Contests

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

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

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2023 Finding Owlbert at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair

Contest Rules: Finding Owlbert at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair

1. Eligibility:
a. The contest is open to all attendees of the 74th Montgomery County Agricultural Fair.
b. Participants must be at least 18 years old or have parental consent to participate.
c. Employees and immediate family members of the fair organizers/board members are not eligible to participate.

2. Contest Duration:
a. The contest will run for the duration of the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair.
b. Each day, Owlbert, a display sign, will be placed in a different location around the fairgrounds.

3. Participation:
a. To participate, attendees must find Owlbert and scan the QR code attached to it.
b. Participants must ensure their mobile devices are equipped with a QR code scanning application.
c. After scanning the QR code participants will have to enter their email address to be entered into the daily prize draw.
d. By submitting your email address, you agree to receive future email communications, including promotional discounts from the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair. You may opt out at any time.

4. Photo Submission:
a. Participants have the option to take a photo in the area where Owlbert is found, photo does not need to include Owlbert.
b. To double their chances of winning, participants can post the photo on their social media accounts and tag the fair’s official social media page and use the hashtag #FoundOwlbert.
c. Only publicly shared posts will be considered for doubling the chances of winning.

5. Ag Education Question Submission:
a. Participants have the option to answer the Ag Education Question attached after scanning the QR Code for an additional entry into the daily contest.

6. Prize:
a. Each day, one winner will be randomly selected from the pool of participants who entered their email address after scanning the QR code.
b. The prize for each day is $74.
c. Winners will be notified through the contact information provided during the QR code scanning process.
d. Prize money will be distributed by the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair within 30 days after the conclusion of the fair.

7. Multiple Entries:
a. Participants may enter the contest once per day by scanning Owlbert’s QR code.
b. However, participants may only win once during the entire duration of the fair.
c. Posting multiple photos on social media will not increase the chances of winning, but will only double the chances for the first photo posted.

8. Fair Organizer’s Rights:
a. The fair organizers reserve the right to modify or cancel the contest at any time for any reason.
b. The fair organizers may disqualify participants who engage in unfair practices or violate the rules.
c. The fair organizers reserve the right to use submitted photos for promotional purposes.

9. Legal Compliance:
a. This contest complies with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
b. Participants are responsible for ensuring their participation in the contest is compliant with any legal obligations, such as obtaining necessary permissions for posting photos on social media.

10. Liability:
a. The fair organizers will not be held responsible for any injuries, damages, or losses incurred during the participation in the contest.
b. Participants agree to release the fair organizers from any liability associated with the contest.

11. Agreement to Rules:
a. By participating in the contest, participants agree to abide by these rules and decisions made by the fair organizers.

2023 Amateur Flower Arranging Contest

The Amateur Flower Arranging Contest is BACK!!! 

Sunday, August 13 from 10am – Noon – Heritage Building

  • Limited to the first 25 registrants.
  • To participate please register with the Fair Office at (301)926-3100 x205, beginning July 1st.
  • Flowers, greens & containers provided by Bell Flowers.
  • Bring your own equipment (i.e., Clippers or scissors, etc.).

All arrangements will be used in The Garden Room of the Heritage for luncheons during the Fair.

For more information call the Fair Office at (301) 926-3100 x205.

2023 My Best Fair Photo Contest

The Arts, Crafts, Hobbies and Photography Department is holding a special contest, My Best Fair Photo, during the 2023 Fair!

There will be four themed contests during the week:

 

Theme 1 “Children of All Ages”: Entries received noon Sunday, 8/13 through noon on Wednesday, 8/16. Judging will be held the evening of 8/16.

 

Theme 2 “Fair Flavors”: Entries received noon Sunday, 8/13 through noon on Wednesday, 8/16. Judging will be held the evening of 8/16.

 

Theme 3 “Moovin Around the Fair”: Entries received from noon Wednesday, 8/16 through noon Saturday, 8/19. Judging will be held the evening of 8/19.

 

Theme 4 “Fair Montage”: Entries received from noon Wednesday, 8/16 through noon Saturday, 8/19. Judging will be held the evening of 8/19.

 

Only one entry per person per contest will be accepted. Entries will be received using Google Form from 12noon to 8pm daily starting Sunday, August 13. (Entrants can find the Google Form on the website www.mcagfair.com or at the Arts & Crafts Building #3).

