The Tennessee State Fair has opened registration online for those across the state who wish to participate in any of the categories listed for competition - from baking cakes and pies, to shooting a prize-wining photograph to raising a blue ribbon championship dairy cow.
Hundreds of entries are received each year in the fair's competition program, which organizers of the annual event say is the heart and soul of the state fair.
"For more than 100 years, homemakers, kids, farmers and others have been entering the contests hosted by the fair," said Scott Jones, manager of the Tennessee State Fair.
Jones explained that participants who enter the various competitions do so for a number of reasons.
"They get to test their talents against others, learn more through the judging process about the particular area in which they have a special interest and of course they get to compete against the very best from all of Tennessee's 95 counties," he said, adding there is a competition category for almost any possible talent or interest.
As an example, Jones noted there are 63 different areas in which entrants may compete in the adult baking competition. He said it is much the same in all other competition divisions including creative arts, livestock, agriculture and others.
"And," Jones said, "it's important to know that the competition are open for both youth and adults."
He encouraged those who may be interested in entering one or perhaps more of the competition areas to visit the Tennessee State Fair's website at www.tnstatefair.org/competititons. Jones described the registration process as "easy" and said the website provides a full explanation of rules and guidelines for all entries.
This year's Tennessee State Fair opens on Friday, Sept. 9 and runs for 10 days, closing on Sunday, Sept. 18. The fair is held annually at the state fairgrounds in Nashville.