The Open Class of the 2014 Grundy County Fair included approximately 300 exhibits submitted by 45 participants. As in previous years the photography class had the largest number of entries. Number of entries increased in both food preservation and baked goods. Other classes included fruits, vegetables, flowers, quilts, table runners, pillows, wall hangings, crocheting, repurposed items, crafts, seasonal items, etc.
Over $500 was earned by exhibitors for ribbon premiums. Each exhibit is judged on its own merit regardless of number of entries in a class. From the exhibits receiving blue ribbons the outstanding exhibits also received a purple ribbon. In all 18 purple ribbons were awarded.
The Chocolate Chip Cookie contest, sponsored by the Bakker family, was also held in the Open Class Building. The contest is held annually in memory of Jennie Bakker, originator and superintendent of the Open Class for many years. This year there were 13 entries, with Karen McMartin receiving first place.
Volunteers are an important part of the Open Class show. About a dozen volunteers and the 45 exhibitors teamed up to make this year a success. Thanks to everyone who helped, participated or visited the Open Class show.