Want to be a judge at the next Grayson County Fair?

As we add more exhibit categories to the next Grayson County Fair, we also need to add more judges! Judging categories vary from food preservation, dried foods and kinds of vinegar, and baked goods to photography, Legos and models, quilts, sewing and more. 2 judging schools will be held soon.  I’ll be going to the first school in Blacksburg in November if you want to carpool.  The fee is $25 and it starts at 8:30 am on  Saturday, November 10, 2018, at Virginia Tech, Litton-Reaves Hall 175 West Campus Drive Blacksburg, VA 24061.  The registration form for November is here. The second is the Virginia 2019 Winter Judging School on Saturday, January 5, 2019, at The OMNI Homestead Resort, The Dominion Room Hot Springs, VA.  The form for this school is Winter 2019_Registration Form

The schools are hosted by Virginia Cooperative extension and the Caroline County Agricultural Fair Association. The purpose of the judging school is to train and certify judges for county fairs, the State Fair of Virginia, and other related competitions throughout the Commonwealth.  All instructors are certified and have taught at fair judging schools throughout Virginia, Maryland, and other neighboring states.

The course objectives include the following: Preparing individuals for evaluating indoor exhibits and helping them gain a greater understanding of state and local fairs and the educational opportunity which they present. The course also hopes to increase the knowledge of state and local fair judges regarding different evaluation systems and procedures as well as creating awareness regarding a positive experience for the exhibitors at fairs and other events. And finally to develop a pool and maintain a roster of high quality certified judges.

Participants should have some knowledge of the subject area (s) they plan to register for and are encouraged to bring samples to be discussed in the class. You can also pick up forms at the Grayson County extension office or at the Grayson Landcare/IFM office Wednesdays from 10 am to 6 pm.

Please send completed forms by mail to MACINE WILLIAMS, JUDGING SCHOOL P.O. BOX 1207 RUTHER GLEN, VA 22546  or Email: [email protected] Phone: (804) 349-2696

If you want to carpool, email Michelle at [email protected].

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