Women’s Institute



Chairperson: Gail Reid | gail.reid270@gmail.com
Lynn Clelland | liclelland@nrtco.com
Ruth Thomas | rbthomas_53@sympatico.ca


On line entries are available this year, please use the link: https://www.assistexpo.ca/renfrewfair


  1. Women’s Institute entries close on August 12, 2024. Each branch must pay a membership of $10.00, send a completed entry form and notify the General Manager of the Renfrew Agricultural Society, 115 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Renfrew, Ont, K7V 2R5  by this date.  No late entries will be accepted.
  2. All work to be done by an active member of the W.I. branch exhibiting. All work must be new and not shown previously at Renfrew Fair.
  3. Each W.I. will arrange their display Wednesday September 4, 2024 between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., in readiness for judging Thursday, September 5, 2024 at 9:00 a.m.. Security will be provided for Wednesday night.  One committee member is willing to assist at least one branch member to put up their display if they are physically unable.  Branches must indicate on their entry form if assistance is required.
  4. Exhibits to be arranged as a W.I. display with mark of identification of Theme and branch name. NOTE:  The name of the branch may be put up before judging to save time and confusion but must be concealed during judging.
  5. No W.I. will be permitted to enter in open classes.
  6. The Fair Committee will display a card in front of each exhibit showing which NINE of the fifteen sections listed are to be judged along with the branch name.
  7. The items this year will receive placing according to judge’s decisions following the Homecraft Judging Standards Book of 1st – 5th. Only one I. member is allowed to stay to bring articles to the judge’s table and must be present at the display by 8:45 a.m.
  8. Two members of each exhibiting branch are required to dismantle the display at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 8, 2024.
  9. No articles may be advertised for sale. No kits to be used, unless permitted.
  10. “Best Display” will be judged before commencement of individual article judging.
  11. For each display, the Renfrew Agricultural Society will award $25.00 and the Balsam Hill Women’s Institute will award $5.00.
  12. Only articles meeting exact criteria will be judged. Items that are not the correct size or do not adhere to section or theme will not be judged.

Prize Money: 1st – $5.00; 2nd – $4.50; 3rd – $4.00; 4th – $3.50; 5th – $3.00



  1. Christmas ornament from any medium no larger than 8″ in all directions; can be for a tree or free standing (BN)
  2. Gift bag for a wine bottle – sewn or quilted, (SMA)
  3. Snowman – any medium, no larger than 18″ in all directions.
  4. Handmade vintage looking Christmas Card with handwritten messages and handmade envelope (BN)
  5. A snowflake any medium, size up to 8 1/2″ mounted on coloured paper 8 1/2″ X 8 1/2″ and to be attached to bristol board or foam core that is 12 1/2″ X 12 1/2″.
  6. Scrapbooking page – Winter Wonderland 12″ X 12″ in a protective covering.
  7. Pillow covering – Sewn or quilted, any size up to 18″ X 18″ (SMA)
  8. Paper Craft – 3D – using paper products for construction, and adding embellishments, with any medium to decorate.  Any paper product can be used for construction materials – toilet paper, or paper towel rolls, cardboard, etc…
  9. Wreath – any medium, no bigger than 28″ in any direction.
  10. Gift box wrapped and decorated, no bigger than 12″ in any direction.
  11. Knitted adult mitts – be creative with design (SMA)
  12. An arrangement – no bigger than 14″ wide and 18″ tall for a hallway table; any medium.
  13. Christmas cake – 3 pieces on a disposable plate enclosed in a ziplock bag.
  14. Cranberry sauce in a 125 ml mason jar.
  15. Cookies – containing cherries; 4 on a disposable plate in a ziplock bag (BN)

    SMA – Sample Material Attached

Reference – Homecraft Judging Standard Book


Mary MacGregor Memorial Award – will be awarded to the branch with the highest number of 1st place placings.

Burnstown Women’s Institute – For the display which adheres most closely to the theme.  1st – $15.00; 2nd – $10.00; 3rd – $5.00

Glasgow Women’s Institute – $30.00 – will be split between institutes exhibiting