New Domestic Violence Education Training for Licensed Cosmetologists and Barbers May Save Lives in Tennessee

NASHVILLE — Domestic violence is a national life-threatening crisis that destroys lives and families. The effects of domestic violence are especially devastating in Tennessee as nearly half of all crimes are domestic violence related, figures show.

To help save the lives of domestic violence victims, the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance and the state Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners are playing crucial roles in launching an initiative created to train Tennessee’s over 50,000 licensed beauty professionals to recognize the signs of abuse, how to respond appropriately and what resources are available to assist domestic violence victims.

“Tennessee’s beauty professionals are caring, compassionate individuals who are committed to ensuring the health and safety of all their customers, but may not know how to respond when confronted with domestic violence,” said Board Executive Director Roxana Gumucio. “Most domestic violence victims will not report abuse to law enforcement, but they will tell someone with whom they have a long-standing relationship, such as a cosmetologist or barber. Tennessee beauty professionals have a unique position to help identify domestic violence and assist victims.”

Starting January 1, 2022, a new law will require licensed Tennessee beauty professionals to complete up to one hour of anti-domestic violence training either in person or online, at no cost. Licensees are not required to become mandatory domestic violence reporters. Licensees have between 2022-2024 to complete the approved training. Students and instructors in cosmetology schools will need to certify they have taken the training before receiving their license.

The Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance worked closely with state Rep. Sam Whitson (R-Franklin) and Sen. Becky Massey (R-Knoxville) along with YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee to create the legislation. Similar laws exist in just a handful of states, including Illinois and Arkansas.

Said Rep. Whitson: “The COVID-19 pandemic showed that not everyone is safer at home. I’m proud to have sponsored this legislation and equally proud of the vast majority of my colleagues for recognizing the crisis of domestic violence and acting to make positive change in our laws. While we had to wait a full year before we could get this measure passed, we have a much better and stronger law because of the pandemic.”

To assist the educational efforts, international disinfectant maker Barbicide teamed up with YWCA to offer the Shear Haven Domestic Violence Training for salon owners and stylists. The training video equips stylists with the knowledge and resources to recognize the signs of domestic violence, successfully navigate conversations with clients who may be in danger and pass along tools that can help them get to safety.

Said Sharon K. Roberson, President & CEO of YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee: “We have been working to educate and end domestic violence in our community for more than four decade. This new law is an excellent step in reducing a crime that impacts one in four women and one in seven men in the U.S. We’re grateful for the support of our elected officials at taking steps to end this crisis.”

If you or someone you know has questions about domestic violence or needs shelter, please call YWCA’s 24-Hour Crisis & Support Helpline at 800-334-4628 or TEXT 615-983-5170.


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Chelle Coin Aims to Shake the Crypto and Real Estate Industry with New Project, AQRE Home

ATLANTA, GEORGIA, UNITED STATES, July 27, 2021 / — The Chelle Coin (CHL) team is fusing its deep cryptocurrency connections with 30 years of combined real estate experience to launch AQRE Home: a new real estate platform that allows users to buy, sell, and rent properties using U.S. dollars, Chelle Coin, or any major cryptocurrency of their choice. July 23, 2021 saw the official launch of the new platform to the excitement of many.

“We are on a mission to create a large real estate ecosystem with AQRE, and Chelle Coin will always be at the center of that,” said Ronice Harrison, CEO and Founder. “We like to say that AQRE is ‘powered by Chelle Coin’ and we really mean it. Real estate is a huge and profitable industry, but cryptocurrencies like Chelle Coin can be the fuel to make it even more profitable, accessible and secure.”

Chelle Coin is a cryptocurrency token, and the best way to access AQRE’s real estate eco-system made up of the AQRE App, and now AQRE Home.

-As a fixed token, Chelle Coin can not be minted, diluted or debased. Holders will never see the size of their pie shrink.
-Transactions are etched onto a blockchain, which means they cannot be altered or hacked.
-With the AQRE App, Chelle Coin can be invested into non-fungible real estate tokens (NFTs) to earn a passive monthly rental income.
-Now, with AQRE Home, it can be used to pay rent or buy real estate across the United States and Canada.

An April 2021 survey by showed that 59 million Americans now own some form cryptocurrency, and recent findings show that 76% of them are concerned about the security of their digital assets and the instability of the crypto market. With this in mind, many holders have started looking for ways to move their cryptocurrency into more stable assets.

