The Grayson County Fair will return on Aug. 11-12, once again held at Bottomley’s Evergreens warehouse in Elk Creek.

One of the fun features each year is Grayson LandCare's hay bale decorating contest, with awards presented to the top three finishers based on community votes. The hay bale creations are placed throughout the county to promote the fair.

Last year's winner was the Grayson County Department of Social Services' “happy camper” entry with 75 votes. Second place went to Grayson County High School's Future Farmers of America with 67 votes, and third place went to Mike and Kitty Watson's caterpillar with 50 votes.

Other entries came from Bridle Creek United Methodist Church, the McKnight Family, Carter Bank & Trust and Independence Farmers Market.

Fair organizers are encouraging people in the community to start thinking about entering contests that range from livestock shows and a honey competition to categories for food, flowers, field crops, baked and preserved goods, arts and crafts. There's even an annual dog show.

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