Want to win a blue ribbon? You can still enter one of the N.C. State Fair special cooking contests

The N.C. State Fair starts Thursday but you still have a chance to win a blue ribbon by entering one of the special cooking contests.

Peruse the contests and see if you have a good recipe that might qualify. You bring the prepared dish to the fairgrounds on the day of the contest and you could win a blue ribbon and up to $250 in cash. All deadlines have been extended until the day of the contest.

It is also worth noting that there are two contests for children to enter: the Great American Spam Championship and a brownie recipe contest sponsored by King Arthur Flour.

Here are a few of the other contests:

▪ The N.C. Peanuts Growers Association is seeking recipes that offer a creative twist on peanut butter and jelly. Contest is 4 p.m. Oct. 13. Prizes are up to $200.

▪ House-Autry Mills is seeking the best chicken and waffles recipe using its own products. Contest is 10 a.m. Oct. 14. Prizes up to $250. Win an extra $50 if yours is the best gluten-free recipe.

▪ ▪ N.C. Pork Council is seeking your best tailgating recipes using pork as the only meat ingredient. Contest is 10 a.m. Oct. 19. Prizes up to $200.

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