Items sought for fair’s Antiques and Collectibles show

Monday, June 28, 2021

PLYMOUTH CO. — Just as county 4-H and FFA members are preparing their exhibits for the Plymouth County Fair, so are county residents who participate in the open class shows.

One of the shows at the Plymouth County Fair open to county residents is the Antiques and Collectibles open class.

Categories for the show change each year to allow for different types of articles to be highlighted, according to Karen Harrington, who with her husband, Vern, serve as superintendents.

In order to qualify for the open show, all items entered must be 40 years or older.

The judge will consider authenticity, historical value, presentation and display, and the condition of the exhibit.

Over the last 10 years, the number of entries has ranged from 112 to 258, depending on the categories chosen for each year, Harrington said. The number of exhibitors is usually around 60 to 70.

The following are the categories for the Plymouth County Fair Antiques and Collectibles Open Class for the 2021 fair.

• Struble Celebrating 130 years (1890–2020) — Historical; Advertising; Religious; Misc.

• Pitchers — Ceramic; Glass; Metal; Plastic; Porcelain.

• Political Memorabilia — Local; State; United States; World.

• Games — Board game; Action game; Puzzle; Card game; Gambling item.

• Pictures — Painting; Photograph; Prints; Lithograph; Re-production; Other.

• Ashtray — Free standing; Pocket ashtray; Advertising; Handmade; Misc.

• Candy Box or Container — Cardboard; Metal; Glass; Misc.

“We have a tablet on the display case and ask fairgoers to write down what they suggest for categories for the next fair. We look back at our records and try not to repeat categories,” she said.

“Entries do not need to be related to Plymouth County, but the exhibitors must be Plymouth County residents,” she added.

Harrington said the show gives people who like to collect family heirlooms and antiques another way to share them.

“We do not have a professional category,” she said.

Exhibitors are encouraged to include any information about the items, such as its original ownership, dates, origin, on a 3x5” index card. The card cannot include information that would identify the exhibitor.

Entries will be accepted from 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, July 27 and from 7-10 a.m., Wednesday, July 28, in the Open Class Exhibit Building.

Ribbons will be awarded as follows: Grand Champion - Purple, $5; Reserve Champion - Lavender, $3; 1st - Blue, $2; 2nd - Red, $1.50; 3rd - White, $1.

Entries will be released between 7-8 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 1. For a full listing of rules go to www.plymouthcountyfair.org. All information is online this year as no fair book is being printed.

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