Table Setting Competition

Chowan County Regional Fair Table Setting Competition

Sponsored by the Lost Colony Cotillion

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2021 Theme: Water

Perhaps it's sparkling, salty, or soapy, fresh, frozen or flowing...put your creativity on display!

1st Place - $100 and Best in Show Glass Plate Award
2nd Place - $50 and Rosette
3rd Place - $25 and Rosette
Honorable Mentions may also be awarded.
All other entries will receive a participation ribbon.

Pre-Registration is required. Registration fee is $10 and competition is limited to 12

To register please call or text Sydney Dunn at 919-449-7637 or email

Set-up times will be staggered Monday, September 27 beginning at 3:00 pm. You will be notified of your set-up time prior to the fair. Judging results, judges’ comments, and all entries will remain on public display throughout the fair. Pick up time will be Sunday, October 3 from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm.

Judging criteria:
25% Adherence to theme (2021 theme is “Water”)
25% Creativity and originality
25% Visual appeal
25% Correctness of place setting

Contest is open to all age groups and will be judged in a single division. Competitors will each be provided a 34” square and 28” high table upon which two place settings, a centerpiece, and any other décor must be displayed. Table linens must be provided by competitors. Due to space limitations, there will be no chairs at the tables.

Place settings may be formal or informal but must have a minimum of three courses.

No food items, disposable place settings, paper tablecloths, or paper napkins. Due to the length of time the tables will be displayed fresh flowers are not allowed though pumpkins, gourds, greenery, succulents, and dried flowers are welcome. Fair staff cannot maintain battery operated accessories. If used, these items will not be replaced. Candles, if used, may not be lit. All décor must be self-supporting and cannot be adhered to a wall.

Centerpieces may be scaled for a larger table that would seat more guests, but must not deter from overall effect, comfort of the guests, or service of the meal.

Menus are highly encouraged. If used, they should be easy to read and correspond with the theme. Settings must correspond with the menu (example: if your menu states you are serving a soup, salad, and entrée then your place setting must include a soup spoon, salad fork and knife, and entrée fork and knife). See page 2 for sample place setting and other tips.

Although every effort will be made to protect the exhibits, neither Chowan County Regional Fair nor Sydney Dunn assumes responsibility for loss or damage.

Formal Place Setting Example and Tips

Congratulations to our 2018 winner, Alice Elizabeth!

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