With AQRE Home, the Chelle Coin team created a way to do exactly that: a platform where cryptocurrency holders can easily buy real estate assets, or pay their rent with crypto to invest in a more stable and profitable future.

To learn more about buying and renting with cryptocurrency, and look at AQRE’s growing list of properties, visit, or reach out via or 1-844-424-AQRE (2773).

Ronice Harrison
+1 844-424-2773
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Influencify is helping countless businesses make an impact on the social media

We've built an influencer marketing platform powered by machine learning and computer vision, built specifically for e-commerce brands

USA, July 27, 2021 / — Today we'd like to introduce you to

It’s an honor to speak with you today, Natalia. Why don’t you give us some details about what you’ve been working on?

We've built an influencer marketing platform powered by machine learning and computer vision, built specifically for e-commerce brands. An AI that automatically recognizes the best performing influencers for your brand on Instagram, Tiktok, Youtube and makes them available for your campaigns. We've also created the most advanced analytics platform for the different social media platforms that tells you who is engaging with your influencers and which posts performed the best.

Machine Learning
Every day our AI analyzes thousands of data points from millions of influencers to build a unique profile for each one of them. We're constantly transforming this data into new insights that help you find the influencer with the audience that matches your campaign goals. Our system can process hundreds of variables to serve you the best possible options for your campaign.

We help brands to save time and money
We save our clients time and money by cutting out the middleman, which is the traditional agency. We take care of the entire campaign for you from finding the right influencers to managing the campaign and analyzing the results.

What exactly do you do?
We have two main parts of our platform; the Influencer Marketplace, where influencers can register and showcase their work, and the Influencer Platform, where brands can find the right influencers for their campaign.

How are you different from your competitors?
We focus on creating real measurable value to our clients. Starting from offering them more choices of who to work with. Our Influencers database is 10x bigger than our average competitor.
We make running influencer campaigns as easy as "set it and forget it” using automatic smart campaigns.
We’re also the only platform that allows brands to discover their influential social media followers, website visitors and customers.
We’re offering a database of 10 Million Influencers posts, to get you inspired.

What is your business model, how do you make money?
We make money by charging our clients based on the number of credits they purchase, credits can be used to search for influencers, analyze profiles, create campaigns, track performance and so much more.

What is the most important thing you have learned while building and scaling your business?
The most important thing we've learned is to listen to your clients. They're the ones that are going to help you grow and the ones that are going to give you honest feedback.

What are your goals for the future?
We're planning on expanding outside of Poland, and into Europe and the USA. We also want to continue to grow our team.

What are the biggest challenges you've faced and obstacles you've overcome?
The biggest challenge we've had is how to build such an innovative system and platform on a very low budget. We solved this problem by working for a year and a half under an EU incubation program for innovative IT solutions, which qualified us to receive a grant of $250,000 by the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development (PARP)

How have you dealt with competition?
There are many other influencer marketing platforms on the market, but we focus on innovating new technologies that get us closer to combining performance with influencer marketing. To answer the most challenging questions like what’s the ROI of my campaigns? Which influencer do I recruit? Does their audience data match my campaign goals? etc.

We've also tried to be different by offering our clients a more complete package, which includes analytics and tools for influencers.

What is your favorite story of success?
We had a client that was only selling one product through one offer code. We found influencers to post about their product and generate more than 1000 new sales for this client within a week. That was a really amazing feeling.

What is the future of influencer marketing?
We believe that influencer marketing is going to become more and more popular. As more people start to use IG, Tiktok more influencers will appear. We also believe that influencers will start to play a bigger role in advertising.

Natalia Gujska
+48 721091824
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Grant applications being accepted for flood-hazard planning

As Washington responds to record-setting drought conditions across most of the state, we’re helping local communities prepare for another natural disaster: flooding.

In Washington, the costs of flooding exceed all other natural hazards. In any given year, there is a better than 80% chance that 10 or more flood events will occur, and the frequency of floods will increase as the climate changes.

Almost 37 years ago, the Legislature established the state Flood Control Assistance Account to help local and tribal governments plan for and reduce their flood risks. Now, after a 12-year funding absence, state lawmakers restored Flood Control Assistance Account Program (FCAAP) funding to Ecology’s two-year budget.

We know preparing for and avoiding flood damages is particularly important because storms are increasing in strength and frequency and sea levels are rising. Responding to a flood emergency often costs four to seven times more than investing in preventative measures, which save $6 for every $1 spent.

