Gardening contests will be open to youth during the Hancock County Junior Fair, with entries accepted from 3:30-7 p.m. Tuesday in the Youth Building.

Children ages 8 and younger who raised sunflowers and/or pumpkins are eligible to enter one pumpkin and one sunflower. Immature specimens or pictures may be entered if a mature plant entry is not available.

Any Hancock County youth aged 9-18 may enter specimens in the vegetable and flower displays. Entries must be grown, selected and prepared for exhibit by the exhibitor.

Any youth 18 and younger may bring an entry for the decorated fruit and vegetable contest. The main body must be a fruit or vegetable, and it may be painted and/or decorated. Participants are not required to have grown items used in the exhibit, and should choose a name for the entry.

Entries from youth 8 and younger will be displayed, but will not be judged. Items will remain on display only through Wednesday.

For more information, see the Junior Fair Premium Book or contact Ann Brickner at 419-387-7230 or