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Canning & Food Preservation

Date: Sept 25 - Sept 29, 2019

CO-CHAIR: Margie Erben, Canning and Food Preservation and Homemade Salsa

CO-CHAIR: Adrienne Pierce, Homemade Wines
CO-CHAIR: Mandie ErbenHome Brews

All entries must be in PINT or QUART Ball, Kerr or Mason Brand jars to be considered for tri-color or trophy competition. All canning and Food Preservation entries must be preserved using the approved hot water method for food safety purposes.

Entries will be accepted between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 25th. Judging for canning and food preservation will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 25th, beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Wine, Home Brew and Salsa Tasting judging will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 25th at 7:00pm. No spectators are allowed during the judging process.
The screening committee and/or the Chairperson must accept all entries and their decisions are final.
All entries must be picked up on Sunday, September 29th, between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. or Monday, September 30th, between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon.

One exhibitor’s day admission pass will be given for each “quart-equivalent” entry accepted for canning and food preservation. (Example: 1 quart = 1 pass, 2 pints = 1 pass, or 4 half pints = 1 pass, etc.). One exhibitor’s admission pass will be given for each entry of homemade wine, 1 pass for each 2 bottles of home brew, 1 pass for each homemade flavored oil, or homemade favored vinegar exhibit.

Rules for Canning and Food Preservation:
All entries for canning and food preservation must be in a standard Ball, Kerr or Mason ½ pint, 12-ounce, 1 pint, 1½ pint, or quart canning jar, sealed and processed using the standard Ball Canning Guidebook’s hot water canning process.
We have been informed that Jarden, the County Fair supporting branch of Bell canning will no longer sponsor fairs and events. The CCFA will continue to award trophies, tricolor ribbons and blurred, and white ribbons to our fair winners.

Go to or to for directions and guidelines on the hot water canning method and to get started in learning to can and preserve.

No paraffin sealed products will be accepted for food safety reasons and due to extreme heat conditions in the exhibit halls. For food safety and sanitation, no items will be accepted that have not been canned using the hot water sealing process as defined by Ball Canning Corporation. See the websites listed above for more information.

To be considered for judging for tri-color and trophy prizes, entries must be presented in 1 pint or larger canning jars. Jars smaller than 1 pint may be considered as a group, or 8 oz (1/2 pint) jars…such as those used for jams and jellies… will be grouped together to make 1 pint for display and will be judged as one entry for blue, red or white ribbons only.

Seals, rings, and jars should be clean of labels, names and other markings. NO RUSTY SEALS OR RINGS WILL BE ACCEPTED. These entries will be disqualified for food safety and sanitation reasons. All home canned foods must have been prepared within the last calendar year (October 2018 – September 2019).

Tri-color and trophy award winners will be awarded only for entries in Ball or Kerr pint or quart size jars Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion awards will be given to those individuals judged as the best in designated categories.

A panel of judges will select the two best entries submitted by an adult for Fruit, Vegetable, Picked Food, and Soft Spread categories.

1) Canning and Food Preservation Best of Show
2) Best Fruit (Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion)
3) Best Pickled Foods (Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion)
4) Best Vegetable (Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion)
5) Best Soft Spread (Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion)

We encourage entries in the Youth Canning and Food Preservation Division from participants under age 18, but still enrolled in school. To win, entries must follow the same guidelines as adult entries listed above. We encourage families to cook and can together as a family project. Tri-color awards for Grand Champion will be award to youth in the following categories as long as we have at least 3 entries:
1) Best Fruit
2) Best Pickled Foods
3) Best Vegetable
4) Best Soft Spread

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