101st annual ephrata fair!!
September 24-28, 2019

(717) 733-4451

Ephrata Fair Contests & Exhibits

Contests & Exhibits


In addition to the many other fair contests and exhibits, we’re inviting you to demonstrate your skills and talents via several 100 year-themed categories.

Special Contests and Exhibits This Year

“Celebrate 100 Years” Cake Contest
Sponsored By: Redner’s Warehouse Markets

Show off your confectionary skills AND your community spirit by entering our special cake contest. All entries must be decorated in a celebratory theme to honor the Fair’s 100-year milestone.


This contest is open to Lancaster County resident amateur bakers and cooks of all ages. We will accept one entry per contestant.


How Can You Enter?


Please pre-register by calling or emailing Deb Felak (contact info below) as soon as possible after September 1. Only the first 24 registration requests will be accepted!


When Do Entries Need to be Received?

If your registration is approved, bring your entry, along with the cake’s recipe, to the front of the fair building at 19 S. State Street between 2 and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 29.


How Will Winners Be Selected?

Our judges will consider entries’ taste, recipe creativity, design originality, and overall appearance.

What Premiums Will Be Awarded?

Redner’s Warehouse Markets Gift Cards in the following amounts will be presented to the winners of this contest.

1st Prize – $75.00

2nd Prize – $50.00

3rd Prize – $25.00

Judging will begin promptly at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 30. The public is invited watch the excitement AND samples of the entries will be distributed after the winners are announced.

Have questions?

Contact Deb Felak

(717) 733-4451 ext. 1515

Craft of 100 Buttons


Adults and youth, create a craft (any class listed in the Craft Department within the 2018 Premium Book) using 100 buttons! The craft must be finished and ready for use or display. See the 2018 Premium book for details about the youth craft and adult craft categories.

100 Years-Inspired Flower Design Contest


We welcome adults to enter our special Old-fashioned Design/Arrangement contest to

celebrate 100 years of the Ephrata Fair.

Contest Rules:

  • Entries should use heirloom flowers (fresh, dried or combination) that are homegrown or purchased.
  • Container must be in harmony with the flowers.  
  • Staging panel and underlay, provided by the exhibitor, are required.
  • Staging panel must be 15 inches high and 12 inches wide.  
  • Underlay must be 12 inches wide and 10 inches deep.  

For more information, call 717-733-4451 ext.1710, or see the 100th Design/Arrangement classification details in the 2018 Premium Book.

100 Legos Diorama


Youth are invited to design a diorama, consisting of 100 Legos, to the theme of

“Honoring the Past, Celebrating the Future.”  

For rules, see the Youth Models category information in the 2018 Premium Book.

Special 100 Needlecraft Contest

Adults and youth. create a fashion accessory or household item that has one of the following elements:  

  • 100 fabric pieces or patches
  • 100 knitted or crocheted rows
  • 100 decorative stitches  

Entries must be finished and ready for use. Entrants must specify the element used and judges must be able to count the 100 items used in the craft.  

For additional details, refer to the 2018 Premium Book Youth and Adult Needlecraft classification information.

Vote For Your Favorite Downtown Business Window Display


Local Ephrata businesses along the mid-way will demonstrate their community pride and support of 100 years of the Ephrata Fair by decorating their storefront windows.

From Tues. September 25 to Thurs. September 27, stop by the Ephrata Fair building to vote for the business window you believe shows the most Ephrata Fair spirit!

Votes will be counted on Thursday at 10 pm and the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be announced on Friday morning at the Fair building.

If you’re a business along the midway and have questions about the participation information we had provided to you in May, please call the Fair office at 717-733-4451 or send an email message to fair@ephratafair.org.


Contest Locations

4-H & FFA Ag Contests

Contest Location
Dairy Beef Grater Memorial Park
4-H Dairy Grater Memorial Park
Boer Breeding Goats Grater Memorial Park
Breeding Sheep Grater Memorial Park
Lamb Grater Memorial Park
Swine Grater Memorial Park
Goats Grater Memorial Park
Good Housekeeping Grater Memorial Park
Grains Grater Memorial Park
Pumpkin Grater Memorial Park
Tobacco Grater Memorial Park
Textile Sciences and Art
Ceramics Ephrata Borough Building
Needlecraft (Knitting, Quilting, Crochet, Cross Stitch Ephrata Borough Building

Action Packed Contests

Contest Location
Antique Farm Tractor Pull Grater Memorial Park
Antique Tractor Games Grater Memorial Park
BERG Go Kart Race Grater Memorial Park
Quoit Tournament Grater Memorial Park
Family Pedal Tractor Pull Grater Memorial Park
Talking Turkey Contest Grater Memorial Park
Tug of War Grater Memorial Park

