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DC State Fair celebrates the home-grown passions of DC talented bakers, brewers, canners, beekeepers, gardeners, artists, and kids.
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Hey DC State Fair fans!

Our 4th annual DC State Fair is coming up on September 28th at Barracks Row Fall Festival, and this year we're trying something new. We've always relied on donations, sponsorships, and entry fees to help cover the considerable costs of putting on the Fair. But we want to make the Fair as open and accessible as possible. If we make our Kickstarter goal, we pledge there will be no entry fees at this year's Fair!

Plus, you'll definitely want to take this opportunity to get DC State Fair merch with our sweet, sweet logo. Tshirts sold out at last year's Fair, and there's no guarantee that we'll have all merch items on hand at the Fair this year. Secure your swag today and help us make our goal! Plus, at the higher levels there are some pretty cool opportunities to help judge the DC State Fair's contests.

Alternatively, if you just want to make a donation, go ahead and pick the reward level you'd like to donate at. After the Kickstarter is over, we'll give you the chance to decline the items or judging.

Your support keeps us going. Thank you!

About the Fair: Founded in 2010, DC State Fair is an all-volunteer non-profit that organizes several annual events for District residents, culminating in the big end-of-summer DC State Fair. Our contests celebrate the home-grown talents of DC's bakers, gardeners, picklers, jam-makers, crafters, knitters, photographers, beekeepers, brewers, and kids. Each year we partner with a neighborhood festival, though in the future DC State Fair may turn into a standalone event. 

DC State Fair 2013 Preview: We'll have announcements soon with all the information about this year's contests, registration dates, and deadlines. We expect almost all of last year's contests to be back, and maybe a new contest or two. Last year's contests included:

  • Pie Contests (Best In Show, Best Apple, Best Crust, Most Creative)
  • Cupcake Contests (Best In Show, Most Creative)
  • Homebrew Contests (Best in Show, Best Malt, Best Hop, Best Fruit & Spice, Best Yeast, Best Roast/Smoke/Wood)
  • Arts & Crafts Contests (Knitting and Crochet, Sewing, Bike Accessory Craft)
  • Photography Contest
  • Contests for Kids (Art, Poetry)
  • Gardening Contests (Tastiest Tomato, Funkiest-Looking Vegetable, Longest Vegetable, Heaviest Vegetable, Heaviest Fruit)
  • Prepared Foods Contests (Jams & Jellies, Cucumber Pickle, Other Vegetable Pickle, Fruit Pickle, Fermented Vegetable)
  • Honey Contest (for DC beekeepers)

Risks and challenges

Well, there was that one year when Hurricane Irene cancelled the DC State Fair (along with Columbia Heights Day, our host that year). But we were able to regroup and hold the fair one month later. We're pretty scrappy.

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    We will send you a PDF with winning recipes from the 2013 DC State Fair. Make great pies, cupcakes, jams, and pickles at home!

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    BUMPER STICKER! Get a DC State Fair bumper sticker featuring our fabulous logo, plus a PDF of winning recipes from the 2013 Fair.

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    CAR MAGNET! Get a super-cool, super-durable DC State Fair magnet for your car or refrigerator, plus a PDF of winning recipes from the 2013 Fair.

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    TSHIRT! We'll mail you a t-shirt emblazoned with our awesome logo (you'll get a follow-up survey to ask your size), or you can pick it up at the Fair. Plus you get the PDF of winning recipes.

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    BRONZE COMBO: You get the DC State Fair t-shirt, the PDF of winning recipes, and your choice of a bumper sticker or car magnet. A pretty sweet trio for $35!

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    GROCERY BAG! Wow, it's an attractive red reusable grocery bag from Chico with the DC State Fair logo -- the bag even folds up into its own little pouch! Plus you get the PDF of winning recipes.

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    SILVER COMBO: You get the DC State Fair grocery bag, the PDF of winning recipes, and your choice of a bumper sticker or car magnet. Nice!

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    GOLD COMBO: DC State Fair tshirt AND grocery bag, AND your choice of bumper sticker or car magnet, plus the PDF of winning recipes. A fantastic value!

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    SUPER SUPPORTER PACK: Tshirt, grocery bag, bumper sticker, car magnet, PLUS a special, super-deluxe PDF with even more winning recipes from DC State Fairs both past AND present.

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    PRELIM JUDGE: You get everything in the Super Supporter Pack, plus you'll be invited to judge a preliminary round of one of our contests. Think of the possibilities: cupcakes, pies, homebrew, pickles! Any contest you're not entering yourself.

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    FINAL JUDGE: You get everything in the Super Supporter Pack, plus you'll be invited to judge a FINAL round of one of our contests. Taste and judge the best of the best (as long as it's not a contest you're entering).

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    PLATINUM COMBO: You get everything in the Super Supporter Pack, plus judging opportunities, plus a beautiful framed print of your favorite photography contest entry.

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