GOOGLE FORM CLICK HERE

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 2024 Montgomery County Agricultural Fair.

The special contest entries can be picked up on release Sunday, August 20, from 1-4pm.

2023 Amateur Cheese Carving Contest

Tuesday, August 15th, 10:30 am, in the 4-H Building Exhibit Room

 

Come and show your artistic side and create a masterpiece with cheese!! The Fair will provide you with a two pound slab of cheese to carve your creation. You will be given 30 minutes to carve, some of the categories given for carving are most imaginative, most Fair related, most dairy related, etc. Everyone gets a ribbon. Afterwards, visit The Big Cheese Booth to have one of the Fair’s famous grilled cheese sandwiches and to see your artwork displayed. In the Cheese House located behind The Big Cheese.

 

If you would like to register, call Debbie Malone at 301-972-0063 or e-mail dandrmalone@aol.com. Deadline for Registering is July 27, 2023

 

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

2023 Amateur Flower Arranging Contest

The Amateur Flower Arranging Contest is BACK!!! 

Sunday, August 13 from 10am – Noon – Heritage Building

  • Limited to the first 25 registrants.
  • To participate please register with the Fair Office at (301)926-3100 x205, beginning July 1st.
  • Flowers, greens & containers provided by Bell Flowers.
  • Bring your own equipment (i.e., Clippers or scissors, etc.).

All arrangements will be used in The Garden Room of the Heritage for luncheons during the Fair.

For more information call the Fair Office at (301) 926-3100 x205.

2023 Coloring Contest

August 11th – 19th

 

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

 

RULES:
1. Use your imagination and color the pictures.

2. Fill out the form above.

3. Mail or drop off your completed page to the Fair Office at MCAC Attn: Coloring Contest 16 Chestnut Street Gaithersburg, MD 20877

4. Entries must be postmarked by 8/20/2023.

5. A winner will be selected in each of the following age categories and will receive a ribbon and $25.00.

2024 You Be The Judge: Children’s Winter Hats

CHILDREN’S WINTER HATS

In celebration of the 75th fair and the 27th year of the You Be the Judge Contest, the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair invites all Montgomery County Residents to enter a special contest.

RULES TO ENTER THE CONTEST

    1. Children’s Winter Hats must be made by the exhibitor.
    2. Hats can be Crocheted, Knitted, Felted, Woven, or Sewn.
    3. Hats should be able to fit a child’s head.
    4. If you have any questions, please contact Karen Gillis at 301-869-0766.
    5. All entries become the property of the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair and will be donated to local area charities.

ENTRY TIMES

  • Bring your items to the Home Arts Building (top of Building 6) during normal fair registration hours.
  • Thursday, August 8th from 2PM to 8PM or Friday, August 9th from 2PM to 8PM

VOTING AND JUDGING

  • General Public voting will be held from Sunday, August 11 thru Wednesday, August 14 from 11AM to 9PM.
  • Winners will be notified by phone by end of day Friday, August 16.

A special awards presentation will be held in the Home Arts Building on Saturday, August 17 at 7PM.

A SPECIAL AWARD IS DONATED BY A FRIEND OF THE FAIR TO THE EXHIBITOR WHO DONATES THE MOST CHILDREN’S HATS TO THE CONTEST.

Project G Street 2024
Fashion Design Competition

Sponsored by G Street Fabrics

Calling all fashionistas…come one, come all, to embrace your inner designer at this year’s Project G Street. No fashion school needed. All skill levels, all ages are invited to show what you can do!

G Street Fabrics will once again team with the Home Arts Department to host a fabulous one-day fashion design and sewing competition at the Fair. Teams will pick up contest materials at G Street Fabrics during the period of August 3rd – 9th, and construct their outfits at the Fair in Heritage Hall 8:30am to 5:30pm on Saturday, August 10th.

The 1st place team will win a $300.00 gift card to G Street Fabrics, 2nd place team will win a $200.00 gift card, and the 3rd place team will win a $100.00 gift card.

For the 2024 Project G Street Information and Rules: CLICK HERE

For the 2024 Project G Street Entry Form: CLICK HERE

2023 Toilet & Toilet Seat Decorating

Sponsored by Stang Plumbing

Located near Building 3.

Rules:
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 12, from 2pm – 8pm. (Please come to the Fair Office and ask for Leslie if you have any questions)
8. All entries must be picked up on Sunday, August 21, 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

 

ENTRY FORM CLICK HERE