MERCED -- The 2013 Merced County Fair will salute veterans and service members by displaying commemorative quilts, which will be donated to military hospitals or charities after the fair ends.
"Quilting for Veterans" is a quilting division added under the Home Arts Department, fair officials said.
They said making a quilt for a soldier offers the opportunity to "honor a veteran and give him or her a piece of home."
The quilts can be placemats, lap quilts or bed quilts, according to fair officials.
Ribbons will be awarded for first, second and third place winners. All items entered will be given to a military hospital or to charities that assist veterans.
Fair officials said entry forms are due on or before May 9.
For more information and entry forms, pick up a copy of the 2013 Merced County Fair's Exhibitors Handbook at the fair office at 900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way.
The book is also available at www.mercedcountyfair. com.
The 122nd Merced County Fair runs June 12-16.
The fair's theme will be "Thank You Veterans" and will honor those in uniform through activities and tributes.
The number of veterans living in the county totals 12,574, according to the Merced County veterans' services office.
Reporter Ramona Giwargis can be reached at (209) 385-2477 or email@example.com.