Do you want to enter the Saratoga County Fair’s talent show or show off your fantastic produce? Or, are you a student looking to get a degree in agriculture, or a related field?
The great Saratoga County Fair may be a few months away, but exhibitors are already preparing and students are currently applying for a scholarship program! Here are the details and deadlines for both.
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2017 New York State Association of Agricultural Fairs/New York State Showpeople’s Association Scholarship Program
Up to ten scholarships of $1,000 each will be awarded to students this year through the NYSAAF/NYSSA scholarship program! This program is available to students who meet the following criteria:
- Are New York State residents
- Are currently or have previously been active in a fair that is a member of NYSAAF or NYSSA
- Plan to attend, or already attend, a college in pursuit of a degree
The fair where the students have been active must endorse the application and will then submit it for you.
However, additional consideration may be given to applicants who are pursuing a degree in a field related to agriculture, fair management, or the outdoor amusement business. Therefore, if you are a student in one of the aforementioned fields you should definitely still throw your hat in the ring. All are encouraged to apply.
The deadline for scholarship applicants is April 8th.
Competitive departments include animals, produce, arts and crafts, antiques, a talent show, pageants, and more. Each department then has its own categories – the antiques department alone has over 1,000 different categories in which to compete!
The deadline for exhibitors to enter is July 8th at 5pm.
Get the handbooks and additional information for exhibitors here >>
Find rules for exhibitions, competitions, and more here >>
The deadline may seem like it’s far away, but exhibitor categories are announced far ahead of the Fair in order to give applicants a chance to properly prepare. Pie recipes can be tweaked, livestock can be trained, and talent show routines can be perfected.
“Preparing for the Fair is as important as the week of the Fair, because it is the preparation and hard work that is rewarded with the ribbons and prizes,” said Jeff Townsend, Executive Director and General Manager of the Fair. “Fair Week is the celebration of the journey to be named the best at what you choose to be each year.”
The 2017 Saratoga County Fair is July 18th to the 23rd.