The 73rd annual Southeast Arkansas District Fair will accept individual educational Home Economics exhibits from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Hestand Stadium Fairgrounds, 420 N. Blake St.
Residents from 17 Southeast Arkansas counties are eligible to enter the SEARK District Fair. Counties include Arkansas, Ashley, Bradley, Calhoun, Chicot, Cleveland, Dallas, Desha, Drew, Faulkner, Grant, Jefferson, Lincoln, Lonoke, Ouachita, Prairie, and White.
The Home Economics departments correspond with the Arkansas State Fair, according to Mary Ann Kizer, Jefferson County family and consumer sciences agent and Home Economics superintendent.
Home Economics departments and their assistant superintendents are:
• Needlework and Sewing – Elizabeth Crosby and Sarah Payton
• Creative Stitchery – Cherie Aronowitz, Cindy Baraszczewski, Frances Dilbeck, Sue Heinze, Suzanne Hulse, Debbie James, Lucy Meeks and Marjorie Zuber
• Crafts – Peggie Barbaree, Patsy Glover, Judy Griffin, Jimmie Lee Edwards, Emily Jo Duckworth, Kaye Richardson and Linda Toler
• Photography – Jo Ann Carr and Connie Herrin
• Art – Geneva Gray, Bettye B. Johnson, Cathy Lewis, Kathy Rogers, Wanda Strickland
• Food Preservation and Honey – Karen Fox, Kaye Green, Carolyn Harness, Ray Harness, Mary A. Hufty, and Joyce Wilson
• Baked Goods – Judy Cox, Dixie Fritz and Nancy Rosen
• Youth, Juniors, and Adults with Disabilities – Deloris Kelley, Dee Kindrick and Brenda Robinson
Divisions include: Youth (12 years and under), Junior (13 to 18 years) and Adult (19 years and up).
Entry forms, rules and entry tags may be obtained at the Jefferson County Extension Office , 500 Idaho St.
Carr reminds photographers that photography entries must be 8” x 10” and matted within an 11” x 14” mat. They must have a stiff backing no thicker than the mat board. No frames or glass are allowed for photography in accordance with the state fair.
Home Economics individual educational entries will be judged Monday. Each entry will receive a blue, red or white ribbon. Checks for monetary awards will be mailed after the fair closes.
Quilts are among the favorite exhibits at the fair. They are works of art and involve many hours of hand sewing. The Pine Bluff Quilt Guild will hang quilts from rods near the ceiling and on racks. They will be ready for viewing when the fair opens Tuesday.
Jimmie Lee Edwards taught chair caning for Grace Willing Workers Extension Homemakers Club and for Shepherd’s Center. Edwards encourages her students to enter their projects in the fair.
The Food Preparation category will be supervised by Cox, Fritz and Rosen. Edible baked goods will be tasted for quality before being awarded a ribbon. Only six cookies are needed to enter the cookie division.
The amateur cake decorating division allows the use of cake mixes, props and dummies. Cakes should be exhibited on a disposable base and will be judged on appearance only.
Bakers and cake decorators are asked to check entry rules so they bring the correct number of cookies or muffins for entry. Whole cakes are entered but may be picked up after judging with only a few slices left for display.
Crosby and Payton will display Clothing Department entries including dresses, shirts, baby clothes and other sewn items.
With the downturn in the economy, gardeners have found it cheaper to can their own produce. Food Preservation is the largest department at the fair. Ball/Kerr awards will be receive gift cards from Jarden Home Brands.
Home Economics fair entries must be picked up between 1-3 p.m. Sept. 30. Best of Show and Grand Awards may be entered in the State Fair in Little Rock.
During fair week, Extension Homemakers from Ashley, Arkansas, Calhoun, Lincoln, Drew, Grant, Cleveland and Bradley counties will serve as hostesses during the day.
Jefferson County Extension Homemaker Club members will hostess each night, including White Hall Willing Workers — Tuesday; members-at-large — Sept. 26; Grace Willing Workers — Sept. 27; Camden Road — Sept. 28, and Lunch Bunch on Sept. 29.
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The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service and Jefferson County Extension Homemakers Clubs are open all eligible persons without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (large print, audiotapes, etc.) should notify the county Extension office (or other appropriate office) as soon as possible prior to an activity.