The Fair offers many exciting contests where everyone can enter and show their skills!!

***Contests DO NOT include Fair Admission****

Twitter & Instagram Scavenger Hunt

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Participants will solve clues to find hunt items, take pictures of items, and post to Twitter or Instagram with the following mentions/tag @MoCoFair, @CountyCableMoCo. This free and fun scavenger hunt is brought to you by The Montgomery County Agricultural Fair and County Cable Montgomery, the local cable channel that ensures residents have access to open government through video.

Scavenger Hunt Items: 

  1. Who is both an artist and a lumberjack?
  2. What is a work of art that “flushes?”
  3. This guy makes cool things out of metal.
  4. Nom, nom, nom.
  5. It's fast it's fun and it makes you scream.
  6. They are modern day heros.
  7. They sell cool stuff in a “chilly” place.
  8. There are no chicken “wings” here, but there sure is a lot of fun for children.
  9. We are not judging them, in our opinion they are all winners!
  10. This place is “electric” and entertaining.
  11. Take a picture of soon to be Moooothers in this place.

Wild Cards: 

  1. What's red and yellow and morphs before your eyes?
  2. You will flip over this family!
  3. Come visit a chilly place to try some Funtastic Foods.


  1. The hunt begins with the first successful post on Twitter or Instagram that fulfills the requirements for posting.
  2. Each participant must capture images of all of the scavenger hunt items listed and satisfactorily post on Twitter or Instagram to be eligible to win a prize. Successfully capturing and posting wild card images are not necessary to be eligible for a prize, but they give you a better chance of winning. 
  3. All pictures must be taken at the 2018 Montgomery County Agricultural Fair. If the judges cannot verify that a photo was taken at the fair this year, it will not be accepted. Duplicate photos do not qualify for additional credit or for other accounts.
  4. Satisfactorily Posting on Twitter or Instagram – Each post on Twitter or Instagram must include the photo, a mention/tag of @MoCoFair and a mention/tag of @CountyCableMoCo. Posts without a photo and both mentions/tags will not qualify.
  5. Each participant must post to his or her own Twitter account. No combined efforts between two or more accounts will be accepted.
  6. A lottery style drawing will determine which qualified participant receives prizes. Entries will not be accepted after 7pm on Saturday August 18th.
  7. Wild Card posts increase chances to win!


  • Participants that satisfactorily post all of the scavenger hunt items become eligible for the prize drawings. Daily winners selected by 3pm each day.
  • Participants that post the wild card items will have a greater chance of winning the overall drawing.
  • Winners will be announced August 27th and notified via Twitter or Instagram direct message.
  • Winners of the Grand Prize and First Prize will have until September 10th to pick up their prizes. Winners of the Second, Third and Fourth Prizes may choose to pick up their prizes no later than September 10th or choose to receive them via US Mail. Daily winners can pick up their prizes in the Ag Fair office. Each winner must verify their Twitter or Instagram account.


Prizes: Awarded at close of fair. Winners notified via Twitter direct message.

Amazon Gift Card - $75

Regal Cinemas Gift Card - $50

Chili's Restaurant Group Gift Card - $40
Maggianos | Chili's | Macaroni Grill | On the Border

Starbucks Gift Card - $30

Daily Prizes: $5 in Fair Bucks – Good towards purchase of Fair food items from participating vendors. NO CASH VALUE AND NO CASH BACK.


Contact for additional information.

Facebook Cash Selfie Contest


To take the ultimate selfie at the Fair and win $70! Winners will be announced daily during the nine days of the Fair. A random winner will be chosen each evening, announced on Facebook, and notified via Facebook. The objective of this contest is to expand the Montgomery County Agricultural Center’s (MCAC) social media presence through photo documentation of the event and contest winners.

Equipment needed:

Smart phone and the ability to post the picture onto Facebook.

How to play:

Fair patrons will have to go to the Official Fair Facebook page, to post their photo with the hashtag #mocofair under the daily contest thread.  One selfie is permitted per individual and must include the following mention to be eligible for the cash prize: #mocofair All Facebook posts for this contest must be made PUBLIC for viewing by the Fair Social Media Committee.

All participants grant the use of their photo entry for promotional purposes by the MCAC on our social media outlets including but not limited to, Facebook, MCAC website, Instagram and others to advertise the contest, that we have a winner, and to encourage participation in the contest throughout the duration of the Fair as well as for other advertising purposes in print and online media.



Photo MUST be taken at the 2018 Montgomery County Fair to be eligible for the chance to win.

Inappropriate content will not be tolerated and will be deleted from the Fair’s Facebook page if posted.

There will be a random winner selected each evening of Fair. Either a Facebook video will be used to announce the winner or a comment to the winner will be posted on the contest thread.  Once the winner is selected we will notify them on Facebook via direct message. If the winner has not responded within seven days, they will be disqualified.