Soliciting local grant applications starting Aug. 3

On Aug. 3, we’ll begin soliciting grant applications from local and tribal governments for $1.5 million in FCAAP funding to help communities develop comprehensive flood-hazard management plans to prepare for and reduce flood risks. Since local and tribal governments lead flood hazard reduction efforts in their communities, these activities directly benefit residents and businesses located in or near flood hazard areas.

Focus on under-served communities, economically disadvantaged areas

Our focus will be on getting grant solicitations to help under-served communities and economically disadvantaged areas. Although there is no maximum award amount, we anticipate grant amounts to individual communities will not exceed $250,000 to develop a local flood-hazard management plan.

The recent lack of flood planning funds has disproportionately impacted economically-distressed rural communities. Emerging research shows Latino and tribal communities are more exposed to flooding. For example, research estimates while Latino residents make up 8% of Washington’s total population, they comprise 16% of those living in flood zones.

Tribal communities employ more than 37,000 state residents and generate $5.7 billion to Washington’s economy. They also occupy flood risk areas that would directly benefit from flood planning. Updated flood plans that sustain and enhance salmon habitat also help address tribal treaty rights.

How flood hazard management plans help

Flood hazard management plans help communities:

  • Develop or update strategies and projects to reduce flood risks while restoring salmon habitat, protecting agricultural lands, and providing other benefits.
  • Raise community awareness about local flood hazards.
  • Better assess local flood and climate risks.
  • Identify resilient building strategies.
  • Review and update zoning and land-use options to keep people and infrastructure safe from flood hazards.
  • Flood planning helps keep people and properties out of harm’s way and reduces economic losses for communities and the state. Integrated flood planning also helps preserve and protect salmon and important habitat areas.

These plans help lower flood risks for local roads, bridges, and utilities while protecting the value of public and private property. Finally, communities completing flood plans will be in a better position to compete for federal and other state grants to build better flood resiliency. Visit our FCAAP website for more information.

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The gaper clam lives in the shadows of giants

Nope – it’s not a geoduck. Both of these are gaper/horse clams. Left: Photo by Dana Brown, flickr; Right: Photo by Dave Cowles,

Nothing says “summer” like digging for steamer clams in Puget Sound. But the Pacific Northwest is known for its B.O.U.S.s (Bivalves Of Unusual Size), and if you dig deep enough, you may unearth a monster instead of a manila.

The gaper clam (a.k.a. horse, horseneck, Alaskan gaper, fat gaper, summer, otter, blue, and empire clam) is one such behemoth. Instead of being viewed as a prize, however, it is often met with disappointment. Geoduck hunters, don’t despair — the humble gaper is a treasure in its own right.

Mind the gape

The quality of the gaper clam might be up for debate, but no one can dispute the quantity. Like the geoduck, a gaper’s oval-shaped, chalky-white shell can grow to a length of about eight inches (although the soft body of the geoduck can get much larger). Both species have a wide gape at one end of their shells to accommodate large tube-like siphons, used for water exchange.

The posterior (back) end of a gaper clam’s shell has a wide gape. Photo by Dave Cowles,

Burial grounds

The siphons of the gaper clam and the geoduck are too large to be completely pulled inside their shells, so both species must bury themselves deeply to avoid being chomped by predators like Dungeness crabs, moon snails, sea stars, and gulls.

The gaper clam isn’t as strong of a digger as its “better-at-everything” cousin, but individuals can still be found up to four feet deep, with a typical burial depth of 12-16 inches (about the same depth as butter and littleneck clams). They prefer intertidal or shallow subtidal mud or sand in protected bays, but you can sometimes find them on the outer coast.

You might see these bivalve siphons at low tide on Puget Sound beaches. Photos by Minette Layne, Wikimedia (top); Alaska Dept of Fish and Game (middle); and pfly, flickr (bottom).  

Pro (siphon) tip

Gapers and geoducks share another similarity: their two siphons are fused together into a “neck” that protrudes out of the sediment (the tips of which occasionally squirt unsuspecting passers-by with water at low tide). If you look closely at the siphon tips, you can tell gapers, geoducks, and other large clams apart… no digging required!

A gaper clam’s siphon is like a giant set of straws, one for sucking in water at high tide to filter for plankton and other food bits, and the other to pump the unwanted stuff out. Large, open siphons also mean easy access for unwelcome guests, including at least three different species of pea crabs, which live inside the gaper clam’s tissues.

