Women’s Institute



Chairperson, Lillian Trask 432-8374, Ann McGregor 432-8349


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, 2022. 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 or fax 432-5331 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 night of the fair between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., in readiness for judging at 9:00 a.m. Thursday morning. 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.
  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. Photo of an old country store, black and white 4”x6”. Mounted on Bristol board leaving a 1” border around the photo.
  2. Handmade advertisement you would find in an old country store. When mounted, no larger than half a sheet of bristol board.
  3. Pair of adult slippers, knitted. (SMA)
  4. Handmade embroidered handkerchief. Embroidery by hand.  No larger than 8”x8”. (SMA)
  5. Baby 3 piece set, crocheted. (SMA)
  6. Sewn cloth tool apron with pouches. (SMA)
  7. Handmade old fashioned doll. No higher than 10 inches. (SMA)
  8. Handmade old fashioned pin cushion. No larger than 4”x3”. (SMA)
  9. Hand-written poem on “Memories of the Old Country Store”. Written on 8 ½” x 11”

unlined paper, mounted, penmanship to be judged.

  1. Hand-written invitation to a winter party with a handmade addressed envelope. May be on any type of paper but not lined and no larger than 8”x10”, sample paper attached.
  1. A piece of barn board or log, sliced, turned into a useful item, no larger than 18”x18”.

(SMA, if possible).

  1. Apple jelly using a 250 ml/8oz mason jar.
  2. Peanut brittle, 5 pieces on a plate in a Ziploc bag.
  3. Homemade croc dill pickles. Two pickles displayed on a pickle dish in a Ziploc bag..
  4. Oatmeal cookies, 3 on a plate in a Ziploc bag, may be filled or singles.

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