Our county fairs are really hurting. Entries are down. Way down. Fairs are losing money and it is possible, even likely, that some of our fairs will die out in the not-so-far future. That makes me incredibly sad.
Since you're reading my blog, chances are good that you enjoy scrapbooking, cooking, or kids' crafts. Perhaps all three. Did you know that you can enter all of these (and so much more) in your local county fair? How about photography? Cake decorating? Gift wrapping? Gardening? Poetry? Flower arranging? People are always surprised to hear just how many different types of things can be entered in the fair.
Entering is easy. Entering is inexpensive. Entering is fun.
If you live in or near Solano County, click here:
If you live elsewhere, simply Google "_____ county fair."
Most counties allow residents from surrounding counties to enter their fair, so if entering in your own county fair is inconvenient (perhaps you'll be vacationing during the delivery dates) or the deadline for entries has already passed, consider entering in a surrounding county.
And don't forget your kids! The age differs in each county, but Trevor has been entering at the Solano County Fair since age 3. Any child can enter - you don't need to be affiliated with a school or youth organization. The crafts your children do at school, the projects or drawings they do at home, the photos they take, the foods they make.... all of those are things you can enter. Here is Trevor showing off two of his first fair entries (the painting of flowers behind his left elbow and the paper bowl turtle on the purple counter by his left shoulder- both blue ribbons!)
I hope all of you will consider entering something (and helping your children enter something!) in your local county fair. If you have any questions or need any help, please let me know. This is something I believe in passionately and am more than willing to help walk any of you though the process of entering.