WINNEMUCCA —This year’s Fair is definitely not a spectator sport. From blue ribbon creations to pie and watermelon eating, a few newer contests and a whole slew of old standbys will ensure that everyone gets in on the Labor Day fun.
This year’s Pie Eating Contest will take place on Sunday, September 1. Beginning at 3 p.m., contestants will hear, “On your mark, get set, go!” right before they attempt to attack their fill of delicious pie. Signups will begin at 2 p.m. by the Main Stage Outside at the Winnemucca Event Center. The contest is limited to the first 10 registrants in each age group, including 6-9 years, 10-12 years, 13-18 years and 19 and older.
Then at 4 p.m. Sunday, also on the Main Stage Outside at the Winnemucca Event Center, the Watermelon Eating Contest will get underway. You guessed it . . . the idea behind this one is to see who can eat the most watermelon in the least amount of time. Prizes will be awarded in four age groups, including 6-9 years, 10-12 years, 13-18 years and 19 and older. Signups begin at 2 p.m.
This year will also see the return of the Biggest Home Grown Contest. In this 13th annual competition, participants are asked to bring their most gargantuan homegrown fruits, veggies or crops to the Winnemucca Event Center, west side, on Thursday, August 29, between noon and 5 p.m.
Prizes will be awarded for first and second place in youth and adult categories.
This year will also see the return of the Scavenger Hunt Contest. Participants can pick up an entry form from noon to 9 p.m. Friday, August 30; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, August 31; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, September 1, at the Fair Booth in the Winnemucca Event Center. Participants will be given a list of destinations to locate across the Winnemucca Events Complex. Completed lists must be turned into the Exhibit Hall by 4 p.m. Sunday for the chance to win some great prizes.
Plus get ready for the Build a Robot Contest. The competition will meld young, futuristic imaginations with 2019’s vacuum tubes, tin cans, water bottles and more. The contest is a nod to this year’s Tri-County Fair theme: “Into the Future.”
There are no rules and no limitations. But there will certainly be plenty of great prizes, laughs and creativity. The contest is free and open to people of all ages. Contestants may drop off their entries to the Winnemucca Event Center from noon to 9 p.m. Friday, August 30; from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, August 31; and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, September 1.
Entries and prizes will be available for pickup between 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Sunday; winners should be ready to have their photo taken!
And don’t forget the King Arthur Flour Baking Contest. Contestants are invited to make their favorite bar drop recipe with—no surprise there—King Arthur Flour! Bakers must provide proof the drop cookies were made with the prized flour—either via receipt or by providing the UPC code from the flour bag. Contestants may enter their baked entry when they submit their other fair entries, or they may drop them off before 3 p.m. Sunday, September 1, at the Fair. Prizes are available in both youth and adult categories. Of course, all winners get baking bragging rights.
For more information on all the contests planned for this year’s Fair, or for a complete schedule of the weekend’s events, please log on to www.LaborDayFair.com.