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Oregon State Fair seeks homebrew, wine entries

Oregon winemakers and homebrewers are invited to compete for top honors at the Oregon State Fair's Amateur Wine Competition and Homebrew Beer Competition this summer.

Registration for the Amateur Wine Competition is open through 4 p.m. Friday, July 12. Registration for the Homebrew Beer Competition is open through 5 p.m. Friday, August 2.

Amateur Wine Competition
The Oregon State Fair's Amateur Wine Competition, sponsored by Chemeketa Community College's Northwest Wine Studies Center, welcomes aspiring winemakers from across Oregon to compete for top recognition. Judges will award blue, red, and white ribbons within each classification on August 9-10. Blue ribbon winners will receive a ticket to Pairings! A Celebration of Oregon Wine, Cuisine & Music, set from 4 to 9 p.m. opening night of Fair on August 23. This event will feature paired hors d'oeuvres and wines from chefs and wineries across Oregon, along with music by The Libertine Belles and Pepe and the Bottle Blondes. Tickets are $35 and include all food and wine, plus fair admission. At this event, the winners from each category of the wine competition will be announced and presented as Amateur Best of Show.

Entry forms to the Amateur Wine Competition must be received by 4 p.m. Friday. For more information, including entry forms, visit us online at or email

Homebrew Beer Competition
Also returning this year is the popular Homebrew Beer Competition, which drew 300-plus entries last year! The Homebrew "Best of Show" judging and awards presentation will begin at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 24 during the FREE Classic Cars, Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival. The festival includes local blues talent Ty Curtis and Curtis Salgado.

Entries are due by 5 p.m. August 2, 2013, at the following locations:
Bend: The Brew Shop - 1203 NE Third Street, Bend, OR 97701
Corvallis: Corvallis Brewing Supply - 119 SW 4th Street, Corvallis, OR 97333
Eugene: Falling Sky Fermentation Supply Shop - 30 East 13th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401
Hillsboro: Brew Brothers - 2020 NW Aloclek Drive, Suite 107, Hillsboro, OR 97124
Portland: FH Steinbarts - 234 SE 12th Portland, OR 97214
Roseburg: Dogbarrel Brewery and Home Brew Supplies - 1092 NE Stephens, Roseburg, OR 97470
Salem: Oregon State Fairgrounds - 2330 17th Street NE Salem, OR 97301

The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) and the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) sanction the 2013 competition.

For more information, including entry forms, visit us online at or email

Registration for both competitions is open to all amateur winemaking and brewing enthusiasts 21 years or older.(Any age is allowed for the soft drink category of the Homebrew contest.) Winning entries will be on display during fair week in the Floral Building in Hart of the Garden.

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