The Essex County Idol contest returns this year and is open to any resident of Essex County. Audition dates will be scheduled soon.
As usual, ribbons and cash awards will be offered for exhibits at the fair. Awards vary depending on the type of exhibit.
Anyone, amateur, youth or professional, can exhibit their items at the fair and even offer them for sale. Fair organizers see the items are properly displayed and supervised and collect a 10-percent premium on any sales.
"Anybody who buys a membership can exhibit at the fair," said Rand, noting how exhibitors can benefit by exposing their work to the 10,000-plus people who visit the fair each year.
Memberships, for a $20 fee, not only offer the ability to exhibit, but grant one person admission to the fair for all five days of the event. A $3 associate membership without admission is also available for exhibitors in certain categories.
Exhibits for the Essex County Fair can be brought in for entry Monday, Aug. 9, 3-7 p.m. or Tuesday, Aug. 10, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information is available in the exhibitor handbook, which will soon be mailed to fair members and available for download on the fair Web site, www.essexcountyfair.org. Applications for vendors and other displays are also available.
For more information, call the fair office at 962-8650 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.