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 many contests for youngsters (this is a pdf file). Admit it: Haven’t you been coveting one of those big rosette ribbons for years?
Many school groups enter, but any child 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, but the winner of the egg drop contest gets passes to the fall fair and ride tickets. 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.
What do you have to do to enter? First, check out the link to the Creative Kids Contests (this is a big pdf). Pick your category and review all the rules. You will need to enter online by Monday, April 4th, and then you bring your physical entry to the fair on the 7th or 8th. Any child between 6-16 is eligible. Now, kids can only enter once in each class-in other words, your youngster can enter the egg drop and the watercolor painting, but not two watercolor paintings. Be sure to ask your kids if they are doing a project with their class at school, because you don’t want them to get disqualified. There are a lot of other rules, but really nothing complicated-just read them carefully. If you get confused, there is contact information for the coordinator on the first page.
I am soooo talking my kids into doing this. I’m just trying to decide whether we’re I mean, my kids are just trying to decide whether they’re going for the bird house or watercolor. O.K….I admit I kind of want a ribbon myself. Is that so wrong??
Speaking of which, Sumner Mane Stage is set to open their production of State Fair, a great, wholesome production for your older kids.