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Press Archive: 2/12/2013

By Diane Booth Conway, Merced County Fair Marketing Manager

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Fair Exhibitor Handbooks Online Now

Exhibitor's HandbookWouldn’t your amazing vacation photos, stunning handmade bracelets and gorgeous hanging plants look so much better on display with a ribbon at the Merced County Fair?

Showcase your talents at the 2013 Merced County Fair, it’s the place to demonstrate your skills from crafts, collections, ceramics and canning to wine-making, baking, jewelry-making and photography. We want you to share the works of art you’ve created in the garden, at the sewing machine, the kitchen table, the work bench, in the classroom, in front of a laptop or an easel.

The 2013 Merced County Fair’s Exhibitor’s Handbook is filled with hundreds of entry possibilities. The handbook, including entry forms, is available at www.MercedCountyFair.com. To go directly to the online exhibitor’s handbook use this url, www.MercedCountyFair.com/pages/fair/handbook.html

To be “greener” and save money, the fair printed fewer copies of the 80-page handbook. Postcards have been mailed to 2012 exhibitors to let them know the online version of the handbook is now available and to encourage them to use it. For those who want a print copy of the handbook, booklets can be picked up at the fair office, 900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way. Fair staff will be available to provide help completing entry forms. Office hours are weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Depending on the entry category, you can win ribbons, prizes and even cash awards, but everybody has fun! Now is the time to start planning those entries because the fair is looking for lots of creative exhibits from our community to display at Merced County’s largest event.

The free handbook contains everything you need to know with easy-to-follow instructions on how to submit entries in all the fair’s divisions and categories including amateur wine divisions, models, preserved foods, woodworking, holiday decorations, oil painting, preschool arts and crafts and a lot more.

The fair is June 12-16 and the deadline to submit most entry forms is Thursday, May 9. “Thank You Veterans” is the theme of the 122nd annual fair, presented by the 35th District Agricultural Association.

Several of the entry divisions invite exhibitors to create an entry inspired by the fair’s theme, “Thank You Veterans.”

In the Photography Department, exhibitors can submit either black and white or color photos interpreting the fair’s theme. In the Floriculture Department, you can create a garden in a wagon or a wheelbarrow, a dried/silk arrangement or pedestal arrangement, a decorated door or wind chimes, following the fair theme or other patriotic themes. In the Home Arts Department, you can put together a table setting inspired by the themes “Stars and Stripes” or “Anchors Away”. Under the Crafts and Hobbies Department, there’s a class for exhibiting military collections.

A new category added under Home Arts, in the Quilting Division, is “Quilting for Veterans.” The three classes are placemats, lap quilts and bed quilts. Quilts will be donated to a military hospital and/or veterans’ charity.

Another new category under the Crafts and Hobbies Department, Recycled Arts & Crafts, is Duct Tape Art. Exhibitors can let their imagination run wild, using any kind of printed duct tape to create an original work of art from a purse or a wallet to jewelry or a hair accessory.

For more information call (209) 722-1507, fax (209) 722-3773, or email to Info@MercedCountyFair.com. Visit the Fair’s website, www.MercedCountyFair.com and connect with us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

 

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