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Real autumn goods featured at Oktoberfest

Sure, there’s craft beer and music at Oktoberfest, but a traditional contest is offered as well. With the onset of fall, there seems to be no better attraction than a traditional farmer’s fair.by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - These are the winning pie entries in last years Oktoberfest Fair. The Sandy Chapter of Future Farmers of America has held the fair for the past four years at the event at St. Michael Church on Langensand Road in Sandy.

For the fifth year in a row the Sandy High School chapter of FFA, in cooperation with the Sandy Oktoberfest, will present the Oktoberfest Fair, from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6.

The fair, judged by FFA members, carries no entry fee this year, and is open to anyone interested in showcasing their crafts or culinary talents. The categories are canning, growing, arts and cooking.

Contestants can show their canning abilities, seeking ribbons for best sauerkraut, best relish, barbecue sauce, pickles, jam or jelly.

Aspiring farmers also can compete for the honor of largest tomato, pumpkin, cucumber, squash, zucchini or sunflower, longest green bean or best chicken egg.

Crafters can vie for best quilt, finest needlepoint, or maybe most creative flower arrangement. Also, cake decorators will be competing for ribbons.

If you’re a baker or a chef, bring your cookies, pies, corn on the cob, smoked salmon or jerky and compete for accolades as well.

The thing about the fair is that, amid the brews and the music and all the other spectacles, organizer Trisha Dunn-Smith, the Sandy FFA adviser, said interest has been light in recent years.

To participate, call Dunn-Smith at 503-668-8011, ext. 7242.