You’re HOW many annuli old?!

While not as long-lived as geoducks, gapers still have an impressive lifespan of 29 years, maturing at age three to five. Each year, the clam lays down a growth ring called an annulus on its chondrophore, a cavity near the hinge of its shell. The gaper clam’s distinct, thick chondrophore is recognizable long after the rest of the shell has been tumbled away by beach surf. Simply count the rings, and now you, too, are a gaper clam aging expert, sure to impress all your friends at parties!

Left: A gaper clam hinge shows the deep chondrophore in the middle. Photo by Dave Cowles, Right: A chondrophore is all that remains of a gaper shell. Photo by minustide, flickr.

Can you dig it?

Gaper clams were harvested by early native Americans on the west coast, and many people still dig them recreationally today (more in Oregon than in Washington… don’t ask me what that’s about). Supposedly they are a little tougher and not as delicate in flavor as geoducks, but the word on the street is that they make great fritters or chowder.

That’s a clam shame

Unfortunately, some folks still consider gapers to be “trash clams,” either using them as crab bait or leaving them littered on the beach after clam digs. Adult gapers can’t rebury themselves, and without the pressure of the mud to hold their large valves together, they soon die. Diggers need only place them back into their holes with the siphons pointing up, so they can live to gape another day.

This story wouldn’t be complete without a disclaimer: before you dig for any kind of shellfish, make sure you have the proper permits and that the beach you choose is open and safe for harvest. Happy clamming!

Critter of the Month

Dany is a benthic taxonomist, a scientist who identifies and counts the sediment-dwelling organisms in our samples as part of our Marine Sediment Monitoring Program. We track the numbers and types of species we see to detect changes over time and understand the health of Puget Sound.

Dany shares her discoveries by bringing us a benthic Critter of the Month. These posts will give you a peek into the life of Puget Sound’s least-known inhabitants. We’ll share details on identification, habitat, life history, and the role each critter plays in the sediment community. Can’t get enough benthos? See photos from our Eyes Under Puget Sound collection on Flickr.

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Voluntary Recall Notice of McCormick Italian Seasoning Products and Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Ranch Seasoning Due to Possible Salmonella Risk


Company Announcement Date:
July 27, 2021
FDA Publish Date:
July 27, 2021
Product Type:
Food & Beverages

Reason for Announcement:

Recall Reason Description

Potential for Salmonella

Company Name:
McCormick & Company, Inc.
Brand Name:

Brand Name(s)

Product Description:

Product Description

Italian Seasonings and RedHot Buffalo Ranch Seasoning

Company Announcement

McCormick & Company, Inc. is initiating a voluntary recall of McCormick Perfect Pinch Italian Seasoning, McCormick Culinary Italian Seasoning and Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Ranch Seasoning due to possible contamination with Salmonella.

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The four products subject to this recall include:

McCormick Perfect Pinch Italian Seasoning 1.31 oz bottle
UPC NUMBER: 052100049731

McCormick Perfect Pinch Italian Seasoning 2.25 oz bottle
UPC NUMBER: 052100038254

McCormick Culinary Italian Seasoning 1.75 lbs. bottle
UPC NUMBER: 52100325743

Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Ranch Seasoning 153g bottle
UPC NUMBER: 066200021047

The four products were shipped to the following locations:

SHIPPING DATES: June 20, 2021 through July 21, 2021

The potential risk was brought to McCormick’s attention by FDA during routine testing. This recall affects cases that were shipped of the affected date codes.

McCormick has alerted customers and grocery outlets to remove the product with the affected date codes from store shelves and distribution centers immediately, and to destroy this product in a manner that would prevent any further consumption

Consumers do not need to return the product to the store where it was purchased. Instead, consumers are urged to dispose of the recalled product and its container. Please contact McCormick Consumer Affairs at 1-800-635-2867, weekdays from 9:30 AM to 8:00 PM (Eastern Time), for a replacement or full refund, and with general inquires.

About McCormick

McCormick & Company, Incorporated is a global leader in flavor. As a Fortune 500 company with over $5 billion in annual sales across 160 countries and territories, we manufacture, market and distribute spices, seasoning mixes, condiments and other flavorful products to the entire food industry including e-commerce channels, grocery, food manufacturers and foodservice businesses. Our most popular brands include McCormick, French’s, Frank’s RedHot, Stubb’s, OLD BAY, Lawry’s, Zatarain’s, Ducros, Vahiné, Cholula, Schwartz, Kamis, DaQiao, Club House, Aeroplane and Gourmet Garden. Every day, no matter where or what you eat or drink, you can enjoy food flavored by McCormick.