This contest is for General Admission Fair Patrons who have purchased or have been provided with a complimentary ticket, and is intended to promote the Fair and boost our social media presence in the community. No Fair employee, Board Member, Jr. Board Member, Royalty, Volunteer, Contractor, Life Member, Associate Member, Vendor, Concessionaire, Honorary Member, Exhibitor, Boy Scout Troop 447 member or other person providing services to the Montgomery County Fair is eligible to win the cash prize. 

The prize will only be awarded to an individual one time. Participation is encouraged all nine days, however each individual will only have one opportunity to win.

Each winner will get a check mailed to them for the $70 prize within ten business days after the Fair ends.

My Best Fair Photo Contest

The Arts, Crafts, Hobbies and Photography Department is holding a special contest, My Best Fair Photo, during the 2018 Fair!

There will be three themed contests during the week:
Theme 1 “Children of All Ages”:  Entries received noon Sunday, 8/12 through noon on Tuesday, 8/14.  Judging will be held the evening of 8/14.

Theme 2 “Fair Flavors”:  Entries received from noon Tuesday, 8/14 through noon Thursday, 8/16.  Judging will be held the evening of 8/16.

Theme 3 “Moovin Around the Fair”:  Entries received from noon Thursday, 8/16 through noon Saturday, 8/18.  Judging will be held the evening of 8/18.

Theme 4 "Fair Montage" Entries received by noon on Saturday, 8/18. Judging will be held on the evening of 8/18.

Only one entry per person per contest will be accepted.  Entries will be received in the Arts, Crafts, Hobbies, and Photography building (Building #3) from 12noon to 8pm daily starting Sunday, August 12.  Entrants must come to the building to fill out the entry form and submit their picture which must be in jpeg format only.

Ribbons will be awarded to the first, second, and third place photos.  A champion for each contest will be selected from the first place winners and will receive a Family 4-pack of tickets to the 2019 Montgomery County Agricultural Fair.

The special contest entries can be picked up on release Sunday, August 19, from 1-4pm. 

Ice Cream Eating Contest

Join us for our third annual ice cream eating contest, sponsored and brought to you by Rock Hill Orchard / Woodbourne Creamery!  There will be three contests divided by age: children 5 - 11, teens 12 - 18, and adults, 18 and over.  

The contest will be held Monday, August 13, 2018 at 5:30pm.  

Please view the official Ice Cream Eating Contest Entry and Participation Rules and contact Rock Hill Orchard / Woodbourne Creamery if you have any questions at 301-831-7427.  You must register at Woodbourne Creamery or at the Fair Office. 

Invitational Amateur Cheese Carving Contest

Tuesday, August 14th, 10:30 am, near the Cheese Booth

Free-form art sculpturing. With a 2-pound block of cheese, you have 30 minutes to carve your masterpiece. Come with your ideas. Awards are given out for the most imaginative, finest art, most Fair related, etc. Everyone gets a ribbon. Afterwards, don’t forget to visit the Cheese Booth to have one of the Fair’s famous grilled cheese sandwiches and to see your artwork displayed behind the Cheese Booth in the Cheese House!
If you would like to register, call Debbie Malone at 301-972-0063 or e-mail

Deadline for Registering is July 23, 2018

1. Number of participants is limited to 12.
2. Must be an amateur carver.
3. Fair will provide a block of cheese and some plastic clay carving tools. You are welcome to bring your own tools (paring knife, etc.)
4. Entries will be displayed in the Butter House for the remainder of the Fair.
5. Participants must be at least 12 years old.
6. A confirmation letter for sign-ups will be mailed prior to event.

Veggie 500 Races

Sponsored by Butler’s Orchard
Saturday, Aug. 11, from 2:30–4pm in the Buffalo Wild Wings KidZone
Chairman: Angela Butler, 301-916-5294

Create and race a car made out of vegetables. Car base with wheels and a track provided. Vegetables and toothpicks provided. You may bring your own special veggie. Use your imagination and have fun! You may take your veggie creation home and make your own yummy vegetable soup.

1. No pre-registration; arrive at the race location 1 hour prior to event.
2. All entries must be assembled on the spot.
3. Once entries are assembled, race heats will commence. We even have a special checkered flag!
4. Participants under the age of eight must have an adult assistant.
5. All participants will receive participation stickers.
6. Please join us and help us cheer on the participants.

Amateur Flower Arranging Contest

Sunday, Aug. 12, at 10am at the Heritage in the Garden Room

- Limited to the first 25 registrants.
- To participate please register with the Fair Office at 301-926-3100 x205, beginning July 1st.

- Flowers & supplies provided
- Bring your own equipment.
- All arrangements will be used in the Garden Room of the Heritage for luncheons during the Fair.
- For more information call (301) 926-3100 x205.


Coloring Contest

August 10th – 18th

Note: The file below may need to be downloaded to your computer in order to print properly. Right click on the link below and choose “Save Target As …” or “Save Link As …” to download the PDF file for printing.

