If you want to enter something in the 2013 Wayne County Fair, time is growing short.
— If you want to enter something in the 2013 Wayne County Fair, time is growing short.
"People need to be aware of this," said Diane Mott, fair secretary.
With that, Mott is encouraging everyone to get a copy of the Premium Book, which is currently available.
Most fair entires have to be in by July 1, which is just a couple of weeks away.
The Premium Book includes all the information you need to know about entering something into the fair.
Entries range from jellies to photography to animals.
Mott said the book informs people how to enter, the schedules, all of the categories, the rules and regulations and much more.
It also has information about the three big events at the fair — Woodsmen's competition, truck pull and tractor pull.
"This book gives you all of the details," said Mott.
The book also includes information about two other very important categories at the fair.
One is the 4-H entries, which is handled through the Wayne County Extension Office. Entrants must be enrolled in 4-H to compete at the fair.
The other is the junior division, which is for youth ages five to 18. You don't have to be a 4-H member to enter into this category.
The bulk of the book is for the open classes, which are entries by anyone. Mott said there is a wide variety of categories for people with a wide range of talent.
"It coming quickly," said Mott of the approaching July 1 deadline.
Mott said the reason there is a July 1 deadline is all of the preparation work which has to be done prior to the fair, which this year is scheduled for Aug. 2-10.
Each entry has to have a tag made, she said, and those tags are mailed back to the entrants.
Almost more importantly, the sheer volume of entries means a lot of logistics have to be determined prior to the fair.
As an example, Mott said someone who is entering a photograph needs to let fair officials know the important information including the category.
"We don't need to know what the photo is," she said.
The reason is that fair officials have to have a firm handle on the number of entries so they can determine the display area for each category.
There is an entry fee of $2 per person. Mott emphasized that fee covers all entries of one person. If someone has five different entries, it's still just $2.
She also emphasized the fair board pays out $30,000 in prize money over all of the categories.
Most of that money, she said, comes from admission fees paid by the patrons to the fair.
"That's what pretty much funds everything," said Mott.
The premium books for this year's fair are available online by visiting www.wayecountyfair.com.
Hard copies of the books are also available at the following locations:
• Bethany Farm & Garden in Bethany.
• Callicoon Supply, Delaware Valley Farm & Garden and Sullivan County Democrat in Callicoon.
• Cochecton Mills in Cochecton.
• Greentown Agway in Greentown.
• Hunter's Gallery in Hamlin.
• Volger's Feed Store in Hawley.
• Dirlam Brothers Lumber Co., Honesdale Farm & Garden, Honesdale Spreading, Trackside Grill and Wayne County Visitor's Center in Honesdale.
• Lake Ariel Farm & Garden in Lake Ariel.
• Person Country Market in Lake Como.
• Lookout General Store in Lookout.
• Moscow Agway in Moscow.
• Narrowsburg Feed & Grain in Narrowsburg.
• Woody Kitchen in Pleasant Mount.
• Diana's Place in Tyler Hill.
• Waymart Milling in Waymart.
Anyone who would like more information can visit the website or call 570-253-5486.
This will be the 151st Wayne County Fair and the featured performer is country music upstart Justin Moore, who has had a number one hit entitled "Small Town USA."