Founded in 1889 and headquartered in Hunt Valley, Maryland USA, McCormick is guided by our principles and committed to our Purpose – To Stand Together for the Future of Flavor. McCormick envisions A World United by Flavor where healthy, sustainable and delicious go hand in hand. To learn more, visit or follow McCormick & Company on Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

For information contact:

Corporate Communications:

Lori Robinson

Company Contact Information

McCormick Consumer Affairs

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Wildfire Emergency – DFPI Proclamation

On July 23, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom proclaimed a state of emergency in Plumas County due to the Dixie Fire and Fly Fire, in Butte and Lassen counties due to the Dixie Fire, and in Alpine County due to the Tamarack Fire. Consequently, Acting Commissioner of Financial Protection and Innovation Christopher S. Shultz has determined that an extraordinary situation exists and has issued a proclamation authorizing state-chartered banks to close any or all of their offices in affected areas until the Commissioner determines the extraordinary condition has ended.

Wildfire emergency – DFPI Proclamation (PDF)

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Water quality swimming advisory lifted for sound-side site in Carteret County

State recreational water quality officials today lifted a water quality swimming advisory at a sound-side site in Carteret County.

The advisory was lifted because water testing shows that bacteria levels have dropped below the state’s and Environmental Protection Agency’s standards set for swimming and water play.

The advisory was posted at the public access to Bogue Sound at Sunset Drive in Morehead City on July 20. This site showed a monthly average of the bacteria enterococci above the EPA-mandated level of 35 enterococci per 100 milliliters of water, the standard for high-use sites. Subsequent testing of water samples collected at this site found that bacteria levels have fallen below this standard. The sign advising against swimming, skiing or otherwise coming into contact with the water has been removed.

Enterococci, the bacteria group used for testing, are found in the intestines of warm-blooded animals. While it is not known to cause illness, scientific studies show that enterococci may indicate the presence of other disease-causing organisms. People swimming or playing in waters with bacteria levels higher than the standards have an increased risk of developing gastrointestinal illness or skin infections.

Coastal recreational waters in North Carolina are generally clean. However, it is important to continue monitoring them and inform the public of any localized problems. The N.C. Recreational Water Quality Program samples 213 sites in coastal waters of the state, most of them on a weekly basis from April through October.

For more information on the N.C. Recreational Water Quality Program or to a view a map of testing sites, visit the program’s website, and follow the program’s Twitter feed.

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Brilliant Miller Releases Video Podcast Interview with Neal Allen

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Neal Allen Podcast Interview

Neal Allen Podcast Interview

Neal and Brilliant discuss how we can look deep inside ourselves, effectively develop ourselves, approach conflict, and his advice on the writing process.

When you give yourself the right to look at something like deficient emptiness… it feels like it has actually been seen through… it waves goodbye and disappears.”

— Neal Allen

SANDY, UT, USA, July 27, 2021 / — Neal Allen is the author of a book called "Shapes of Truth: Discover God Inside You". This is an interesting book to write for someone who declared themselves athiest at the age of 14. Neal worked for many years as a journalist, and he entered the corporate world where he worked as an executive. Ultimately, he left that to explore a life of coaching and service. A lot of his work has involved looking at the identities we live, how we can dissolve those, how we can create new and more empowering ones. In this conversation he describes how he followed this process in his own life and how he developed the identities he now lives.

In this interview for the School for Good Living Podcast, Neal joins Brilliant Miller to describe two of the most shaping periods in his life – the “stop believing my story” period and the “burning down the house” period. We get a taste of his transformation process as he takes Brilliant through one that he describes in his book, where we can go deep into an aspect inside ourselves. Neal also takes Brilliant through the enlightening lightning round with him. So not only will you hear his answers in this interview, but Brilliant’s as well. This captivating interview provides techniques to discover and develop ourselves as well as some helpful tips on how to handle conflict.

