SANDWICH – Entering a competition at the 132nd Sandwich Fair is the highlight of the year for many men, women and children who enjoy participating in different categories, whether it’s collecting milk bottles, old toys or antiques.
It could be they feel they’d just like to compete against other bakers, knitters, canners, jewelry makers, photographers, gardeners, rug hookers, doll makers, painters or hundreds of other fields of interest.
Winning ribbons from the Sandwich Fair can be a thrill since there are so many individuals who exhibit in earlier Illinois county fairs, then enter their blue-ribbon winners at the Sandwich Fair, the last fair of the season. In addition, premiums are paid for first, second and third place.
It’s time to get ready because both open and junior entry forms must be postmarked or received by 6 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Sandwich Fair’s office, 1401 Suydam Road, Sandwich, IL 60548, or the Sandwich Fair Association, P.O. Box 129, Sandwich, IL 60548, or entering online at sandwichfair.com.
The entry fee for all categories is $20 for the Open (adult) Show; and $8 for the Junior Show that’s open to exhibitors ages 8 to 19, with Oct. 1 of the previous year the determining date for age verification. However, FFA members are eligible to show the summer immediately after their senior year in high school. Junior Show forms are yellow in the exhibitor guide. There are two different junior forms, one for livestock and one for general entries.
The entries will be on display during the historic Sandwich Fair, scheduled this year from Sept. 4 through Sept. 8, on its oak-shaded fairgrounds. Seeds, grains, vegetables, fruits, plants and flowers will be in the eight-sided Horticulture Building; photography, arts, crafts, dolls, jewelry, wreaths, dried arrangements, handmade furniture, handcarved art, and oil and water paintings will be in the Arts and Crafts Building; antiques and collectibles in the Collections Building; and sewing, canning, baking, knitting, crocheting and stitching in the Victorian-style yellow Home Arts Building.
Daily ticket admission into the fairgrounds is $10 for adults; $6 for children ages 6 through 12; and free for children ages 5 and younger. Five-day season tickets in advance or at the gate cost $22 for adults and $8 for children. Parking at the fairgrounds is free with admission.