The Merced County Fair said it's conducting a contest for the best graphic design to illustrate the 2011 fair's theme -- "Saddle Up for Fun!"
The deadline to submit entries in the logo design contest is Sept. 24, at 3 p.m.
The creator of the first place logo design wins $500 and a pair of season passes to the fair. The competition is open to Merced County residents only, the fair said in a news release.
Karen Arnold of Merced won the fair's theme contest. The theme commodity for the 120th anniversary fair is horses. The fair is June 16-20, 2011.
The fair's board of directors will select the first, second and third place graphic design winners at their October 18 board meeting. All eligible entries will be assigned a number for judging. The numbered entries will be reviewed by the fair's marketing/promotions committee before the winning entries are selected by the fair board. The entrants' names won't be revealed until after the winners are picked. The second- and third-place winners will each receive a pair of season passes to the fair.
To enter the contest, artists may use any medium and submit a maximum of three entries on 8 ½- by- 11-inch paper. All entries become the Merced County Fair's property and won't be returned to the artist. The winning entry may be altered for marketing purposes. Entries may be submitted to the fairgrounds office, 900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, or mailed to the Merced County Fair, 900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Merced CA. 95341.
Submissions should include the entrant's name, address and phone number and a copy of the following statement with your signature: "The logo entry (entries) are the artist's own original, artistic creation and intellectual property." A news release and photo about the logo winners may be issued by the fair. Information on the contest is available on the fair's website www.MercedCountyFair.com. For more information, call the fair office at (209) 722-1507.
-- Sun-Star staff