Community Hall

The Community Building will display what you and your neighbors have been growing, canning, designing, sewing, baking, drawing, painting, and taking pictures of during the past year. Rules, categories, and prizes are listed below. There is something for everyone! Special categories offered this year are the Blue Ribbon Apple Pie Contest, PA Preferred's Greatest Cocoa Cake and Chocolate Cookie Recipe Contests, Public Auction of Baked Goods, Apple Dumpling Contest, Dill Pickle Contest, Pumpkin Pie, Blueberry Pie, and Whoopie Pie Contests, Peanut Butter Fudge Contest, Heaviest Pumpkin Contest and a Drop Sugar Cookies Contest.


Event Date Time
Exhibit Entry Tuesday 6:00-9:00pm
Exhibit Entry Wednesday 5:00-9:00pm
Exhibit Entry Thursday 8:00-11:00am
Exhibits Open to the Public Thursday 5:30-10:00pm
Open to Handicapped and Seniors ONLY Friday 9:30am-12:00pm
Exhibits Open to the Public Friday 12:00-10:00pm
Exhibits Open to the Public Saturday 8:00am-10:00pm
Exhibit Removal Saturday 10:00-11:00 pm
Exhibit Removal Sunday 9:00 am-5:00 pm

For a full listing of this year's departments and prizes see The Dill Pickle.

Please note that we have INCREASED THE PREMIUMS for some of the pies, cakes, quilts, and honey this year!

Special Events and Contests

Crop Art

Crop Art 3D
Entries in this category are to be three-dimensional sculptures of whatever support material is chosen covered entirely with dry seeds and/or beans. Clay, foam, natural or manmade objects may be used as the base material but no portion of this base is to be visible. No glue or supports are to be visible. Entire work must be covered with seeds so no props can be used. Work should be displayed on a board or support that is also completely covered with seeds. Entire installation must fit inside a 16”x16”x16” area. Submitted artwork will be judged on overall artistic merit.

Traditional Crop Art
This contest calls for entrants to create a piece of artwork entirely out of dry seeds and beans. Entries in this category would include but are not limited to portraits, landscapes, and other pictures that would normally be painted. Submitted artwork will be judged on overall artistic merit, cleverness of subject, technique, originality, and skill. The natural color of the seeds and beans provides the only pigment to the pictures as no paint or dyes are allowed. Only seeds and beans that are used for crops that can be grown in Pennsylvania may be used. No portion of the seedpod is to be used in the artwork. The artwork is to be completely and exclusively created from whole and unadulterated naturally colored seeds and beans. Seeds should be affixed permanently to the flat surface with a clear or invisible adhesive. Seed portion of artwork must be less than ¾” thick. (If work is mounted on ½” thick board the total thickness of entry must be less than 1 ¼’.) Seeds may be layered or partially layered on top of one another as long as the total thickness doesn’t exceed ¾”. Crop Art pictures are to be no larger than 400 square inches in area and mounted on a stiff flat board such as plywood. It is not necessary that the board be rectangular. Pictures may have frames but frames are not required. No portion of mounting board is to be visible. Mounting board must be completely covered with seeds. There should not be glass or plastic covering the artwork. An unsigned 4” by 6” legend card must accompany the artwork with samples of the seeds used in the artwork clearly and neatly identified.

PRIZES: 1st $100.00; 2nd, $75.00; 3rd, $50.00;

For more information, download the Crop Art Contest Info

Apple Pie Contest

Sponsored by Paulus Orchard.

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED by October 13th. Forms and entry guidelines are available from Paulus Orchard, 522 East Mount Airy Road, Dillsburg.

PRIZES: 1st $125.00; 2nd, $75.00; 3rd, $50.00;

Blueberry Pie Contest

Sponsored by Kiwanis of Dillsburg.

Pies in 8" or 9" aluminum throwaway pie pans. Pies will be judged on crust, filling, and flavor. Pies may be one or two crusts.

PRIZES: 1st $100.00; 2nd, $75.00; 3rd, $50.00; 4th $25.00

Pumpkin Pie Contest

Pies in 8" or 9" aluminum throwaway pie pans. Pies will be judged on crust, filling, and flavor.

Sponsored by Oak Grove Farms.

PRIZES: 1st $100.00; 2nd, $75.00; 3rd, $50.00; 4th, $25.00.

Whoopie Pie Contest

Pies in 2.5" or 3" diameter in any flavor. Plate of 4 individually wrapped in clear plastic. Pies will be judged on cake, texture, filling, and flavor.

PRIZES: 1st $100.00; 2nd, $75.00; 3rd, $50.00; 4th, $25.00.

