Farmer's Institute Will Showcase Exhibits


The 2019 Montgomery County Farmer’s Institute and Household Science Section will be held this weekend, Saturday, Sept. 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the University of Illinois Extension Office in Hillsboro.

All Montgomery County residents are eligible to place entries and there is no charge to enter exhibits. Entries for the Farmer’s Institute will be accepted on Friday, Sept. 6, from 4 to 6 p.m. and again on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 8 to 10 a.m. After the entries are in place they will be judged and may then be viewed by the public, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m, at no charge. Participants should pick up their prizes and entries beginning at 2 p.m. (no later than 3 p.m.) on Saturday, Sept. 7, at the extension office. 

In addition to the exhibits, several food items will be sold on site, including donuts, BBQ, hot dogs, chips, cookies, soda, coffee, and water, with the proceeds to benefit the Montgomery County Farmers Institute.

This is the 129th year for the Montgomery County Farmer’s Institute and Household Science Section. 

This year's classes/categories include, Ag Sciences: corn, popcorn, soybeans, hay and sunflower head; Fruits and Vegetables: potatoes, onions, turnips, carrots, beets, okra, tomatoes, green beans, cabbage, peppers, egg plant, cucumber, zucchini, cantaloupes, gourds, pumpkin, apples, pears, watermelon and squash; Flowers and Plants: coxcombs, marigolds, mums, roses, dahlias, gladiolas, zinnias, petunias and houseplants; Canned Goods and miscellaneous:  eggs and canned vegetables, fruit, pickles, jelly, jams, preserves and salsa; Fancywork and Sewing: crocheting, embroidery, quilts, wall hanging, cross stitching, pillow, knitting, purse, machine embroidery and loom weaving; Culinary: bread, rolls, cake, cookies, fudge, pie crust and biscuits. 

Youth are invited to place entries in classes including, woodworking, photography, science projects, sewing, horticulture, cooking, nature displays, art projects and small engines.

Detailed information and  rules may be found in the 2019 Montgomery County Farmer’s Institute and Household Science Section booklet. Program booklets for the Farmer’s Institute and Household Science Section are currently available at several Montgomery County businesses and the extension office in Hillsboro.

Further inquiries may be directed to the Montgomery County Extension office at 217-532-3941 or contact Kevin Leitheiser at 217-532-2126. Those interested may visit the extension's  website at


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