Hay! Show Off the Cream of Your Crop

Large, round hay bales dot the landscape

Addison County Fair and Field Days is just around the corner! We were all sad to miss out on this celebration of agriculture and community last year due to the pandemic, but we’re thrilled that it’s returning August 10-14, 2021.

It’s also the perfect opportunity to show off the cream of your crop! You’re invited and encouraged to enter your crops, forage, and grain for judging.

Here’s how it works…

  1. A farm may only have one (1) entry in each class. All entries must be produced on the exhibitor’s farm. See below for the classes.
  2. Bring exhibits to the 4-H Exhibit Building on Monday, August 9 between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. This is the only time to enter!
  3. Entries must be tagged using Field Days’ tags: grower name, farm name, address, class, and variety.
  4. Entries will be judged and awarded ribbons as follows: Excellent – Blue; Good – Red; Fair – White; Rosettes for Best of Class and Best of Show.
  5. Premiums Paid: Blue – $15; Red – $10; White – $5; Best of Each Class – $25; Best of Show – $50

All samples submitted will be judged on:

  1. Freedom from plant defects or contamination.
  2. Yield and crop quality potential.
  3. Proper maturity at harvest for storage.
  4. Proper moisture content for storage.
  5. Conformation of size and uniformity.

Classes – Field Crops, Forage & Grain


  1. Corn Plants – 3 whole plants with roots.
  2. Soybeans – 10 plants with roots.
  3. Cereal Grains – 20 stems (wheat, barley, oat, rye)


  1. Corn Silage – 1 quart jar.
  2. Corn Snaplage or Ground ear corn – 1 quart jar.
  3. Grass Haylage – 1 quart jar.
  4. Legume Haylage (alfalfa, clover) – 1 quart jar.
  5. Baled/Wrapped Silage Hay


  1. 1st Cut Legume Hay (alfalfa, clover) – 1 slice of bale.
  2. 1st Cut Grass Hay – 1 slice of bale.
  3. 2nd Cut Legume Hay (alfalfa, clover) – 1 slice of bale.
  4. 2d Cut Grass Hay – 1 slice of bale.


  1. Corn Grain Whole Kernel – 1 quart jar.
  2. Corn Grain Ground – 1 quart jar.
  3. Soybean Grain – 1 quart jar.
  4. Cereal Grain (wheat, barley, oat, rye) – 1 quart jar.
  5. Other Dry Grain (oilseed, buckwheat, other) – 1 quart jar.