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Fair Judging

First, thank you for your decision to judge foods and/or food preservation at county fairs or the State fair. This experience can be very rewarding for you and is a great way to help educate youth and others in making good quality and safe products.

Below are resources to help educate you on how to be a judge for foods and food preservation. Please take the time to watch the videos on each topic. There are extra resources to accompany each video.

Foods & Nutrition

UPDATED!! Bread Sculpture Contest - 2019


It's More Than Keeping Your Fingers Out of the Cookie Dough! - Video on judging tips

  • Video length - 1 hour, 15 minutes


And the Winner Is! - Tips on judging foods

Judge's Guide for Foods & Nutrition Exhibits - Updated March 2019

Foods Exhibit Evaluation Form

Food Gift Basket Evaluation Form

Food Educational Exhibit Evaluation Form

Foods Label

Key Breadmaking Temperatures

When are Baked Goods Done?

Bread Machine Problems and Solutions

Food Preservation

Just Because it Seals, Doesn't Mean It's Safe! - Video on judging tips

  • Video length - 1 hour, 2 minutes


And the Winner Is! - Tips on judging food preservation

10 Tips for Safe Home-Canned Food (Spanish)

Sassy Safe Salsa at Home (Spanish)

What's Your Elevation? (Spanish)

Dry Meat Safely at Home (Spanish)

Food Preservation Labels Small 1 x 2.58

Food Preservation Labels Large 2 x 4

Food Preservation Judging Criteria

Food Safety Recommendations for Food Preservation Exhibits - Updated March 2019

Judging Home Preserved Foods - University of Georgia

Food Preservation Problems and Solutions

Canning Meat - Problems and Solutions



If you experience any technical difficulties with viewing the videos, please contact Sara Reasoner, 785-532-1396, sreason@ksu.edu. Thank you!