Fair entry forms must be submitted no later 5 PM on Friday, Sept 22.
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Poultry Health Requirements- All poultry must comply with the Tennessee state livestock health requirements for fairs and exhibits. All poultry exhibitors must have a current health certificate on each animal brought to the grounds. Poultry will be tested on-site. 

Manager and Judge: Cotton Dunlap

  • The Grand Champion Chicken will receive a special trophy.
  • The Reserve Champion Chicken will receive a special trophy.

Large Fowl

Class 1                         American, Adult Exhibitor

Class 2                         American, Junior Exhibitor

Class 3                         Asiatic, Adult Exhibitor

Class 4                         Asiatic, Junior Exhibitor

Class 5                         English, Adult Exhibitor

Class 6                         English, Junior Exhibitor

Class 7                         Mediterranean, Adult Exhibitor

Class 8                         Mediterranean, Junior Exhibitor

Class 9                         Continental, Adult Exhibitor

Class 10                        Continental, Junior Exhibitor

Class 11                        AOSB, Adult Exhibitor

Class 12                        AOSB, Junior Exhibitor



Class 13                        Modern and Old English Bantams, Adult Exhibitor

Class 14                        Modern and Old English Bantams, Junior Exhibitor

Class 15                        SCCL, Adult Exhibitor

Class 16                        SCCL, Junior Exhibitor

Class 17                        FL, Adult Exhibitor

Class 18                        FL, Junior Exhibitor

Class 19                        RCCL, Adult Exhibitor

Class 20                        RCCL, Junior Exhibitor

Class 21                        AOCCL, Adult Exhibitor

Class 22                        AOCCL, Junior Exhibitor



Judges:  Debbie Dickie and Amy Campbell

Best of Show Vegetables/Produce will be awarded a special ribbon.

Open to all ages.

Class   23        Tomato, Red, Plate of 3, Any Variety

Class   24        Tomato, Yellow, Plate of 3, Any Variety

Class   25        Tomato, Miniature Variety, Plate of 3, Any Variety

Class   26        Bell Pepper*, Sweet, Plate of 3

Class   27        Pepper, Hot, Plate of 3

Class   28        Pepper*, Other, Plate of 3

                                                *Can be red, green, yellow or a combination

Class   29        Okra, Plate of 6, Red or Green

Class   30        Summer Squash*, Plate of 3

* Can be yellow, zucchini, or other

Class   31        Winter Squash, Butternut

Class   32        Winter Squash, Cushaw

Class   33        Winter Squash, Other

Class   34        Gourds, long-handled dipper

Class   35        Gourds, birdhouse

Class   36        Pumpkin, Large, Specimen

Class   37        Pumpkin, Pie Pumpkin, Specimen

Class   38        Jack-O’-Lantern, Carved, Specimen

Class   39        Biggest Tomato, Specimen

Class   40        Biggest Pumpkin, Specimen

Class   41        Watermelon, Specimen, Any Variety

Class   42        Apples, Plate of 3, Any Variety

Class   43        Fruit, Other (Figs, Peaches, Muscadines, Pears) Plate of 3, Any Variety

Class   44        Corn, Mature, Field Corn, Dry, Plate of 3, Any Variety

Class   45        Corn, Sweet Corn, Plate of 3, Any Variety

Class   46        Potatoes, Irish, Plate of 3

Class   47        Potatoes, Sweet, Plate of 3

Class   48        Onions, Plate of 3, Any Variety



Judges:  Mary Beth Lima and Lauren Woods

Best of Show Canning will be awarded a special ribbon.

Open to all ages.


Entries preserved within last 12 months, foods with any signs of spoilage will not be judged. Food items not acceptable are mashed or pureed pumpkin, winter squash and pumpkin butter. No seals with paraffin, standard containers only, Two –piece lids with no rust and no decorative clothes or string. Accurate headspace. Proper labeling required with the following information:

  • Name of the food
  • Date preserved.
  • Method of preservation:

                                    Hot or Raw Packed

                                    Water-bathed or pressure canned

                                    Process time

                                    Pounds of pressure


                                    National Center for Home Food Preservation

                                    USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning

                                    So Easy to Preserve

                                    Extension Publications


Fruits & Vegetables, Quart Jar

Class 64                        Applesauce

Class 65                        Green Beans

Class 66                        Tomatoes—whole, not diced or crushed

Class 67                        Soup Mixture

Class 68                        Salsa—Picante


Pickles, Pint Jar

Class 69                        Beet Pickles

Class 70                        Cucumber Pickles, Any Variety

Class 71                        Pickle Relish/Chutney

Class 72                        Pickles, Other

Jellies, Jams, Preserves and Butter, Pint or ½ Pint Jar. 

Fruit must be identified.

