It’s fair time!  The Harvey County Fair will run from August 5 to 9 at the fairgrounds in Newton.


It’s fair time!  The Harvey County Fair will run from August 5 to 9 at the fairgrounds in Newton.
Horticulture and crop exhibit check-in time is from 8 to 11 a.m. Aug. 6 for open class, 4-H and veggie garden.
If you are planning on entering vegetables or fruit in fair here are some qualities that a judge will be looking for in determining the best.
Individual entries:
Condition-Free from disease, insect or mechanical damage or other forms of damage including dirt or stains — 30 percent
Quality-exhibits should be at their “peak of perfection” for eating. Specimens should be crisp, firm, mature but not overripe, and flavorful — 25 percent
Uniformity-uniform in size, shape and color. attractiveness of an exhibit is enhanced by all specimens being uniform — 20 percent
Typical of variety —Specimens should be typical of the type and variety of vegetable and fruit — 15 percent
Size — Size of specimens should conform to market demands. In general, very large specimens may be undesirable since they are not as tender or flavorful as more medium sized specimens. Don’t select specimens on the basis of size alone — 10 percent
Amount to exhibit
The following are considered standard amounts for each vegetable. Double check the Harvey County Fair Guide for specific instructions.
Large vegetables — one each
Cabbage, muskmelon, eggplant, pumpkin, squash, watermelon
Medium vegetables  — five each
Beets, cucumbers, parsnips, Irish potatoes, tomatoes, sweet potato, onions, peppers, okra, carrots
Small vegetables — 12 each
Green beans, lima beans, peas
The following are considered standard amounts for fruit.
Tree fruits
Apples — five each, cherries — 10 each, peaches – five each, pears — five each, plums – 10 each
Small fruits
Grapes – three clusters, bush fruits (raspberries, strawberries, currants) — one pint

Scott Eckert is Harvey County Extension agent, horticulture.