I don’t know if I’m allowed to say this, but I actually prefer the Spring Fair to the big one in the fall. It’s got that down home, old-fashioned feel, with all the things I love best about the fair-like baby animals and hobby displays-and less of the things I can do without-like crazy crowds and manic noise. I also love all the free things the Spring Fair offers for kids and families.
If you’re a Spring fair fan too, you might want to see if your kids would be interested in entering one of the Creative Kids contests. Admit it: Haven’t you been coveting one of those big, fluffy ribbons for years?
Many school groups enter, but any child age 6-15 can enter as an individual, and there is a huge variety of categories. Your child could build a ribbon worthy bird house, bake a prize winning pretzel, or style a runway ready shoe. All entrants get a free gate pass and are eligible to win ribbons.
There are no cash prizes, just plenty of glory! Entries in most categories are judged against a standard rather than each other, so it’s possible to have multiple winners-and yeah, your kids’ chances in the less popular contests should be pretty good.
Online registration is due by the 8th. There are pretty extensive rules for each category, so if you’re going to do this, do read them so you don’t run into a technicality. I’d first download the rules and then go back and click on the online entry form to register.
Younger kids can still enter the PBS Kids Writing Contest. If any of your talented kiddos earn a big prize, be sure to let us know!
Image property of the Puyallup fair and thefair.com; these are 2012 dates-ignore ‘em.