Open class exhibits at the Stutsman County Fair this year include projects from people age 2 to 80-plus who live from the East Coast to the West Coast and seemingly everywhere in between. "It's open to everyone. They do not have to be a resident of Stutsman County," said Gayle Frey, Home & Hobby supervisor. At least a few of the people who submitted projects from out of state were grandchildren of Stutsman County residents. Exhibitors are up this year, officials said. There are 282 exhibitors (40 more than last year) and 1,308 exhibits (68 more than last year).
An atmosphere of heightened anticipation hung over the Stutsman County Fairgrounds Tuesday as 4-H'ers, open class exhibitors and organizers prepared for the fair's opening day today. "We're getting things entered and putting them all together in order to be judged," said Carrie Roemmich, a Home & Hobby (open class) superintendent. Perishable items including crops and food were judged Tuesday evening, and the rest of the Home & Hobby projects will be judged at 2:30 p.m.