Free Fair entries

Citizens from all over the Stephens County entered their crafts, canning and fruit for the 2017 Free Fair. 

For those who are hoping to bring home a blue ribbon at the fair will need start gathering their work. The Stephens County Free Fair is Aug. 22-25, with entry day ever closer.

The OSU Extension Free Fair book — which is the guide for entering the competitions at the fair — is ready, so people can decide what categories they’d like to enter and understand the requirements for each competition.

OSU extension educator Brenda S. Gandy-Jones said the fair was for everyone.

“The best part about the county fair is that it’s a lot fun and everyone can participate,” Gandy-Jones said. “It’s a great chance to soak up some local flavor and make new friends. Anyone living in Stephens County is welcome to enter their works in open class. There are opportunities to enter everything from fine art to crafts, baked goods, photography, woodworking to classic needlework and quilts.”

Gandy-Jones said a category that seems to keep growing is photography.

“The photography contest has grown to be one of our most popular contest at the County Fair,” Gandy-Jones said. “Photos are judged on their artistic perspectives of composition and design.”

Entries for all categories will be taken from 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Fairgrounds.

According to Gandy-Jones, other contest highlights include The Best of Bread Baking Contest, Decorated Cake and Cupcake Contest. Another big draw is the best pie competition which usually has a panel of judges. The winners receive a special apron.

The 2017 Fair books are available at the Stephens County Extension Office and Stephens County Fair & Expo Office, 2002 S 13th Street in Duncan. Information is also available online at