Visit the Fair, Leave With Ideas for Your Garden

— Written By and last updated by Diane Lynch

Q: What kind of gardening exhibits can I find at the Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair?

A: When fair time rolls around, often thoughts of rides, food, games, and animals come to mind. The Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair also offers a lot for the gardeners at heart. One can get many new ideas and information to take back to their own gardens.

Be sure to check out the Wayne County Extension Master Gardener Volunteers’ demonstration gardens. One can walk away with many ideas from learning about plants for the landscape to ideas about how to design a garden in a new and different way.

There are two garden spaces for viewing: vegetable and flower gardens. The gardens provide a lot of great ideas of what someone can do in a small space.

The Extension Master Gardeners are volunteers with the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service who assist in providing relevant and reliable gardening information to people in Wayne County. One of their many projects is the design and upkeep of the demonstration gardens at the fairgrounds, which they work on year-round. The purpose of the gardens is to provide people with new ideas and information about plants and gardening.

Got gardening questions? The Extension Master Gardener Volunteers will also be on hand at their gardens to provide help with your gardening needs. Learn how to better care for your plants and lawn. Ask questions about insects, diseases, and weeds. You can also pick up popular N.C. Cooperative Extension publications to increase your gardening knowledge. They can even tell you more about the Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program and how one can become a volunteer.

The next spot to search out at the fair is the plant exhibits. On display are entries that are judged before the start of the fair. Check out the blue ribbon vegetables and fruits that include potatoes, okra, peppers, gourds, grapes, and many more. If you enjoy seeing beautiful flowers, be sure to see the flower show. The flower show has flower entries of all kinds and sizes. There are many flower arrangements, hanging baskets, and cut flowers that are blue ribbon worthy.

If you grow vegetables, fruit, and flowers you think are blue ribbon worthy, you may want to consider entering them as a fair exhibit. Entries are accepted at the fairgrounds on Wednesday, September 25th from 3 to 8 p.m. and Thursday, September 26th from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. There are many, many categories one can enter. To learn more about these categories go to and click on “Fair Book” to download the fair book and see the possible categories one can submit entries to.

If you are interested in honeybees, beekeeping, and honey be sure to stop by the Beekeepers of the Neuse booth. They will have an observation hive where you can see how honeybees live and work. You can also pick up information on beekeeping, ask beekeepers questions, and buy local honey.

Be sure to include the Wayne Regional Agriculture Fair in your schedule. The fair will be from Thursday, September 26th to Saturday, October 5th. Grab your favorite fair food and take a stroll through the gardens, plant exhibits, and displays to take away new ideas for your own garden. Enjoy the fair!

Upcoming Gardening Events in Wayne County:
• Wayne Regional Agriculture Fair: Sept. 26 – Oct. 5.
o Demonstration gardens created by the Wayne County Extension Master Gardener Volunteers will be open for viewing during fair hours. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer gardening questions.
o Beekeepers of the Neuse will have a booth at the fair with information about beekeeping and will have local honey for sell. Members will be on hand to answer questions about bees and beekeeping.

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Jessica Strickland
Extension Agent
North Carolina Cooperative Extension
Wayne County Center
P. O. Box 68
Goldsboro, NC 27533
Phone: 919-731-1525
Fax: 919-731-1511