Topics Discussed:
• Bridging the gap from atheism
• Bob and the work he did with Neal – The “Stop believing my story” period of life
• Dissolving self-identities – The “Burning down the house” period of life
• Brilliant “discovering God” inside himself
• The “I don’t know” approach
• Brilliant joins Neal for the enlightening lightning round

Watch the interview on YouTube and the audio version is available on Apple Podcasts (, Stitcher (, Google Podcasts (, and Spotify (

Visit the Neal Allen guest page at and the podcast interview page at

Brilliant Miller
Miller Innovation, BLLC
+1 801-200-3049
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Neal Allen Podcast Interview

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N.C. Mountain State Fair "Rides Again" in 2021 with new competitions and returning favorites


TUESDAY, JULY 27, 2021


Tamara Crain, entry coordinator

N.C. Mountain State Fair

828-687-1414, ext. 210;

N.C. Mountain State Fair “Rides Again” in 2021 with new

competitions and returning favorites

Online registration now open

FLETCHER – The N.C. Mountain State Fair “Rides Again” in 2021, returning to the WNC Ag Center in Fletcher, Sept. 10-19.

“The Fair is back for 10 days of full-steam fun,” said fair manager Matt Buchanan. “Competitions are a popular attraction with fairgoers, and this year’s fair will include both new competitions and plenty of returning favorites. Showcasing the talents and skills of all those who call Western North Carolina home, is one of the best parts in celebrating our community.”

New competitions

In response to requests, a youth show for llamas has been added. This includes multiple youth classes for pack, public relations, obstacles and even a costume class with the theme, “All Things Food!”

Since so many youths in the area are raising their own flocks of chickens and ducks, a new Youth Poultry Egg Show sets the stage for fierce competition where judges will evaluate each dozen of white, brown or blue/green or other shelled chicken and duck eggs based on USDA standards. Fresh eggs entered must be from the exhibitor’s flock raised on their farm or homeplace.

“We’re glad to bring the N.C. Mountain State Fair back this year and happy for the opportunity to have such a wide range of competitions and contests,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “The experience our youth receive from competing at the Fair will benefit them their entire lives. They learn so much in raising and showing livestock, making arts and crafts, raising foods and produce, and showcasing their many other talents.”

Also new this year, during registration for general exhibit competitions each exhibitor must sign up for a specific drop off and pick up time slot to spread out the number of exhibitors at one time. Family or friends wanting to drop off or pick up together must sign up for the same time slot.

Registration now open

Entry registrations are open now and online entries are being accepted. Entry deadlines are quickly approaching for several competitions at the 2021 N.C. Mountain State Fair.

The gospel singing contest will be held Sept. 18 with contests for solo performers and groups. Space is limited to the first 10 solo entries and the first five group entries in each class. The entry deadline for the gospel singing contest and cooking competitions is Friday, Aug. 13.

Cooking contests will be held daily throughout the fair. Every contest is sponsored by a state commodity association, including the N.C. Tomato Growers Association, N.C. Aquaculture Association, N.C. Beef Council, N.C. Pork Council, N.C. Egg Association, N.C. Blueberry Council, N.C. Dairy Producers Association, N.C. Apple Growers Association and N.C. Sweet Potato Commission.

The ice cream eating competition will be in the Davis Event Center on Sept. 14 with several categories for different age groups and even celebrities. Mills River Creamery, a local dairy and creamery, sponsors this contest. Winners receive trophies for being the first person in their category to eat a specified amount of ice cream.

Entry deadlines approaching

In addition to gospel singing and cooking contests, the N.C. Mountain State Fair is hosting competitions for livestock, clogging, art, photography, agricultural and horticultural products, preserved foods, youth flower and garden, and more. The following are entry deadlines for specific categories:

  • Aug. 6 – Clogging Championship (First Cutoff)
  • Aug. 13 – Cooking Competitions, Gospel Singing Contest
  • Aug. 27 – General Exhibits, Youth Llama Show, Rabbits, Livestock, Display Livestock, Very Special Livestock Show
  • Aug. 29 – N.C. Mountain State Fair Pageant
  • Sept. 14 – Ice Cream Eating Contest

To stay up to date with a full list of competitions, upcoming deadlines and rules, visit For questions regarding competitions, contact entry coordinator Tamara Crain at 828-687-1414, ext. 210.

The 27th N.C. Mountain State Fair runs Sept. 10-19 at the WNC Agricultural Center in Fletcher. Admission is $10 for adults and $6 for seniors 65 and up and children ages six to 12. Children five and under are free. Check the website for special promotions and discount days. More information is available at



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