PA Preferred Chocolate Classic Cookie, Brownie & Bars Contest

  • Plate of six (6) made from scratch
  • A minimum of 1/4 cup Cocoa must be used in the recipe
  • Display on a doily covered cardboar
  • Entry open to youth only (age 8 to 18)
  • Individual must be a Pennsylvania resident
  • Recipe must accompany the entry
  • At least 2 ingredients must be PA Preferred products. Ingredients must be identified in the recipe as PA Preferred. A list of these can be found at the website.
  • PRIZES: 1st $20; 2nd $15; 3rd $10

    PA Preferred Chocolate Cake Contest

  • The layered cake must be made from scratch and frosted (Original recipes encouraged)
  • A minimum of 1/4 cup Cocoa must be used in the recipe
  • If the cake is frosted with chocolate frosting, Hershey Cocoa must be used in the recipe
  • Display on a doily-covered cardboard
  • Must be a Pennsylvania resident
  • Recipe must accompany the entry
  • At least 2 ingredients must be PA Preferred products. Ingredients must be identified in the recipe as PA Preferred. A list of these can be found at the website.
  • PRIZES: 1st $25; 2nd $20; 3rd $15
  • First Prize Winners of both contests are eligible for 2013 Farm Show Competition Prizes for the PSACF Cake Winner: 1st $500; 2nd $250; 3rd $100 Prizes for the PSACF Baking Chips Cookie/Brownie/Bar winner: 1st $250; 2nd $100; 3rd $50. SPONSORS: PSACF and the PA State Association of County Fairs.

    Angel Food Cake Contest

  • Open to any individual who is a resident of Pennsylvania
  • Entrants may NOT have won 1st place in this Angel Food Cake contest or at any other fair in 2012
  • Entry must be an Angel Food Cake made from "Scratch".
  • Pennsylvania produced & packaged eggs are requested to be used if at all possible. Please look for the PEQAP or PA Preferred logo or PA packaging dates on the carton.
  • Refrigeration is NOT available at the Fair or PA Farm Show. Entries that require refrigeration after baking must indicate so in the recipe. Those entries will not be sold, auctioned or otherwise distributed for consumption after the judging for food safety reasons.
  • Cake entry must be submitted for judging on cardboard.
  • Recipe(s) listing the ingredients and the preparation instructions must be submitted with the entry (Printed on one side of 8 1/2" x 11" size paper.) Entrant's name, address and phone number must be printed on the back of the page.
  • PRIZES: 1st $55; 2nd $45; 3rd $35
  • First Prize Winner is eligible for 2013 PA Farm Show Competition Prizes for the PA state Winners: 1st $500; 2nd $250; 3rd $100 Sponsors: Pennsylvania's Egg Farmers & PA State Assoc. of County Fairs.

    Vegetable Quick Bread Contest

  • Ingredients must include one cup or more of Pennsylvania grown vegetable
  • Judging Criteria: Overal Appearance; Inside Characteristics (Texture and Doneness); Flavor; Creativity.
  • Individual must be a Pennsylvania resident
  • PRIZES: 1st $60; 2nd $50; 3rd $40; 4th $25

    Homemade Ice Cream Churn-Off

    Sponsored by Seifert Woodcrafts. Thursday night, there will be a Homemade Ice Cream Churn-Off starting at 6:00 p.m. All contestants must pre-register by October 8th.

  • Must have hand turn ice cream freezer. Any flavor of ice cream may be used.
  • Must be pre-mixed with pasteurized eggs and ready to turn at 6:00 p.m.
  • Must have water-proof tub to hold freezer. Ice and salt will be provided.
  • Four Prizes: 1st: $100.00; 2nd: $75.00; 3rd: $50.00; 4th: $25.00 After the ice cream is judged, free samples will be available to the public.

    Apple Dumpling Contest

    Sponsored by Haar's Inc. and Hardy's Auction Service.

  • Dumplings must be baked in individual disposible tins.
  • Contestants must have two dumplings.
  • Any kind of apple can be used.
  • Four Prizes: 1st: $100.00; 2nd: $75.00; 3rd: $50.00; 4th: $25.00

    Peanut Butter Fudge Contest

    Sponsored by Susquehanna Valley Insulators, Inc..

  • You may enter any flavor of peanut butter fudge.
  • Must have 1/2 lb.
  • Four Prizes: 1st: $100.00; 2nd: $75.00; 3rd: $50.00; 4th: $25.00

    Heaviest Pumpkin Contest

    Sponsored by Susquehanna Valley Insulaters, Inc.

