Claverack resident Nancy Fuller of Food Network’s “Farmhouse Rules” television show, organizes last year’s cooking contest at the Columbia County Fair. Fuller is coordinating this year’s Holiday Cookie Contest.

CHATHAM — Bakers of all ages should look in their gardens and put on their chef’s hats now in preparation for this year’s Holiday Cookie Championship for the Bounty Cooking Contest at the 177th annual Columbia County Fair here.

Locally grown ingredients are key in this contest which takes place on September 4 at 12:30 p.m. in Four Corners Hall at the fairgrounds. Winners will be announced at 3:30 p.m. with first place prizes of $500 in the youth division (age 14 and under) and $1,000 in the adult division (age 15 and over) in Morton A. Ginsberg Memorial Awards.

The event is coordinated by Claverack resident Nancy Fuller of the Food Network’s “Farmhouse Rules” television show and sponsored by Ginsberg’s Foods.

The source of local ingredients and the recipe is required with entries of holiday cookies. Entries will be judged on taste, presentation and decoration. Entries should include a dozen cookies on a disposable tray.

Entry forms and contest rules for the Bounty Cooking Contest are available at the Columbia County Fair Office off of Route 203 in the Village of Chatham or online at Entry forms will be accepted through Sept. 2 in person at the fair office or by mail to Columbia County Fair, P.O. Box 257, Chatham NY 12037.

The 177th annual Columbia County Fair runs Aug. 30 through Labor Day, September 4 at the fairgrounds here at the intersection of Routes 66 and 203.