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Everyone knows the York Fair is the place to go for steak sandwiches, deep-fried Oreos and other delectable goodies.

But the fair also is the place where local amateur bakers and home cooks show off their creations.

Last-minute entrants can find food contest entry information in the Horticultural Hall Book at yorkfair.org/premium-books.

Walk-in entries will be accepted at the hall from 1 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday. Enter the fairgrounds via Gate 2 (off Madison Avenue at Richland Avenue).

Starting Friday, Horticultural Hall will be filled with York County’s top fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, wines, potted herbs and more. And don’t forget about the neighbors who put up summer’s bounty for the rest of the year — canned goods will be judged at the hall, too.

Beyond the raw materials for delicious meals, the hall will host varieties of baked goods: breads, rolls, cakes, whoopie pies, cupcakes, pie, candies, fudge and cookies. The first-place winners in each of those categories will earn a York Fair’s Best award.

Also housed in Horticultural Hall are the state baking contests. The winners of those contests earn a spot at the Pennsylvania Farm Show competitions in January. The categories are angel food cake; PA Preferred chocolate cake; King Arthur Flour cupcake showdown; PA Preferred chocolate cookies, brownies and bars; and Brown’s blue-ribbon apple pie.

The York Fair runs Friday through Sept. 18 at the fairgrounds, 334 Carlisle Ave. Call 717-848-2596 with general questions. During the fair, the gates will open at 11 a.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and at noon Monday through Thursday. Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 6 to 18 and college students with ID, and free for children younger than 6. Parking is $7.

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