A&H Fair affords visitors, exhibitors and competitive souls alike the opportunity to experience and preserve the mystique of an old-school county fair every year.

The 2013 edition of the Avery A&H Fair has already faced adversity as officials prepare for next week’s event. The abnormally wet spring and summer months have placed a premium on healthy gardens and items from them for exhibit, according to Avery A&H Fair Board member Darlene Carpenter.

“The gardens have not produced quite like normal, so we have a little concern about the vegetable exhibits and those bringing vegetables in for the fresh fruits and vegetables,” Carpenter said. “The fruits and vegetables can account for around 50 percent of our farm and home exhibits.”

The fair has proven time and again its ability to overcome and to provide family fun and entertainment, regardless of weather or circumstance. Avery A&H Fair is a prime opportunity for growers and purveyors to enter items of interest in one of close to 300 separate categories for expert judgment. For most agricultural and horticultural categories, the cost to enter an item is just $1, although there are rare exceptions, such as entries for the Christmas tree exhibition, which carry a $5 entry fee per tree.

To read the complete story, please pick up a copy of your hometown newspaper, The Avery Journal-Times, available at almost 100 locations in Newland, Banner Elk, Crossnore, Spruce Pine and Roan Mountain, Tenn. To subscribe to The Avery Journal-Times, please call (828) 733-0401 or click to