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FLETCHER — Aspiring chefs hoping to earn a blue ribbon in one of the cooking contests at the 2013 N.C. Mountain State Fair must submit applications by Aug. 2.This year's cooking contests will look a little different than past years. This is the first time the fair has not had a national sponsor for one of its cooking contests. Instead, fair organizers have partnered with 10 state commodity associations to bring more attention to locally grown products. Contestants will have the chance to compete in cooking contests using North Carolina strawberries, fish, beef, pork, eggs, pecans, blueberries, dairy, apples and sweet potatoes.
The 2013 N.C. Mountain State Fair runs Sept. 6-15 at the WNC Agricultural Center. Tickets are now available at the WNC Farmers Market and WNC Agricultural Center. Tickets also will be available at area Ingles stores starting Aug. 1.
More information, including contest rules and online application forms, are available at www.mountainfair.org.