YAKIMA – Even though the Central Washington State Fair is about two months away, for those wishing to enter something in the annual event, now is the time to start making plans to do so.
Everything exhibitors need to know about entering an item in this year’s fair is now available online through the fair’s exhibitor guidebook at www.statefairpark.org.
The 2014 guidebook tells how, when and where to enter items. It also provides information on contests open to exhibitors, as well as premium information and other useful tips for bringing home a blue ribbon.
Participants can enter such items as baked foods, preserved foods, flowers, photos, fruit, vegetables and artwork. Other divisions of competition include woodworking, crafts, sewing, quilting, scrapbooking, amateur wine, homemade beer, livestock and more.
Those who do enter have a chance to win some of the thousands of dollars and/or prizes the fair gives out to the best of the best entries. Plus, entries will be on display for some 300,000 people to see.
Fair exhibitors also can also win prizes and money in several special contests at this year’s fair. Information about these contests is in the fair guide.
Information is also available on the return of the Plein Air Contest - which is a painting contest done outside rather than in a studio. Not only is this a fun contest for the participants, but fairgoers get to observe the contest artist in action.
For those entering a quilt in the fair, there is a new critique form in the guidebook, which is part of a new judging system to evaluate the quilted entries at this year’s fair.
This year the fair is bringing back a youth sheep show, long horn show and dairy cattle show. Entry information is in the guidebook, as is information on entering a fleece and fiber show, which is new to the fair this year.
Folks who have made something that they would like to enter in the fair and see no specific category listed for it in the guidebook can call the fair office to make arrangements for its possible display.
The new Central Washington State Fair exhibitors guidebook can be found on the fair’s website at www.statefairpark.org by clicking on “how to participate,” and then click on “competitive exhibits.”
Those who don’t have online access can call the fair office at 509-248-7160. Individual department information is available and can be picked up at the fair office at 1301 South Fair Ave. in Yakima.
The Central Washington State Fair runs Friday, Sept. 19, through Sunday, Sept. 28, in Yakima.