Class 73                        Jelly

Class 74                        Jam

Class 75                        Preserves/Marmalade

Class 76                        Butter

Display Option:

There will be an area for local canners to show unusual, attractive jars of food for display. Any size of jar and any food will be accepted.   Examples:  juices, fruits other than applesauce, etc.  These items are only for display and will NOT be judged. Submit questions to: mlima@utk.edu



Wheelwright Shop

Manager:  Dennis Barry

Judges: TBA

Best of Show Honey will be awarded a special ribbon.

Open to all ages.


Extracted honey must be in a one-pound queen line or classic jar.

Comb honey must be in a one-pint Mason jar or similar container.  All jars must be unlabeled.  Only one entry per lot per exhibitor.  Articles made of beeswax must be made by the exhibitor.  Frames and sections of honey must be packed in sanitary, bee-proof containers. 

All honey and beeswax exhibited must be produced in the current year. 


Class   77        Extracted, White

Class   78        Extracted, Light Amber

Class   79        Extracted, Dark Amber

Class   80        Comb, White, Light, Dark Amber

Class   81        Beeswax

Class   82        Homemade products made of beeswax

Class   83        Frame of Honey, Light or Dark

Class   84        Exhibit of bees and queen on comb in an observation hive.


Honey Show Photo Contest

Prints must be 8”x10” and mounted on a mounting board that extends 1” beyond the print on each side.  No frames permitted.  Prints may be black and white or color.  Each photograph must be accompanied by a 3”x5” card giving photo title, entrant’s name, address, city, state, zip code and telephone number.  (Cards will be taped to the back side of the photograph.)

Open to all ages.

Class   85        Photography Contest:  Close up print - Subject must relate to beekeeping.

Class   86        Photography Contest:  Scenic print - Apiary subjects such as hives, bees, flowers, etc.

Class   87        Photography Contest:  Portrait print - A person involved in beekeeping procedure in an appropriate apiary setting.

Entry Forms are due no later than 5:00 PM, on Friday, September 22, 2023. No entry fee for exhibits. Mail or bring to Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, P.O. Box 268, Townsend, TN 37882 (on right ¾ mile past Townsend stop light, on scenic highway 73 going toward the national park entrance).  Email to: lhull@gsmheritagecenter.org or FAX 865-448-6975.

Honey Show Exhibits, except live bees, must be brought to Heritage Center between 10-4 from Thursday September 28.  Live bees must be brought to the grounds by 10:00 AM on Saturday, September 30, 2023. 


Design and Horticulture

Department FS:  Floral Design/Horticulture Show

Judges:  Brenda Gregory and Carol Morton


Best of Show Floral will be awarded a special ribbon.

Open to all ages.

The theme this year is: “Preserving the Past and Planting the Future!” depicting the unique history of the East Tennessee Mountains in terms of the natural and cultural environment with an eye to preserving the Past and seeding for the future.

The required space dimensions are no more than 24” wide by 32” high.  No backgrounds allowed. Accessories are optional.


Class 88          Fresh Flower Design.

Class 89          Dried Flower Design.

Class 90          Mixed Fresh and Dried Flower Design.

Class 91          Miniature (12” or less, top to bottom, side to side)


All horticulture entries must be fresh and grown by the exhibitor at least 90 days prior to competition. Judged on clean and healthy condition, beauty and uniformity of foliage and blooms and suitability of container--suitable pot or colorless glass container provided by the exhibitor. No foreign substance to be added to the specimen.


Class 92          Horticulture: Leaf of Foliage Plants.

Class 93          Horticulture: Annual Blooms, any variety.

Class 94          Horticulture: Perennial Blooms, any variety.

Class 95          Horticulture: House Plants (potted), any variety.

Class 96          Horticulture: Miniature, any variety.  Plant must be classified as miniature or dwarf.

Class 97          Horticulture: Other (such as Succulents).



The theme this year is: “Preserving the Past and Planting the Future!” depicting the unique history of the East Tennessee Mountains in terms of the natural and cultural environment with an eye to preserving the Past and seeding for the future.

Judges: Susan McCollum and Mary Kay Buckley


Each teacher should complete one entry form per school.

Entry forms and artwork must be dropped at the Heritage Center in Townsend, no later than 4:30 PM on Wednesday, September 27th

Ribbons Awarded:

K-1st, 2nd, 3rd

1st- 1st, 2nd, 3rd

2nd-1st, 2nd, 3rd                      One Best of Show for Grades K-5

3rd-1st, 2nd, 3rd

4th-1st, 2nd, 3rd

5th-1st, 2nd, 3rd

Middle School-1st, 2nd, 3rd, Best of Show

High School-1st, 2nd, 3rd, Best of Show


Paper Size: 8 ½ x 11 mounted on black construction paper that extends at least 1” beyond the picture’s edges.  Media:  Crayons, pencils, pen/ink, colored pencils, markers, watercolors, acrylic paints and computer generated art for middle and high school students only. Student Information on Back of Entry Must Include:  Name, Age, Grade, School, Teacher.



