Stardew Valley Fair best items for grange display, Stardrop & rewards

Stardew Valley Fair best items for grange display, Stardrop & rewards
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Written by 

Kiera Mills

Last updated 

22nd Feb 2024 12:12


Showing off your best quality crops and other items at the Stardew Valley Fair's grange display will net you some rare rewards, and the event is the perfect opportunity to get your hands on a Stardrop - so we're here to show you the best items to use for the grange display that will yield the best rewards.

Like the Luau, the Stardew Valley Fair is a reoccurring event that takes place every year in the Fall and is the perfect chance to mingle with the townsfolk, show off your artisanal prowess and get your hands on some of the rarest items in the game.

When is the Stardew Valley Fair?

The Stardew Valley Fair takes place every year during Fall 16.

You will receive word from Mayor Lewis prior to this as a reminder that the fair is coming up, so be sure to stock up on all your gold and iridium quality crops, fish and artisanal goods.

Stardew Valley Fair Grange Display

The grange display at the Stardew Valley Fair
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The Grange Display is perhaps the most notable feature of the Stardew Valley Fair and can net you the princely sum of 1,000 Star Tokens for taking first place.

It's important to make sure you present items of the highest quality possible and items that belong to an array of categories. For example, it won’t be enough just to place nine iridium-quality fish on display as they all belong to the fish category.

For best results, try to have at least six items belonging to unique categories:

  • Animal Products (Milk, Goat Milk, Eggs, Rabbit Foot, Duck Feather etc.)
  • Artisan Goods (Wine, Beer, Truffle Oil, Preserves, Cheese, Mayonnaise etc.)
  • Cooking (This includes the Oil of Garlic and Triple Shot Espresso recipes.)
  • Fish
  • Foraging (This includes Flowers and Sap as well as Mushrooms and Vegetable Forage goods)
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Minerals (including the most expensive mineral, the Prismatic Shard)

If you have options to choose from, for example, two different iridium quality vegetables, always choose the item worth the most amount of gold as you will get bonus points for expensive items used.

Remember to empty the grange box after Mayor Lewis announces the winner, or you will not receive your items back.

How to get the best quality items in Stardew Valley

An example of the best Grange Display in Stardew Valley
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To get iridium-quality fruit, the fruit trees will have to be three years old. The fruit trees produce silver-quality fruit after the first year, gold after the second and iridium after the third.

Access to Deluxe Fertiliser is needed to grow higher quality vegetables, it can also be used when growing wild seeds to create higher quality forage items.

Improving your fishing skills and simply practising is the key to obtaining iridium quality fish. If you catch one without the green bar on the fishing mini-game slipping off the fish, you will receive a perfect score and the quality of the fish will be improved.

Animal products will increase in quality if a good relationship is maintained with the animals, (this means feeding and petting them every day unless you have an Auto Feeder and Auto Petter in the coops).

Stardew Valley Fair Shop

The currency at the shop is Star Tokens. These can either be bought directly at the token kiosk or won by playing the games at the various Fair stalls. The player may also win tokens by taking part in the Grange Display.

The shop during the Stardew Valley Fair
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Permanent Stock

One of the rare Stardrops can be purchased here for 2,000 Star Tokens. The Stardrop is a limited item in the game that can increase the maximum energy of the player. It will be needed to complete the Ultimate Perfection quest and score 100% perfection on your playthrough. Only one Stardrop per playthrough is on offer at the Fair.

Another important item for sale is one of the eight special Rarecrows, a collectable item in the game.

The other permanent stock items are mostly decoration items, these being the Dried Sunflowers, Fedora and Light Green Rug.

Rotating stock

  • Triple Shot Espresso
  • Pepper Poppers
  • Glowstone Ring
  • Hay x100
  • Mixed Seeds x24

Stardew Valley Fair Games

The Exchange Booth at the Stardew Valley Fair
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The Stardew Valley Fair games all follow a carnival theme and offer the player the chance to win more Star Tokens to spend. (Star Tokens are only spendable at this event, when it is over the player’s wallet will return to normal).

The strength game is a timed bar that stops upon the release of the player’s pickaxe. If you manage to time it right and get the top of the bar, the strong man will award you with a single Star Token.

There is an exchange booth where you can purchase the amount of Star Tokens you want if you wish to fast-track your way to the Stardrop.

There is also a fishing game, if you have a high fishing skill and are practised enough, it’s an easy way to obtain extra Star Tokens. There is also a mystic hut where the oracle will read your fortune for you and a slingshot game that will award you for shooting moving targets with your slingshot.

The Spinning Wheel game at the Stardew Valley Fair
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If you wish to earn tokens quickly, the Spinning Wheel game is a good way to do this. The wheel has a 75% chance to land on green and a 25% chance to land on orange. Due to this probability, it is recommended to always bet on green, but bet two-thirds of your original pool of star tokens, so that in the event it does land on orange you can easily make up your earnings again.

Stardew Valley Fair Hidden Reward

Other than winning the Grange Display or buying tokens outright, there is another way to achieve tokens quickly.

If you haven’t completed the mayor’s ‘Missing Shorts’ quest yet you can place the mayor’s pants on the Grange Display instead.

They Mayor's pants in the Grange Display at the Stardew Valley Fair
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Obtain the pants by achieving two hearts with Marnie first, this will grant you access to her bedroom where the pants are located. Pick them up and when the time to fill your grange box comes, place them inside.

The mayor will get embarrassed and award you 750 Star Tokens to ‘keep quiet’ about the matter.

Remember to empty the box after and you can keep the pants for future festivals or return them to the mayor if you wish.

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That's everything you need to know about completing the Stardew Valley Fair and ensuring your Grange Display yields the most rewards. If you're looking for even more Stardew Valley content, be sure to check out our Sebastian guide, so you can start romancing the purple-haired gamer.

Kiera Mills
About the author
Kiera Mills
Kiera is a former GGRecon Guides Writer.
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