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 and fall passes for egg drop winners. 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 9th. 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.
You can also still enter the PBS Kids Writing Contest. The others mentioned in this post are over, but that one is at the top, and your little wordsmiths have until the end of the month.