Knitting, Crocheting, Weaving, Rug Hooking

Judges:  Raeus Cannon and Danielle Trotter

Best of Show, Fiber Arts will be awarded a special ribbon.

All entries must be done in the last three years.

Open to all ages.

Class 107        Knitting: Garments--includes sweaters, ponchos, socks, etc. 

Class 108        Knitting: Accessories--scarves, shawls, hats, gloves, mittens, etc. 

Class 109        Knitting: Home Goods--blankets, afghans, wash cloths, pillows, etc. 

Class 110        Knitting: Other-baby items, toys, etc.

Class 111        Crocheting: Garments-sweaters, ponchos, socks, etc. 

Class 112        Crocheting: Accessories--scarves, shawls, hats, gloves, mittens, etc. 

Class 113        Crocheting: Home Goods--blankets afghans, wash cloths, pillows, etc. 

Class 114        Crocheting: Other--baby items, toys, etc. 

Class 115        Embroidery: Includes needlepoint, counted cross stitch, crewl, Teneriffe, canvas work, wool                        work

Class 116        Weaving, any article including latch hook.

Class 117        Rug Hooking (any type)

Class 118        Hand Quilting (limited to unframed wall hanging 30" square or smaller mats, table runners, pillows, doll quilts. Items may be machine pieced, but have to be hand quilted



 (Include Wood Carving and Woodturning)

Judges: Tom Knight, John Taylor, and Rob Davis

Best of Show, Woodworking will be awarded a special ribbon.

Open to all ages.


Class   119      Birdhouse/bird feeder

Class   120      Wood Furnishings (furniture, lamps, chests, tables, picture frames, etc.)

Class   121      Walking Stick

Class   122      Wood Burning

Class   123      Wood Carving

Class   124      Chainsaw carving

Class   125      Woodturning

Class   126      Projects from High School Wood Workers in Blount County (submitted from

class or individuals at Heritage High School, William Blount High School,

Alcoa High School, Maryville High School, etc.)



Judges: Susan Cooper and David Liles

Theme: “Preserving the Past and Planting the Future!” depicting the unique history of the East Tennessee Mountains in terms of the natural and cultural environment with an eye to preserving the Past and seeding for the future.

Please refer to photography guidelines on how to properly submit your photos.  People may be pictured in any of the classes.

Class   127(A/O)        Plants/Black and White

Class   128(A/O)        Plants/Natural Color

Class   129(A/O)        Animals/Black and White

Class   130(A/O)        Animals/Natural Color

Class   131(A/O)        Scenic/Black and White

Class   132(A/O)        Scenic/Natural Color


Photography Guidelines

  1. Open to photographers of all ages, for all classes—Amateur, 18+, <18 and Open, 18+, <18. Exhibits will be judged in two groups—exhibits from those over eighteen years and those eighteen years and younger. Amateur is defined as a recreational hobby, not for livelihood or financial gain. Open is defined as any/all levels of experience, whether as a hobby or as a paid professional.
  2. Each exhibitor is limited to ONE (1) entry per class.
  3. All photographs submitted must have been photographed within the past three (3) years of the competition date--(September 25, 2020-September 21, 2023.)
  4. ENTRY DEADLINE and PHOTO DELIVERY DEADLINE is Friday, September 22 at 5 PM.
  5. Judging will be completed by the usual standards of subject matter/relevance, composition, originality, and photographic excellence. Composition and exposure must be the work of the exhibitor, however, the developing and finishing may be done by anyone.
  6. Photos must be mounted in the following manner--no exceptions:
  7. Photo must be 8” x 10” and mounted to a piece of BLACK 11” x 14” RECTANGLE MAT BOARD OR BLACK FOAM CORE BOARD—no poster board.
  8. You may choose to mount your photograph horizontally or vertically.
  9. Affix a small white label to the back, upper left corner of your entry with the following information printed in black ink:
  10. Department (PHOTO)
  11. Class Number #_____
  12. Amateur or Open (A or O)
  13. Name (First, Last)
  14. Address
  15. Phone Number
  16. Failure to comply with the above display/mounting requirements will result in elimination for the Photography Competition.


Display Regulations:

  1. The Fair will make every effort to exhibit each article entered but reserves the right to decide which articles will be displayed in the event that space limitations do not permit displaying of all entries.
  2. The Fair will withhold from exhibition any photograph deemed offensive to the morals of the community.
  3. Fair management reserves the right to alter, cancel or refuse to show any item deemed not in the best interest of the public.


Saturday, September 30, 2023


Fair Parking Suggested Donation of $5.00

FREE to Heritage Center members.

