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Derby Hat Contest at Effingham County Fair

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From Sunday, July 31, 2022
To Saturday, August 06, 2022
by bdust

Entries are being accepted now thru Sunday, July 31, for the 2022 Derby Hat Contest at the Effingham County Fair.

Entry fee is only $5 and forms are available at the Fair Office or by contacting Valena Soltwedel at

Judging will take place in the Schuetzenfest building at 6:00 pm on Sunday, July 31, with prizes awarded in the Youth (15 and under) and the Adult (16 and older) categories.

All entrants are encouraged to wear their hats all week to promote voting for the People’s Choice Award. That award will be decided by “votes” (donations) placed in canisters inside the Schuetzenfest building where they will remain until 6:00 pm on Friday, August 5.

Funds raised this year will go to CASA of Effingham County.

Entrants are also asked to attend the Downstate Classic Horse Race on Wednesday, August 3, where they will be recognized for their participation, and their help in raising funds for a wonderful program that supports children in need of a Special Advocate.


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