As exhibitors gear up for the annual Young County Livestock Show, set for Jan. 16-18, 2014, men, women and children throughout the county are also reminded of the annual Young County Fair taking place in conjunction with the main show. This year's event features a number of different categories that are open to 4-H and FFA members, as well as adults, teens and children not affiliated with either organization. All 4-H and FFA members may also compete in the 2014 Pound Cake Contest, as well. Young County Fair The Young County Fair is divided into categories and contests in the areas of Culinary Arts, Cultural Arts, Photography and Shop. A $5 entry fee will be assessed for each item entered into the fair, and entry forms will be available at registration and entry drop-off from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, at the Young County Arena. Each entry must be the work of the exhibitor, and may not have ever been previously entered at the Young County Fair. Ribbons for first through fifth places will be awarded in each category, and grand champions in each division will win a small cash prize dependent on the number of entries in the division. Age divisions include adult (18 or older and not a high school student); senior (ninth to 12th grade); intermediate (sixth to eighth grade); junior (third to fifth grade); and clover (kindergarten to second grade). Clover entries are non-competitive, and entries will receive exhibitor ribbons. Items must be picked up by exhibitors before 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18. Categories will include: Culinary Arts - cookies, cakes - scratch, cakes - cake mixes (with added ingredients), candy, yeast bread, quick bread, pies (if shell is not homemade, it must be noted on recipe card), sugar-free desserts, canning, other foods (foods that do not fit into any other category). In this category, recipes must be written onto a card and submitted with each entry. Do not include any identifying information on the card. Items without complete recipes will not be considered for placement. Include recipes for both pie and crust, or note if a frozen or refrigerated crust is used. Creative Arts Division - creative cakes (judged on appearance only), needlework, fabric clothing accessories (collars, belts, scarves, etc.), clothing: wearable art (garments painted or decorated), leather craft, jewelry, floral arrangement, art originals (oil and watercolor), pen/ink/charcoal/pencil, recycled or pre-consumer waste creation, constructed home accessories and other (items that do not fit into any other category). Paintings and drawings must be displayed in a frame. Shop - painted wood art, woodworking, metal work, other. All projects must be painted or properly treated, and must be clean and in presentable condition. No tractors, trucks or other vehicles will be allowed as part of any display. No gasoline will be allowed in any fuel tank on any exhibit. Photography - people (color), animals (color), still live (color), natural landscape (color), plant/flora (color), architectural elements (color), architectural elements (black and white), special effects/creative arts, picture story (color), people (black and white), animals (black and white), still life (black and white), natural landscape (black and white), plant/flora (black and white) and sepia. All photos must be 8 X 10 in size and displayed in a plastic sheet protector. Pound Cake Contest The Pound Cake Contest is open at all Young County 4-H and FFA members. In this competition, members follow the prescribed recipe and submit up to two pound cakes for judging. All entries must be submitted on aluminum foil-covered pieces of cardboard from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, at the Young County Arena. Three judges will appraise all entries, and judging will consider taste, texture, appearance and attention to instructions. Classes are open for senior members in grades eight through 12, and to junior members in grades three through seven. A grand and reserve champion will be named, and each class will have first through third place winners and a monetary scholarship. Grand and reserve champion winners will qualify for the premium sale on Jan. 18, with funds from the sale going to the YCJLS committee for use in helping support the show. All other entries may be picked up anytime on Wednesday, Jan. 15, and all entries not retrieved will be disposed of. View an electronic copy of the rules for the Young County Fair and the 2014 Pound Cake Contest, including the required coconut pound cake recipe, online at young.agrilife.org, call (940) 549-0737 or email pewarren@ag.tamu.edu.