The Jefferson County Extension Homemakers have judged 10 county fairs and are gearing up to volunteer as assistant superintendents at the Southeast Arkansas District Fair, Livestock Show and Rodeo at Pine Bluff, according to Mary Ann Kizer, home economics superintendent and U of A Jefferson County Extension Family and Consumer Sciences agent.

The 79th annual Southeast Arkansas District Fair will be held at Hestand Stadium Fairgrounds Tuesday through Saturday, Oct. 2-6.

The district fair will accept individual educational home economics exhibits from 1-6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, at Hestand Stadium.

Debbie James, home economics assistant superintendent, reported that county fair entries are completed in most counties, especially in the craft division.

Residents from 17 Southeast Arkansas counties are eligible to enter the Southeast Arkansas District Fair. Arkansas, Ashley, Bradley, Calhoun, Chicot, Cleveland, Dallas, Desha, Drew, Faulkner, Grant, Jefferson, Lincoln, Lonoke, Ouachita, Prairie, and White County residents are encouraged to enter clean, quality, new items made or completed during the past year.

They don’t have to win Grand or Reserve Awards at their county fairs because new judges will be at the district fair.

Home Economics Fair Entry Forms and entry tags are available in advance at the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service, 500 S. Idaho St. Call 870-534-1033 for details. The complete fair catalog is at http://www.sedistrictfair.com/Home/Fair_Book .

Home Economics Departments and Assistant Superintendents are:

Art – Bettye Johnson, Sheila Childers, Claudia Clark, Karen Gray, Vicki Inich and Kathy Rodgers;

Baked Goods – Marynell Cardin, Dixie Fritz and Nancy Rosen;

Crafts, Adults- Joyce Johnson, Delores Kelley, Linda Murray, Brenda Robinson, Jody Stout and Barbra Freeman;

Crafts, Youth – Connie Herrin, Dot Hart, Cathy Lewis and Kaye Richardson;

Creative Stitchery – Cherie and John Aronowitz;

Crochet and Knitting – Debbie James and Patsy Brown;

Food Preservation and Honey – Karen Fox, Vivian Gerlach, Kaye Green, Carolyn and Ray Harness, Sandy Smith and Debbie Staton;

Needlework and Sewing – Sarah Payton and Lynda Toler;

Photography – Jo Ann Carr, Marnette Reed and Elizabeth Wall;

Quilts – Sue Womack and Dianna Winfree;

Woodworking and Home Furnishings – Jeanette Banks, Audra Armstrong, Margaret Thomas and Linda Works;

Youth, Juniors, and Adults with Disabilities – Dee Kindrick and Donna McGowan;

Divisions include: Youth (12 years and under), Junior (13 to 18 years) and Adult (19 years and up).

Entry rules must be followed in order for entries to be accepted.

Carr reminds photographers that photography entry photographs must be 8” x 10” and matted within an 11” x 14” mat. They must have a stiff backing no thicker than mat board. No frames or glass are allowed for photography.

Also, Johnson said that art entries must be framed and ready to hang.

The Pine Bluff Quilt Guild will assist with the Quilt Division. Quilts should be completed during the past year. Hand and machine quilts are separate divisions..

The Food Preparation category edible baked goods will be tasted for quality. Only six cookies are needed to enter the cookie division. Cakes must be entered whole but may be picked up after judging with only a few slices left for display. Pies, cinnamon rolls, breads and many other foods may be entered in food preparation.

Interest continues to grow in the Food Preservation Division. Ray Harness said that Dried Meats are a new division. Only clear glass jars will be accepted so the quality of fruit and vegetables can be judged without opening the jars. Lids will be removed to check the seal and packing distance. Ball/Kerr awards will be receiving gift cards from Newell Brands Inc.

Home Economics fair entries must be picked up from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7.

The Home Economics buildings will be open nightly beginning at 5 p.m. Tuesday and during Senior Citizens and Youth Day, Thursday, Oct. 4.

Jefferson County Extension Homemakers Club members will hostess each night, including Willing Workers of White Hall - Tuesday; Heart-N-Hands – Wednesday and Friday; Camden Road and Grace Willing Workers – Thursday; Lunch Bunch and New Horizons - Saturday.

Area residents in surrounding counties are encouraged to bring their families and friends to enjoy the home economics exhibits, livestock, carnival rides, and rodeo during the district fair.

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs to all eligible persons without discrimination.