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The Sims 4 Cottage Living: Finchwick Fair Guide

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In The Sims 4 Cottage Living, Sims can participate in the Finchwick Fair! The Finchwick Fair is a weekly event that allows your Sim to show off their animals, crops, and cooking for the chance to win collectible ribbons and other prizes.

Read on to learn more about the Finchwick Fair!

Fair Schedule and Themes

The Finchwick Fair happens every Saturday at 3:30pm and ends at 9:30pm. The Fair takes place in the Finchwick district of Henford-on-Bagley right outside the pub where there is normally just an empty plot of grass during the week. You can see when the Finchwick Fair is happening by looking at the calendar. You can also find information about the Fair from the various info boards displayed around Henford-on-Bagley. You’ll also receive a popup notification in the upper right-hand corner of your screen when the Finchwick Fair is starting so you don’t forget.

The Finchwick Fair rotates through five different themes, so make sure you check the calendar or an info board to get filled in on what the theme for the next Fair is. You’ll want to be prepared ahead of time if you plan to compete.

Finchwick Chicken Fair

The Finchwick Chicken Fair is the time for your Sims to show off their finest chickens and eggs! Both chickens and eggs can be entered into the competition. Your Sim can enter only one of each type, so one chicken and one egg. Make sure you have a chicken and an egg in your inventory if you plan to compete.

The Finchwick Cow Fair

MOOOOO!!! The Finchwick Cow Fair is all about your bovine buddies! Enter your finest cow to be judged in the competition and compete with your tastiest bottle of milk! To enter a cow or milk into the competition, make sure you have your cow and a bottle of milk in your inventory.

The Finchwick Garden Fair

Put your crop-raising and pie-baking skills to the test in the Finchwick Garden Fair! Bring your tastiest pie and finest fruit or veggie to be judged in the competition, but no oversized crops! There’s a separate Fair for that. The Garden Fair is for regular sized fruits and veggies, only.

The Finchwick Oversized Crop Fair

Think you have the biggest pumpkin in town? Prove it and bring it to the Oversized Crop Fair to be judged against other giant crops! And if you can’t get enough pie, the Oversized Crop Fair also hosts a pie competition.

The Finchwick Llama Fair

Llamas and wool get their chance to shine at the Finchwick Llama Fair! Bring your best llama with you to be judged and don’t forget a sample of their finest wool, either! To enter a llama into the competition, make sure it’s in your Sim’s inventory before you head to the fairgrounds.

Participating in the Finchwick Fair

To enter your animals into the Finchwick Fair, make sure the animal is in your inventory when you arrive at the fairgrounds. To do this, click on your animal while it is outside the coop or shed and select Put in Inventory. If you intend to submit a pie, fruit/veggie, or animal product into the competition, too, then make sure you have those in your inventory as well.

When you arrive at the Fair with your animals and products, you’ll see designated areas for whatever is being judged that week. Click on the designated areas to enter your animals and items. Then it’s just a matter of waiting for the mayor to judge your entries. She’ll wander around the fairgrounds periodically, taking notes on the different entries. If your Sim is feeling a bit mischievous, they can try to bribe her to secure a win but this is risky. If it fails, you’ll actually hurt your chances for a win.

For animal entries, “special” animals like Golden Chickens, and Rainbow Cows and Llamas tend to fare better in the competition but stats and relationship are the most important factors. A very happy animal that is clean, well-fed, and content with a high relationship with its owner has much better odds of winning than an animal with average stats and a neutral relationship with your Sim. In our experience, dressing the animals didn’t appear to make much of a difference but there doesn’t seem to be any harm in dressing up your animals for the Fair.

For animal products, grown produce, and pies, the quality matters the most. Excellent and Perfect quality items will do best in the competition but you can also help boost your chances by entering special items, like golden eggs or rainbow milk. For oversized crops, size is the main determining factor but you will also want your oversized crop to be healthy and high quality.

While you are waiting for the judging to take place, we recommend stopping by the market stalls to pick up some specialty items you can’t ordinarily buy on non-Fair days. You can also sell your own products at an extra 10% profit, so waiting for the Finchwick Fair to sell your extra crafts and animal products can be a great way to maximize your farm’s income. You can also check out the other entries and socialise with the locals at the pub.

You’ll be notified whether you won at the end of the festival at around 10:30pm. Any animals entered will be automatically returned to the household inventory (not your Sim’s inventory) and any ribbons or other items your Sim won will appear in their personal inventory. The Finchwick Fair ribbons are part of a new collection in the game. There are participation ribbons, as well as ribbons for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the various competition categories. For more information about the Finchwick Fair Ribbons collection, see our guide, The Sims 4 Cottage Living: Collection Guide.

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