Salem County Fair hosts first annual tablescaping competition

Who knew you could bring home a ribbon in being the hostess with the mostest? That’s exactly the competition that came to the Salem County fair this year in its annual competition.

Tablescaping is the art of setting a table with dishes, glassware, flatware and other necessary items to complete the perfect aesthetic for a brunch or dinner.

Jamie Mayhew won in the adult division for her “Mother’s Day Brunch” setting. Marissa Bower, 2nd runner-up in the 2022 Salem County Fair Queen pageant, won in the youth division for her “Home for the Holidays” setting.

Adult tablescaping competition winner, Jamie Mayhew’s “Mother’s Day Brunch” place setting. Photo / Salem County Fairgrounds Facebook.
Youth tablescaping competition winner, Marissa Bower’s “Home for the Holidays” place setting. Photo / Salem County Fairgrounds Facebook.

The rules of the competition are simple. Set a table with four place settings, a menu is required and the setting must include complete glassware, cups/saucers and flatware and be set for all courses on the menu. Nothing that would cause potential danger or harm is permitted, so no lighting wax candles and no steak knives.

Entry fees are required for this competition; most competitions at the fair do not require them. The proceeds benefit the Salem County 4-H Leader’s Association.

The theme for this year’s competition was “holidays.” This theme left it up to the contestants’ choice to set a table based on whatever holiday they wanted. Throughout the week, fair-goers voted for the winners in the adult and youth divisions.

Most contestants flocked to Christmas or Halloween for their holiday tablescape. For adult division winner, Mayhew, she chose to set a table perfect for a Mother’s Day brunch which stood her out from the crowd.

The Salem County Fair’s tablescaping competition is in its inaugural year, but there will be more beautiful settings for years to come. A complete list of rules and competition information can be found on the official competition website.

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