It’s fair season, which is go time for Hazel Staley, a Gaithersburg resident who started a school that offers accrediation for fair judges — at fairs. She is 83. She is still judging. She is a legend.

“I got tired of people of coming in my office and asking how that person was qualified to judge their goods,” Staley told the Gazette, explaining her desire to professionalize the adjudication of taxidermy, woodworking and pie contests.

It’s fair season. (

Staley said, “You have to taste, and sometimes you can run into a couple of weird things.”

That made me laugh. And it made me look forward to the upcoming Montgomery County fair, which starts tomorrow.

What’s the weirdest thing you have eaten at a fair?