Yes, D.C. has a state fair!

The D.C. State Fair returns this Saturday, Sept. 20, with many of the same popular contests from prior years and, for the first time, a biergarten.

Now in its fifth year, the state fair will run from 12 noon to 7 p.m. at the Old City Farm & Guild, 925 Rhode Island Avenue N.W.,  just two blocks west of the Shaw-Howard University Metro Station. The fair will be part of Homegrown DC, a hyper-local farmers’ market and festival celebrating healthy food grown right in our nation’s capital.

The biergarten, hosted by Union Market, will be from 4 to 7 p.m.

Exhibitors for the following contests must register their entries by midnight Wednesday on the state fair website:

■ Pickled foods (cucumbers, other vegetables, and fruit)

■ Jams and jellies

■ Fermented vegetables (sauerkraut, kimchi, etc.)

■ Pies

■ Ice cream

■ Photography

■ Kids’ poetry

■ Sewing

■ Knit and Crochet

The fair also will feature these contests, with no registration deadline:

■ Heaviest vegetable

■ Heaviest fruit

■ Longest vegetable

■ Funkiest-looking vegetable

■ Honey

■ Kids’ art

■ Mason jar flower arrangement

■ Hats for newborns

For more information and to register entries, go to the D.C. State Fair website at


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