    Four Prizes: 1st: $100.00; 2nd: $75.00; 3rd: $50.00; 4th: $25.00

    Dill Pickle Contest

    Sponsored by the Dillsburg Area Business Association

  • Pickles must be homegrown.
  • They should be whole dill pickles in a quart jar with rings.
  • Pickles will be judged on color, taste, appearance, uniformity, and firmness.
  • An area Heinz sales representative will do the judging.
  • One entry per household.
  • Four Prizes: 1st: $100.00; 2nd: $75.00; 3rd: $50.00; 4th: $25.00

    Special Sewing Contest

    Category 1: Dresses made by Adults

    Prizes: 1st: $50.00; 2nd: $25.00; 3rd: $15.00; 4th: $10.00

    Category 2: Dresses made by Youth

    Prizes: 1st: $50.00; 2nd: $25.00; 3rd: $15.00; 4th: $10.00

    1. Items must have been made by the exhibitor since the close of last Farmer's Fair.
    2. Any soiled or stained articles will not be accepted.
    3. One entry per person per category.
    4. Sewing will be judged on:
      • Material - Appropriateness, quality, color, design
      • Design - Simplicity of line, harmony of color, appropriateness
      • Workmanship - Method of construction, choice and execution of stiches.

    Cross Cut Saw Contest

    Sponsored by Diller Nursery. On Thursday night at 8:30 pm there will be an old fashion cross cut saw contest. Get a partner and join in the fun. The Fair will furnish the saw and wood. The 2 person team will be judged on smoothness and the time it took to complete the cut. Judge will be Clair Zeiders. Sign up 6:00 to 8:00 pm.


    MALE TEAM: 18 YEARS AND OVER 1st:$50.00; 2nd:$35.00; 3rd:$15.00

    FEMALE TEAM: 18 YEARS AND OVER 1st:$50.00; 2nd:$35.00; 3rd:$15.00

    MIXED COUPLES: 18 YEARS AND OVER 1st:$50.00; 2nd:$35.00; 3rd:$15.00

    Beef and Bologna Samples

    Sponsored by Weaver's


    Sponsored by Longenecker's Hatchery

    Cider Samples

    Saturday 11:00 am to 6:30 pm

    Mums were generously donated by

    Quality Greenhouses.

    Largest Sunflower Contest

    Sponsored by Ken Doll General Repairs & Auto Sales

    Prizes: lst $80.00; 2nd $40.00; 3rd $20.00; 4th $10.00

    Ice Cream Samples

    Sponsored by Jan Wiley and Associates & Cocklin's Funeral Home, The Dillsburg Banner and William Wessels Used Cars. Take your sweetheart (and your sweet tooth) to our "Ice Cream Social" on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at various times

    Exhibit Rules and Regulations

  • The public may enter articles for display at the Dillsburg Community Hall (located behind the Fire Hall) on Tuesday evening, from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm; Wednesday evening, from 6:00 pm. until 9:00 pm and Thursday morning, from 8:00 am until 11:00 am All entries must be completed by 11:00 am.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Department 19 Art Work & Photography (Photography is for Amateurs Only) - THERE HAS BEEN A CHANGE IN ENTRY TIMES. Entry times are Tuesday from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm and Wednesday from 9:00 am to 9 pm. THERE WILL BE NO ENTRIES RECEIVED THURSDAY MORNING due to setting up and hanging of the artwork and photography. Also, no more than three (3) entries in each division per person and they cannot have been entered in the Fair before. All pictures must have wires or hooks for hanging.
  • The Chairman of the department may at their discretion refuse any and all exhibits after the above dates and hours.
  • Judging will begin at 11:00 am Thursday.
  • Department superintendents may enter exhibits in their own departments, but neither they nor any other exhibitor may communicate with the judges during the time of determining the awards, except to answer questions proposed by the judges.
  • Any exhibitor interfering with the judges while making awards shall forfeit any premium to which he would otherwise be entitled. Entered exhibits may not be withdrawn.
  • No exhibits may be removed from display before 10:00 pm Saturday, and then only on presentation of CLAIM STUB. Hours for removing exhibits are Saturday at 10:00 pm to 11:00 pm, Sunday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
  • Premium cards and ribbons must be displayed for the duration of the fair. Failure to do so will be cause to forfeit cash awards.
  • The Fair Association assumes no responsibility for loss or damage to exhibits from any cause. The Fair Association will exercise care in handling the exhibits, but only on these conditions are they accepted.
  • In absence of competition, right is reserved to award a premium the article merits.
  • All exhibits must have been made, grown, produced or processed by the exhibitor or some of his family within the past year.
  • No prizes or ribbons will be awarded for an article, which does not come under a class in the premium list. Prize money will be mailed within 30 days.
  • While it is the desire of the Association to pay all premiums in full, should a contingency arise whereby the receipts of the Association are insufficient to do so, then in that event the right is reserved to pay prorate in all exhibition classes after deducting expenses and the amount so paid shall discharge the obligation of the Association of the current
  • All exhibits must be removed from the Community Hall on Saturday, between 10:00 and 11:00 p.m. and between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Sunday. After such time, all remaining articles will be disposed of as the Chairman shall deem proper. Any proceeds realized shall be placed in the Association Treasury.
  • Community Hall will be closed during parades on Friday night and Saturday night.

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