The entries break down into seven groups — baking, canning, collections, garment making, handcrafts, needlecraft and "works of senior citizens." But there are hundreds of categories: 117 in the baking division alone. For example, there are categories for both "Bundt-type coffee cake" and "coffee ring."
Over two weekends in August, people came from all over the state to drop off their entries. MPR News talked to a few of them.