Bay County Fair Kicks Off

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Panama City - It's what county fairs were made for, judging the best of the best in food, preserves, and livestock. Sunday's judging drew hundreds to the Central Panhandle Fair.

Hundreds of jars of preserves are on display at the Bay County Farigrounds. Everything from peppers to mullet have been canned for this year's contest, but it's not the taste of the products that could earn the contestant a blue ribbon. They are judged on looks, cleanliness and how the jars are presented.

The practicing of preserving goods had been a long-standing tradition at county fairs all over the county, but some judges worry it may eventually become a lost tradition.

"We always worry the first few days we are taking in that we're not going to have much, but then all of a sudden they come in and we have a good display," said Emma Helms, one of the judges.

The fair will be open from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, with admission of $10.

Wednesday is Senior Day, so anybody over the age of 55 will get in free.

Thursday and Friday have been slated to celebrate School Day, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. All students get in free, and each adult pays $5.

The fair's final day is Saturday, with hours scheduled from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. All admission is $5.

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