Coloring Contest Page

1. Use your imagination and color the pictures.
2. Fill in the form above.
3. Take your completed picture to the Fair Office at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds during the annual Montgomery County Agricultural Fair.
4. Entries will not be accepted after the last day of the Fair. A winner will be selected in each of the following age categories and will receive a $25 cash prize.

You Be The Judge: Baby Blankets for Preemie Babies


  1. Preemie blankets must be made by the exhibitor.
  2. Preemie blankets can be Crocheted, Knitted, or Sewn.
  3. Size of preemie blankets should be no smaller than 12 inches square and no larger than 16 inches square.
  4. If blanket is sewn in the quilting style, do not use batting and make sure teh backing is flannel.
  5. Do not use decorations that could become a choking hazard to the baby.
  6. If you have any questions please contact Karen Gillis at 301-869-0766. 
  7. All entries become the property of the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair and will be donated to the Holy Cross NICU.
  8. Special thanks to Friendship Star Quilters for Coordinating the donations.


Bring your items to the Home Arts Building (top of Building 6) during normal fair registration hours.

Thursday August 9th from 2PM to 8PM or Friday August 10th from 2PM to 8PM


  1. Voting will be held from Sunday August 12 thru Wednesday August 15 from 10AM to 9PM.
  2. Winners will be notified by phone by end of day Friday August 17.

A special awards presentation will be held in the Home Arts Building On Saturday August 18 at 7PM.


Project G Street

New teams, new theme, same prizes!!!

The Home Arts Department will once again host a sewing contest sponsored by G Street Fabrics.

Contest Details:
Teams will pick up contest materials on Thursday, August 9th, and sew at the Fair in the Garden Room on Saturday, August 11th.

The 1st Place team will win a $300 gift certificate to G Street Fabrics; 2nd Place will win a $200 gift certificate; 3rd Place will win a $100 gift certificate.

Contact Information:
Chairman, Mary Hogan, 443-910-2450

Toilet & Toilet Seat Decorating Sponsored by Stang Plumbing

Located near Building 3.

1. All toilets and toilet seats must be cleaned and sanitized.
2. Toilets and toilet seats will not be furnished by the Fair.
3. Entries can be pre-registered using the form below and mailed to:
         Montgomery County Agricultural Fair
         Attn: Special Contest (Toilet Decorating)
         16 Chestnut Street, Gaithersburg, MD 20877
4. Entries are open to all residents of Montgomery County and Life Members of the Fair.
5. All entries must be able to withstand all types of weather, as they will be displayed outside.
6. Judging will be based on creativity and originality.
7. All entries must be taken to the designated area across from Building 3 on Friday, August 10, from 2pm - 8pm. (Please come to the Fair Office and ask for Lynn if you have any questions)
8. All entries must be picked up on Sunday, August 19, from 1pm–3 pm. Any entry not picked up by this time becomes the property of the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair.
9. The committee chairperson reserves the right to refuse any objectionable exhibit.

Toilet Classes: 1 - Fair Theme. 2 - Toilet Theme.
Prizes: 1st: $50, 2nd: $30, 3rd: $20, 4th: $10, 5th: $10

Toilet Seat Classes: 1 - Fair Theme. 2 - Toilet Theme.
Prizes: 1st: $20, 2nd: $15, 3rd: $10, 4th: $5, 5th: $5

Maryland’s Largest Homemade Cheese Contest

Entry times:
Thursday, August 9th from 2-8pm or Friday, August 10th from 2-8pm, or Sunday, August 12 from 10-12noon, located in the Home Arts Building.

Judging will begin at 1:00pm in the Home Art Building

The Home Arts Department will host a contest for homemade cheese. All skill levels are welcome to compete. Fresh cheeses must be made with pasteurized milk. Raw milk cheeses must be aged at least 60 days.

Watch the judging LIVE and join us after to taste the cheeses and meet the competitors!

Fresh Cheese’s:

  1. Cow’s Milk Plain
  2. Cow’s Milk Flavored Sweet
  3. Cow’s Milk Flavored Savory
  4. Goat’s Milk Plain
  5. Goat’s Milk Flavored Sweet
  6. Goat’s Milk Flavored Savory

Aged Cheese’s:

  1. Cow’s Milk Plain
  2. Cow’s Milk Flavored
  3. Goat’s Milk Plain
  4. Goat
  5. S Milk Flavored
  6. Sheep’s Milk
  7. Other or Mixed Milk


Chairperson, Alicia Clugh, 301-468-6882 or

Home Brew Competition

The Home Brew Competition is cancelled for 2018 due to scheduling conflicts. 

Please check back for 2019!

Home Wine Competition

Entry Deadline: Saturday, August 11 at 5pm
Entry form can be found online
Bring bottles in to the Fair Office
Entry Fee $2.00 per class
Rules found online at
Questions please email:
Judging: Sunday, August 12 from noon-6pm. In the Heritage Building

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