FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY, AUG. 2, 2012
Pony Express picks up Mountain State Fair
entries in 13 western counties
FLETCHER — Craftsmen, artists, food preservationists and others in 13 Western North Carolina counties can take advantage of the Pony Express, a free service that makes it easy to submit their handiwork in the N.C. Mountain State Fair competitions.
Anyone interested in entering non-perishable items to this year’s fair can drop them off at their local extension office before Aug. 20. Below is a list of participating county extension offices:
- Avery, 828-733-8270
- Cherokee, 828-837-2210
- Cherokee Reservation, 828-554-6930
- Clay, 828-389-6305
- Graham, 828-479-7979
- Jackson, 828-586-4009
- Macon, 828-349-2046
- Madison 828-649-2411
- McDowell, 828-652-7121
- Mitchell, 828-688-4811
- Swain, 828-488-3848
- Watauga, 828-264-3061
- Yancey, 828-682-6186
Entries should be wrapped and packaged securely for transport. Each package should be labeled with the entrant’s name and county of residence, and have a completed entry form attached.
Staff from the N.C. Cooperative Extension and Mountain State Fair will transport entries to the fair for free, where they will be judged and displayed. Entries will be returned to extension offices no later than Sep. 21. Any prize money won will be mailed directly to the winners, provided they include their Social Security number on their entry form.
The Entry and Award Catalog details the rules, deadlines, cash prizes and judging criteria for each contest. The catalog is available online at www.mountainfair.org/mountain-state-fair/competitions.html. Printed copies of the catalog can also be picked up at the WNC Ag Center in Fletcher or the WNC Farmers Market on Brevard Road in Asheville.
For more information on the 2012 N.C. Mountain State Fair, go to www.mountainfair.org or call 828-687-1414. The fair will take place Sept. 7-16 at the WNC Ag Center.