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Open class attracts 953 exhibits

OPEN CLASS: These blooms are among the 953 entries in the Open Class Exhibits on display in Clinton Hall 5-9 p.m. Tuesday through Friday at the Clinton County and 4-H Fair.

BY SHARON BARDONNER - sbardonner@ftimes.com

The Open Class entries at the Clinton County & 4-H Fair soared this year, with 953 exhibits entered overall, according to Marvel Albitz, a perennial organizer and entrant who also usually takes a few ribbons home herself.

“This is the biggest Open Class we’ve seen in a couple of years,” she said Sunday as vendors were still getting set up in Clinton Hall where the Open Class exhibits are housed.

Albitz said the entries in the Fine Arts category had ballooned because clients at Abilities Services Inc. entered quite a few pieces.

Fine Arts coordinator Alice Cleveland had 50 entries this year but typically only sees about 15.

Also more popular was the Foods category, which drew 70 entries, more than double the 30 food items usually exhibited. 

“As hot as it is, I didn’t think I’d have any,” said Albitz.

She noted she had won Sweepstakes and the Judges’ Choice Overall for her Chocolate Bundt and Do Nothing Cakes, respectively.

Her Chocolate Bundt Cake was loaded with two cups of chocolate chips, and her simple 9-inch by 13-inch Do Nothing Cake was “quick and easy,” she said.

“I was very pleased,” she said. “It’s neat to do this. I’ve been entering since 1983, so I ought to have it down pat by now.”

Fairgoers can visit the Open Class Exhibits in Clinton Hall 5-9 p.m. Tuesday through Friday at the Clinton County & 4-H Fair at 1701 S. Jackson St., Frankfort.