Blue Ribbon Exhibit Hall

Gayle Hamner, of Pinedale, and Jason Mitchell, of Jackson, take a good look at Anders Rae’s eggs during open judging at the 2016 Teton County Fair’s Blue Ribbon Exhibit Hall. This year, the Exhibit Hall will allow local artists to sell work.

With the lights dimmed on the carnival and its other marquee nighttime events, the Teton County Fair is looking to the community for help and inspiration.

“I’m excited about our fair this year,” Teton County Fair Manager Rachel Grimes said. “I think it’s an opportunity to promote some portions of the fair that get forgotten about in the other years when there’s all the lights and grandstand events.”

Three fair staples will be held July 17-26: 4-H events, the open class horse show and the Blue Ribbon Exhibit Hall, where locals show arts, crafts, baked goods and other homey wares.

This year the list of classes for competition in the Exhibit Hall, which will be open for public viewing from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., July 23-26, is expanded.

That’s to include a novelty of the COVID-19 pandemic — mask decorating — as well as fly-tying, digital arts, upcycling and, for youth, things like friendship bracelets, selfies and tie-dyes.

Perhaps most notable is the fair’s new call to artists, who will be able to exhibit and sell painting, drawing, photography, pottery, quilts, needlework and jewelry in the Exhibit Hall.

The fair will take a laissez-faire approach to the sales, leaving interactions up to the artist and buyer. To show their work, artists will just need to register before July 19 and drop off their entries, with a sale tag, on July 21.

“As people are walking through and checking everything out, they can contact the artist directly,” Grimes said. “We’re excited to offer the space as a venue for that.”

The fair is also looking for a food truck to serve lunch during the day and local judges to rule on Exhibit Hall entries.

Grimes said five people had signed up to judge when she spoke with the News&Guide on Thursday. There are at least 10 classes in need of judges.

The window to register online for free to show your wares in the Exhibit Hall will close July 19. You can also register in person or via mail for $2 per entry until July 17.

Day-of registration is open — for $4 per adult class and $1 for youth class — on July 21 for all classes except “Farm to Fork” and “Flower Garden,” which will have day-of registration on July 22.

There are cash prizes for Exhibit Hall competitors. The winner of Best of Show is awarded $25, Division Champion receives $10 and Blue Ribbon nets $4.

Visit TinyURL.com/tcfair21 for information about the Exhibit Hall competitions.

Contact Billy Arnold at 732-7063 or barnold@jhnewsandguide.com.

Teton County Reporter

Previously the Scene editor, Billy Arnold made the switch to the county beat where he's interested in exploring Teton County as a model for the rest of the West. When he can, he still writes about art, music and whatever else suits his fancy.

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