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.

Here are the links to the Community Hall Special Contests:
Click here for page 36 of the Dill Pickle
Click here for page 37 of the Dill Pickle


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

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.

Sponsored by MANEtenance Barber Styling.

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

PSACF Junior Baking Contest - Cookies, Brownies, and Bars Contest

  • For more information, download thePSACF Special Baking Competitions
  • PRIZES: 1st $20; 2nd $15; 3rd $10

    PSACF Homemade Chocolate Cake Baking Contest

  • For more information, download thePSACF Special Baking Competitions

  • PRIZES: 1st $25; 2nd $20; 3rd $15
  • First Prize Winners of both contests are eligible for the PA 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.

    Angel Food Cake Contest

  • For more information, download thePSACF Special Baking Competitions

  • PRIZES: 1st $50; 2nd $30; 3rd $20
  • First Prize Winner is eligible for the PA Farm Show Competition
    Prizes for the PA state Winners: 1st $500; 2nd $250; 3rd $100

    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
  • Sponsored by Farm Women #17.

    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

  • You may enter any flavor of peanut butter fudge.
  • Must have 1/2 lb.
  • Sponsored by Lorin and Sandy Stough.

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

    Heaviest Pumpkin Contest

    Sponsored by Latimore Valley Farms, 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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