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New for 2019:
  • NEW Class in BAS Creative Container Small Space Garden - 2 classes this year
    • Class 4 - Contains a minimum of 3 (but not more than 7) edible vegetables and/or herb plants
    • Class 5 - Contains a minimum of 8 edible vegetables and/or herb plants
  • NEW Class for Children (CHI) - Other Herb - up to 5 entries in this class - Entries in this class are limited to:
    Basil, Chives, Dill, Mint & Parsley
  • NEW HERB Other - up to 10 entries per exhibitor in class # 17 (Other culinary herb)
  • Section EDI - Potted Edible Herbs may be submitted in a 4-8" pot
  • Scarecrow Contest Theme this year is "Old McDonald Had a Farm, EIEIO" in 2 classes: Traditional Scarecrow and Sculptured Scarecrow
Remember - Deadline for submitting entries to receive a pass to the fair is July 15th. Any entries postmarked after that date will not be eligible for passes .

Exhibits will be on display Saturday, August 3rd - Sunday, August 11th, in the Greenhouse.
  1. Entry is open to all who wish to exhibit.
  2. All exhibitors are encouraged to preregister their entries. Each exhibitor must enter on his or her own entry form.
  3. $10.00 FLAT FEE - Entry will not be processed without entry fee. Make checks payable to New Jersey State Fair, Agriculture Division.  There is no entry fee for CHI (Children’s) or the CHB (Children’s Basket, Garden, Sculpture) sections.
  4. Entry forms must be postmarked by July 15th to be eligible to receive passes. After July 15, NO PASSES WILL BE ISSUED, and you will be responsible for your own admittance into the fairgrounds. Each exhibitor will receive one gate pass. We cannot provide passes for guests. Daily passes will not be issued to individuals who already possess a weekly pass (i.e. 4H club members, exhibitors already receiving passes for another department for Fri or Sat)
  5. Entries will be accepted at the fairgrounds at the greenhouse near Gate # 1 on Friday, August 2nd from 4:00 pm to8:0 0 pm and on Saturday, August 3rd from 8:00 am to 11:00 am.  NO exhibits will we accepted after 11:00 am on Saturday August 3rd and all entries must be placed on the qualifying tables by 12 noon. Please indicate on entry form which day you are planning to bring your exhibits. – Delicate vegetables such as leafy greens will be placed in the onsite refrigerator and the judges will take in consideration the “extra” time the vegetables will be in the greenhouse as judging will again take place on Sunday.
  6. Judging will take place on Sunday, August 4th early in the morning.
  7. The show area will be closed to both exhibitors and the public during take-in and judging and will reopen as soon as possible following conclusion of judging. Only Vegetable Show officials will be allowed in show area during take-in and judging.
  8. Exhibitors will prepare their entries and place them on the qualifying table. Vegetable show committee members will place qualified entries on the show tables.
  9. The decision of the judge(s) is final.
  10. Ribbons and premiums may be picked up from 5:00 – 7:00 pm on Sunday, August 11th. Unclaimed premiums will revert to the New Jersey State Fair, unless prior arrangements are made for delivery of premiums. *Please check the box x on the entry form if you do or do not wish ribbons. If left unchecked, no ribbons will be issued. Removal of exhibits prior to the specified time will result in forfeit of premiums.
  11. Exhibits may be picked up from 5:00 – 6:00 pm. Produce unclaimed as of 6:00 pm on Sunday, August 11th, if still in useable condition, will be donated to the Salvation Army Food Pantry. *Please check the box x on your entry form if you will or will not pick up your exhibits on Sunday August 11th between 5:00 – 6:00 pm. If left unchecked, the committee members will place the exhibits in the Salvation Army Donation boxes starting at 5:00 pm on Sunday August 12th.
  12. All exhibits must be grown and selected by exhibitor.
  13. Entries not meeting the criteria as set forth in the rules will be disqualified and will not be judged.
  14. An exhibitor may make more than one entry in a class provided each entry is a different variety. If entering more than one variety in a class, the variety names must be listed on the entry form.
  15. For Classes OTHER – HER (class 17), OTHER-VEG class (27), OTHER-FRUIT (28)– the Name/Variety of your exhibit MUST be listed on your entry form. Please do not enter in any “other” category without stating what the exhibit will be.
  16. All specimens displayed must be wiped clean but not washed. Onions, shallots and garlic are not to be peeled.
  17. Vegetables should be of uniform size, shape, and maturity and be free of blemishes, and MUST BE in the number specified for each class. Greater or lesser numbers of specimens will result in disqualification.
  18. Leafy vegetables and herbs must be displayed in a glass container with water. Bottles/jars will be provided.
  19. Cherry, plum & cluster-type tomatoes must be in clusters on stem, at least 3 in a cluster. All other tomatoes must have stem attached. Green tomatoes are acceptable.
  20. Tops of root crops must be trimmed to approximately 1 inch, except for garlic, which must be trimmed between 1-2”.
  21. The committee defines heirloom varieties as those meeting the following criteria: a named variety that is open pollinated (nonhybrid), possessing a history of its own and having been in existence for at least 50 years.
  22. The miscellaneous (other) class may be subdivided if warranted by number of entries of any one type of vegetable.
  23. To be designated as Best of Show an exhibit must have been judged excellent regardless of number of entries in the class.
  24. Specimens showing signs of deterioration through the course of the week will be discarded at the discretion of the committee.