My first tip for anyone planning to exhibit (this comes from some experience and my detail oriented - or perfectionist/anal - nature): always read the entry guidelines carefully and follow them exactly as stated! The fair superintendents put a lot of time into making sure they get the details right - it is the exhibitor's responsibility to read and follow instructions. That said - if something doesn't make sense call or contact the person listed in the entry booklet. I have never had a negative experience trying to get clarification.
Please realize that this journey is my own personal challenge - I know there are exhibitors who take 100 entries and more. I just want to see if I can accomplish my goal and spread into areas new to me. I have exhibited in food, floriculture and horticulture in past years. This year I am going to be a newbie in textiles. So, I hope to provide some insight into being a new exhibitor in an area as well as providing some tips I've learned along the way. Some relating directly to a certain class or department and some that carry across all areas.
I hope that you will follow along my journey with me. Share my joys and triumphs along with my disasters and disappointments. Trust me my cats and chickens have enjoyed many a failed cake or yeast bread throughout the years and I am sure this year will be no different. If you have never exhibited before because you think you have nothing to offer or you find it intimidating let me tell you I am just an average gal and if I can do it you can too! Start small, find an area you love and bring an entry! It's fun, it's rewarding, it challenges you and most importantly you will learn a lot not just about cooking or baking or growing flowers or veggies but about yourself and I can guarantee you'll make new friends along the way!