Art Contests

Contest Location
Drawing Ephrata Fire Hall
Oil Painting / Acrylic Ephrata Fire Hall
Photography Fair Office
Print Ephrata Fire Hall
Watercolor Ephrata Fire Hall

Cooking and Baking Contests

Contest Location
Angel Food Cake Fair Office
Apple Pie Fair Office
Baked Goods Fair Office
Bread Machine Breads Fair Office
Butter Cakes Fair Office
Candy Fair Office
Cheesecake Fair Office
Cookies Fair Office
Cupcakes Fair Office
Decorated Cake Fair Office
Egg Cakes Fair Office
Fantastic Dessert Fair Office
PA Preferred Baking Chips Fair Office
PA Preferred Cocoa Fair Office
Homemade Soap Fair Office
Homemade Noodles Fair Office
Pies Fair Office
Potato Chips Fair Office
Rolls Fair Office
Quick Breads Fair Office
Yeast Breads Fair Office

Craft Contests

Contest Location
Bead Work Ephrata Fire Hall
Calligraphy Ephrata Fire Hall
Ceramics Ephrata Fire Hall
Cone, Nut & Seed Work Ephrata Fire Hall
Dried Flowers Ephrata Fire Hall
Gift Boxes Ephrata Fire Hall
Decorations Ephrata Fire Hall
Dolls Ephrata Fire Hall
Folk Art Ephrata Fire Hall
Household Furnishings Ephrata Fire Hall
Jewelry Ephrata Fire Hall
Leather Work Ephrata Fire Hall
Macrame Ephrata Fire Hall
Models Ephrata Fire Hall
Mosaic Ephrata Fire Hall
Painted Clothing Ephrata Fire Hall
Painted Objects Ephrata Fire Hall
Paper Work Ephrata Fire Hall
Plaster Craft Ephrata Fire Hall
Pottery/Stoneware Ephrata Fire Hall
Scherenschnitte Ephrata Fire Hall
Scrapbooking Ephrata Fire Hall
Sculpture Ephrata Fire Hall
Shell Work Ephrata Fire Hall
Stamping Ephrata Fire Hall
Straw Work Ephrata Fire Hall
Tie Dye Ephrata Fire Hall
Weaving Ephrata Fire Hall
Woodwork Ephrata Fire Hall

Family Fun Night Contests

Contest Location
Apple Balancing Race
(Ages 9-11 & 12-14)
Grater Memorial Park
Bag Race
(Ages 8-14, 2/Team)
Grater Memorial Park
Bale Throwing
(Ages 15+)
Grater Memorial Park
Egg Throwing
(Ages 15+, 2/Team)
Grater Memorial Park
Potato Picking
(Ages 5-7 & 8-10)
Grater Memorial Park
Three Wheeler Race
(Bring Your Own, Ages 4 & Under, 5-8)
Grater Memorial Park
Water Balloon Throwing
(Ages 8-14, 2/Team)
Grater Memorial Park
Wheelbarrow Race
(Ages 14+, 2/Team)
Grater Memorial Park

Growing Contests

Contest Location
Floral Exhibits Ephrata Fire Hall
Flowers Ephrata Fire Hall
Fruits Grater Memorial Park
Grain, Seed, Forage, Tobacco Grater Memorial Park
Houseplants Ephrata Fire Hall
Pumpkins Grater Memorial Park
Ornamental Grasses Ephrata Fire Hall
Vegetables Grater Memorial Park

Just for Fun Contests

Contest Location
Group Exhibits From Local Organizations Grater Memorial Park
Decorated Wheelbarrow Grater Memorial Park
Coloring Contest Grater Memorial Park (Barnyard Academy)

Parade Contests

Contest Location
Parade See Route

Needlecraft Contests

Contest Location
Afghans & Quilts Ephrata Borough Building
Clothing Ephrata Borough Building
Quilt Block Ephrata Borough Building
Rugs Ephrata Borough Building

Raising Contests

Contest Location
Apiary Products (Honey, Beeswax) Fair Office
Dairy Cattle Grater Memorial Park
Poultry Grater Memorial Park
Rabbits Grater Memorial Park

Specialty Food Contests

Contest Location
Canned Fruit Fair Office
Canned Vegetables Fair Office
Culinary Delights (Chili Sauce, Fruit Leather, Fruit Syrup, Jerky, Pizza Sauce, Salsa, Salted Nuts) Fair Office
Dried Fruits & Vegetables Fair Office
Juices Fair Office
Pickles & Relishes Fair Office
Spiced Fruits Fair Office
Spreads (Butter, Honey, Jam, Jelly) Fair Office
Homemade Wines Fair Office

Youth Contests

Contest Location
Art Ephrata Fire Hall
Crafts Ephrata Fire Hall
Decorated Pumpkins Grater Memorial Park
Foods Fair Office
Flowers Ephrata Fire Hall
Models Fair Office
Needlecraft Ephrata Borough Building
Photography Fair Office