The 13th Annual Blue Ribbon Country Fair at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend, will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28. This old fashioned country fair features 10 competitions, games, demonstrations, arts, craft, good food and more — fun for all ages.

Ten competitions are offered those of all ages wishing to showcase their talents: Poultry Show; Vegetables/Produce; Baked Goods; Canning; the Doug Hardwick Honey Show; Floral Design/Horticulture Show; Student Art Competition; Needle Arts; Woodworking; Photography. New classes added this year are: Carved Jack-O’-Lanterns; Yeast Bread, Cobblers and Chutneys and small examples of Hand Quilting. The theme for the Student Art, Photography and Floral Design/Horticulture Competitions is: “Our Mountains Are Calling!” There is no fee to enter exhibits.

Best of Show will be chosen in each division, in addition to first, second and third place ribbons and cash awards for each class. Visit the website, www.gsmher or pick up a copy of the entry form, schedule, rules and regulations and official premium list in Maryville, at the UT/TSU Blount County Extension Office, Blount County Public Library, Miss Olivia’s Table, the Hook and Needle, Rural King, Tractor Supply Company, Ritchie Tractor, Ag Central Co-Op or at the Visitors Center or Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend.

Entry forms, student art and all photographs are due no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20. They may be mailed (PO Box 268, Townsend, TN 37882), faxed (865-448-6975), emailed ( or dropped off at the Heritage Center in Townsend, or UT/TSU Blount County Extension Office, 1219 McArthur Road in Maryville. Other exhibits, except for poultry and live bees, may be brought to the Heritage Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27. Poultry and live bees in observation hives may be brought to the grounds starting at 8 a.m. on Fair Day, Sept. 28.

For additional details, visit www.gsmheritage or call 448-0044.

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