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


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

Facebook Cash Selfie Contest


To take the ultimate selfie at the Fair and win $72! 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 2021 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 $72 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 2022 Fair!


There will be four themed contests during the week:


Theme 1 “Children of All Ages”:  Entries received noon Sunday, 8/14 through noon on Wednesday, 8/17.  Judging will be held the evening of 8/17.


Theme 2 “Fair Flavors”:  Entries received noon Sunday, 8/14 through noon on Wednesday, 8/17.  Judging will be held the evening of 8/17.


Theme 3 “Moovin Around the Fair”:  Entries received from noon Wednesday, 8/17 through noon Saturday, 8/20.  Judging will be held the evening of 8/20.


Theme 4 “Fair Montage”:   Entries received from noon Wednesday, 8/17 through noon Saturday, 8/20.  Judging will be held the evening of 8/20.


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 14.  (Entrants must come to the building to fill out the entry form and sign photo release. The picture 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 2023 Montgomery County Agricultural Fair.


The special contest entries can be picked up on release Sunday, August 21, from 1-4pm.

Invitational Amateur Cheese Carving Contest

Tuesday, August 16th, 10:30 am, in the 4-H Exhibit Room


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 27, 2022


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, bring your own tools (example: paring knife, etc.)
4. Entries will be displayed in the Cheese 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.

Coloring Contest

August 12th – 20th


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 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 8/20/2022

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

2022 You Be The Judge: Children’s Winter Hats




In celebration of the 73rd Fair and the 25th year of the You Be the Judge Contest, the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair invites all Montgomery County Residents to enter a special contest.
Children’s hats to be donated to local charities and elementary schools.



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 and elementary schools.


Bring your items to the Home Arts Building (top of Building 6) during normal fair registration hours.
Thursday, August 11th from 2PM to 8PM or
Friday, August 12th from 2PM to 8PM


1. General Public voting will be held from Sunday, August 14 thru Wednesday, August 17 from 10AM to 9PM.
2. Winners will be notified by phone by end of day on Friday, August 19.


A special awards presentation will be held in the Home Arts Building on Saturday, August 20 at 7PM.



Project G Street

Sewing Competition Sponsored by G Street Fabrics Chairman, Mary Hogan Cell: 410-302-4485

G Street Fabrics once again will team up with the Home Arts Department to host a one day sewing competition at the fair. Teams will pick up all the contest fabric on Thursday the 11th at 7:00pm in the Heritage Hall and have a brief meeting. The surprise theme of the contest and the rules will be given out. The sewing competition will take place on Saturday the 13th. The winning team will win a $300.00 G Street Fabric gift card. For any questions, please contact Mary Hogan. Project G Street

1.First place team will win at $300.00 gift card, second place team will win a $200.00 gift card and the 3rd place team will win a $100.00 gift card. Each team will also be given a $25.00 gift card to buy added notions needed to complete your outfit before the contest.

2.Teams must register with the fair office by either email, fax, mail, or hand carry by end of day on the 2nd of August. The chairman will choose 8 teams of 2 and two alternate teams. Teams will be notified by August 3rd end of day. If a team cannot pick up their teams’ packet on Thursday, the 12th meeting an alternate team will be notified.

3.NEW THIS YEAR: teams will be comprised of 2 team members. One member will be the model. To ensure uniformity the team member modeling must be a woman 18 or older.

4.At least one team member must pick up the material packet on Thursday the 12th in the Heritage Hall. (sight of the sewing competition). ** new not the Home Arts Building. Mandatory Meeting!

5.At the meeting the team will be given their fabric and gift card for notions. They will receive the Theme of the contest and go over any questions about the contest, the end project must only be completed with the fabric given out on Thursday’s meeting. NO OTHER FABRIC CAN BE USED. The $25.00 gift card can be used for any items you would need as in notions for the outfit that were not included. Note: you may make or use your own patterns. This is not required to be purchased with the gift card. If you have any doubt or question call Mary Hogan.

6.Model must bring her own shoes. Any other accents as, purses, hats or scarfs must be made with materials given.

7.Contestants must provide their own sewing machines, serger, dress forms, irons, mirrors, steamers etc. That they need to work on there out fits. Items can be dropped off in the Heritage Hall as early as 7am. On August 13th. Directions and parking will be discussed at the team meeting.

8.Teams will construct their outfits in the Heritage Hall between 8:30 am and 5:30 pm on Saturday, August 13th. Teams must be set up to start by 8:30 am.

9.Breakfast and lunch can be purchased at the fair. No food allowed in the sewing area. We will have a table on the side that you may sit at and eat. Lunch will be at 12:30-1:00 and the hall will be locked with no one allowed in during this time. The building will be secured.

10.This event is open to the public. If you feel the need to wear a mask during this time it is up to your discretion. We will have a limited amount of space and if we have a full 8 teams the visitors will only be able to view from the front doors. We ask that you do not allow visitors to hang out all day in your work area. We must respect the contestants and try and make the distance between our work areas safe for all.

11.*** new this year: the project must be completed by 5:30 and ready to be presented to the Judges. At the end of the Judging, we will hold the fashion show outside the Heritage Hall.

12.***new this year: Judging will take place at 5:30 and fashion show will start at 6pm promptly. We ask that everyone be patient with this new rule this year. This we hope will save time for the Fashion show to be held outside. The outfit will be judged on the following: Interpretation of the Theme, general appearance. (clean and well pressed), design, colors used. Beauty of design, use of fabric and trim. sewing technique, skills handling fabric. fit of outfit on Model.

13.The Outfits will stay at the fair and be placed on display in the Home Arts building on Sunday the 14th. Outfits will need to be picked up Sunday the 21st. From 12-3.


Judges’ decision is final. If you have any questions, please reach out to Mary Hogan 410-302-4485 or

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 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

Maryland’s Largest Homemade Cheese, Refrigerator Jams & Jellies and Refrigerator Pickles Contest