Please Note:  Articles for Entries will be accepted Sunday, August 25th from 12 Noon-6:00pm and Monday, August 26th from 9am-8:00pm. All Judging will take place on Tuesday, August 27th.

You may enter in as many classes as you like, but only One entry per lot unless otherwise designated.

All Entry Forms Close on August 20th.

Entries must remain in place until 5:00 pm on Monday, Sept. 2nd and must be removed by Tuesday, Sept. 3rd by 2:00 pm. The Fair is not responsible for items left after 2:00 pm on Sept. 3rd.  Entries removed prior to 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 2nd relinquish all prizes and ribbons associated with entries.

Receive 2 FREE 1 day passes for this years Lancaster Fair, when you exhibit items in the Arts and Crafts hall, and acquire 75 or more points.  An exhibitor’s pass will  be given to an exhibitor acquiring 200 or more points.

Points are awarded in the following manner:
Blue Ribbon (first place) 20 points
Red Ribbon (second place) 15 points
Yellow Ribbon (third place) 10 points
Entry Blank On Line 10 points
New Exhibitor 5 points
Successive Exhibitor 10 points

Numerous Exhibits:
25= 5 points
50= 10 points
75= 15 points

100=20 points
Exhibits will be judged on Tuesday before the fair opens, so be sure to include your telephone number, and we will contact you if you achieve the 75 or more points for your FREE passes.

Syrup exhibits require a quantity of one quart jar.  No labels should be submitted on exhibits with exception of color designation.  All exhibits in this department will be judged by an inspector from the Department of Agriculture of NH and/or VT. Score sheets will be given on each exhibit. All entries must be from current year’s production. All age groups will follow the same rules and use same sections and classes.

Class 1. Maple Syrup
Bring your best maple syrup to compete in one open class.
Lot 1: Golden with Delicate Taste
Lot 2: Amber with Rich Taste
Lot 3: Dark with Robust Taste

1st – $10.00 & a Ribbon; 2nd – $9.00 & a Ribbon; 3rd – $8.00 & a Ribbon

Youth: Age 17 and under
1st – $10.00 & a Ribbon; 2nd – $9.00 & a Ribbon; 3rd – $8.00 & a Ribbon

Class 2.
Lot 1. Maple Sugar Cakes or Candy, 1/2 lb. or more in commercial package.
Lot 2. Maple Cream, 1/2 lb. or more in commercial glass container.
Lot 3. Dry Maple Sugar, 1/2 lb. or more in commercial glass package.

1st – $8.00
2nd – $7.00
3rd – $6.00

Class 3. Best Display of Maple Products
Packaged to Sell – May include producer’s label.
This display shall consist of at least five maple products of good quality and shall be judged on the basis of packaging, attractive labeling, and general effectiveness of display for promoting retail sales.

Seniors and Open:
1st-$15.00; 2nd-$12.00; 3rd-$10.00

Class 4. Sweepstakes of Show
This Award will be made on the basis of the highest total score
on entries in four lots, including maple syrup, provided that any exhibitor to qualify has placed as a money winner in at least two divisions.


Judging Score Card for Maple Syrup
1. Flavor 35
2. Density 30
3. Clarity 20
4. Color 15


Explanation of Cuts
Flavor – Judged in order of best to poorest in flavor. One-half to five points deducted from score of one preceding.
Density – Each tenth of a degree below 36 degrees Baume lowers score four-tenths of a point. Each tenth over 36.5 degrees lowers score two-tenths of a point. Below 35.5 degrees Baume is disqualified.
Clarity – Crystal clear and clean. Deductions based on amount of sugar crystals, nitre, cloudiness, debris and sediment.
Color – Representative of stated grade.

Lawrence A. Carlisle Memorial Trophy


This award is presented annually by the NH Maple Producers Association for excellence in production of maple syrup. Any NHMPA member can enter, and participation from novice to advanced sugarmakers is encouraged.

Commonly referred to as the Carlisle Award, the award is named for Lawrence A. Carlisle, a commissioner of Agriculture in the 1920s and 1930s, devoted to the development of the maple industry in New Hampshire and best known for introducing the maple grading system.

Qualified Entries
To enter, a NHMPA member must enter his or her syrup in a participating NH state fair for judging. NH Department of Agriculture inspectors at each fair award prizes based on all fair entries, including those from non-NHMPA members. All entries are judged by the state’s standards for density, clarity, and flavor. Post-fair, the NHMPA will recognize the top three syrup entries made by NHMPA members. That recognition will qualify them for the Carlisle competition.

Final Judging
Qualified competitors are responsible for the storage of their own syrup sample until the annual NHMPA Winter Meeting. All qualifying entries must be brought in person in a 2 lb honey jar to the winter meeting for final judging. All entries are judged at the meeting by density, clarity, and flavor. Competitors must be present to win. Prizes are awarded for the top five syrup entries.

A few areas to note
● Competitors must be a current NHMPA member in good standing prior to the start of the fair in which the syrup has been entered.
● Syrup must be Grade A and produced in NH.

The NHMPA is dedicated to providing a fair and friendly competition in the spirit of good sportsmanship. Any competitor taking part in non-sportsmanship-like activities may be disqualified from the competition.


Class 5. Honey Products – Strained Honey to be in commercial 1 lb. Honey Jars.
1. Light Amber
2. Medium Amber
3. Dark Amber

1st-$7.00; 2nd-$6.00; 3rd-$5.00

4. Combed Honey
5. Creamed Honey
6. Bees Wax Clarified
7. Bees Wax Candles

8. Infused Honey

9. Royal Jelly

10. Pollen

1st-$5.00; 2nd-$4.00; 3rd-$3.00

Class 6. Best Display of Honey Products Packaged to sell.
This display shall consist of at least 5 honey products or by-products of good quality and shall be judged on the basis of packaging, attractive labeling, and general effectiveness of display for promoting retail sales.

1st-$15.00; 2nd-$12.00; 3rd-$10.00


A special ribbon and monetary award will be awarded to those persons having more than 25, 50 , 75 , and 100 or more entries in Dept. D-P. Only one entry per lot.

Sandra Yunghans, Director
Tel: 603/788-3519

Judge may withhold prizes for insufficient merit and remove from public view any entry or part thereof which, in his/her opinion, discredits the exhibition.