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Live Competitions/Contests

Stop by The Homestead (Exhibition Hall) and participate in live competitions happening during the Fair. All contests are free!

No preregistration necessary for Longest Potato Peel and Fastest Fingers in the West. Preregistration strongly recommended for the Adult Team Jigsaw Puzzle Contest - Sign up today.

See the Fair Schedule for dates/times of these fun contests!

Contest Rules

Fastest Fingers in the West (Knitting and Crochet) Contest

Preregistration Not Required

Saturday July 30 & Sunday July 31 at 2:00 p.m.

Homestead Front Porch (Exhibition Hall)

Junior Division:Age 18 and Under

Senior Division:Age 19 and Older

Contest Rules:

  • Contest is Open to All Ages.
  • The contest is a seven (7) minute timed event.
  • All materials will be supplied.
  • The contestant will cast on 20 stitches for knitting and 20 chain stitches for crochet prior to start.
  • Time begins after all contestants have cast on 20 stitches and the judge says “start”.
  • Knitting contestants will alternately knit 1 row, purl 1 row and crochet contestants will do single crochet until time is called.
  • Incomplete and dropped stitches will be deducted.
  • The winning knitter will knit the most rows with correct tension and workmanship.The winning crocheter will crochet the most rows with correct tension and workmanship in the allotted time.


Longest Potato Peel Contest

Preregistration Not Required

Friday July 29, Saturday July 30, & Sunday July 31 at 1:00 p.m.

Homestead Front Porch (Exhibition Hall)

Junior Division:Age 18 and Under

Senior Division:Age 19 and Older

Contest Rules:

  • Contest is open to all ages.
  • Contestants will be given a potato and potato peeler.
  • When time begins, the contestant will peel the potato.
  • The contestant with the longest potato peel wins.



Team Jigsaw Puzzle Contest

Preregistration is recommended but not required

Adult (Age 19 and older) Team Contest:Saturday July 30 at 3:00 p.m.

Youth (Age 18 and under) Team Contest:Sunday July 31 at 3:00 p.m.

Homestead Contest Area (Exhibition Hall)

Contest Rules:

  • Teams will consist of a maximum of 4 participants.If the team consists of adult and youth members, the team will compete in the adult category.
  • Each team receives the same puzzle.
  • No one is allowed to see the puzzle before the contest begins.
  • Puzzle boxes are placed face down.
  • When the judge says, “being puzzling,” contestants may turn over the puzzle box and begin to assemble the puzzle.
  • The first team to correctly assemble the puzzle wins.
  • If no team has correctly assembled the puzzle after sixty (60) minutes, the team with the fewest number of unassembled pieces wins.In the event of a tie, teams are given five additional minutes to work on the puzzle.The first team to correctly assemble the puzzle or with the fewest number of unassembled pieces wins at the end of the five minutes wins.
  • No outside assistance, including devices, to teams is permitted.
  • Team members and members of the audience are not allowed to distract or approach the team tables.
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