BEREA -- On Wednesday, the Cuyahoga County fairgrounds will be loaded with SPAM.
No, not that kind of spam -- the edible kind.
Did you know that SPAM is very popular in Northeast Ohio? And this year it celebrates the 75th anniversary of SPAM.
The Cuyahoga County Fair will be the site of the annual SPAM recipe contest, with entries being accepted from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (Aug. 8), with judging taking place at 7:30 p.m.
The contest will be held in the Home & Hobby building at the fairgrounds.
This year's theme? All-Time Favorite SPAM Recipe, so expect lots of creative ingredient combinations.
And while you wait for the judges to decide, there will be trivia contests giveaways and free recipes available.
SPAM Champions are selected based on the taste, originality and presentation of their SPAM inventions. Contestants use their creativity to make their all-time favorite SPAM creation and up to 10 ingredients.
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Fair hours are noon to 11 p.m. Aug. 7, 8, 10 and 11; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 9; and noon to 10 p.m. Aug. 12.
Admission is $7 daily, $6 for those ages 4-12 or seniors, free for military with ID and children younger than 4. Kids Day admission is $2 for children ages 4-12 on Aug. 9. Parking also is free.
SPAM Local Prizes (Adult Division): 1st Prize: $150 2nd Prize: $50 3rd Prize: $25
Up for grabs for the national grand prize winning recipe: An all-expense paid trip for two to the 2013 Waikiki SPAM JAM Festival (or a $3000 cash prize).
SPAM Local Prizes (Kid Division): 1st Prize: $60 2nd Prize: $30 3rd Prize: $10 Up for grabs for the national grand prize winning recipe is a $2000 cash prize.