There is no charge to enter exhibits in the Fair 


Fair Competition Schedule

Tuesday, Aug. 1                      Start /Date for Acceptance of Fair Entry Forms

Friday, Sept. 22                      Deadline for Entry Forms--                                                   5 PM

Thurs, Sept. 28                      Entries Brought to Grounds – including Honey-

                                            EXCEPT Poultry, and Live Bees                                             12-5                                                           

Friday, Sept. 29                      Judging for all categories, except Poultry and Live Bees

Saturday, Sept. 30                   Poultry and Live Bees Entries Brought to Grounds                8 – 10

Saturday, Sept. 30                   Grounds Open to Public                                                      10-5 

Saturday, Sept 30                    Judging – Honey Show                                                         9

Saturday, Sept 30                    Judging – Poultry Show                                                     10:30

Saturday, Sept 30                    Best of Show Awards Presentation –Show Tent            1:30



Blue Ribbon Country Fair 2023

Rules & Regulations

  1. The fair will be open to the public on Saturday, September 30, 2023, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
  2. There will be no entry fee for exhibits. All departments are open to exhibitors of all ages. All competitions are open to exhibitors from counties neighboring Blount County.
  3. Entry form is attached or can be printed from website gsmheritagecenter.org Entries must be received at Heritage Center NO LATER THAN 5:00 PM, FRIDAY, SEPT. 22, 2023. Bring to Heritage Center in person, email to lhull@gsmheritagecenter.org FAX to 865-448-6975 or mail completed entry forms to Fair Entries, Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, PO Box 268, Townsend, TN  37882. Entry forms will be accepted beginning August 1, 2023.
  4. All non-livestock entries must be checked in by 12 PM on Friday, September 29 and all Poultry and Live Bee entries must be checked in by 10 AM on Saturday, September 30. No exceptions. See Fair Competition Schedule for check-in and judging times for all divisions.
  5. Only one entry per class per person will be accepted.
  6. Youth/Junior Exhibitor is any exhibitor in Grades K-12 as of January 1 of current year.
  7. Exhibits may not be removed before 4:00 PM on Saturday, September 30. Outdoor exhibits may be removed at 5:00 PM. No exceptions.
  8. All exhibits must be removed by 6:00 PM on Saturday, September 30. Management and the fair committee will not assume responsibility for exhibits and/or articles left on the grounds.
  9. Judging of Honey Show entries will begin at 10:00 AM on Saturday, September 30. Judging of Poultry Show entries will begin at 10:30 AM on Saturday, September 30.
  10. All decisions of the judges are final.
  11. Concessions: No one will be allowed to sell or exhibit on the grounds unless they have been cleared, in advance, through GSMHC; including, but not limited, to food and beverages.
  12. No bicycles, motorcycles, golf carts, ATVs or other vehicles will be allowed on the grounds at any time during setup or breakdown or during the fair itself unless authorized by fair committee.
  13. No pets will be allowed on the grounds at any time during setup or breakdown or during the fair itself.
  14. The fair committee reserves the right to consider entries for display only if, in the opinion of the fair committee, the entry does not meet entry guidelines.
  15. The fair committee reserves the right to refuse any entry for any reason whatsoever.
  16. The fair committee reserves the right to prohibit animals from entering the grounds or to have animals removed from the grounds if they present a threat to public safety.
  17. The fair committee reserves the right to substitute judges.
  18. Times, locations and classes offered are subject to change.
  19. Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center and the 2023 Blue Ribbon Country Fair Committee will not be held liable for any damage that may occur to a participant or participant’s property during the fair or contest activity; any bodily injury that may occur to, or by, a participant during the fair or any contest activity; any lost or stolen articles during the fair or contest activity.


Photography Release


For good and valuable consideration herein acknowledged as received, I hereby grant to Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center (GSMHC), its legal representatives, and assigns, and those acting with GSMHC’s authority and permission, the irrevocable and unrestricted right and permission to create, use, re-use, publish and re-publish video recordings, audio recordings, photographs, or other media that contain or capture my likeness or voice or in which my likeness or voice may be included (the “Images”) in connection with any publication or materials relating to or serving the mission and goals of GSMHC, including advertisements, brochures, or other promotional materials.  The Images may be used with or without my name, and in any and all media now or hereafter known. I also consent to the use of any printed matter in conjunction with the Images.  I hereby waive any right I may have to inspect or approve the Images or any finished product or products incorporating the Images and any written or other print material that may be used in connection therewith, including print material containing my name.  I acknowledge that nothing in this Agreement obligates GSMHC or any third party to make any use of the Images.  

I hereby warrant that I am of legal age and have the right to contract in my own name.  I have read the above Photography Release prior to its execution, and I am fully familiar with its contents.  This release shall be binding upon me and my heirs, legal representatives, and assigns.


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