The 2012 Merced County Fair’s Exhibitor’s Handbook, including entry forms, is available at www.MercedCountyFair.com. To go directly to the online exhibitor’s handbook: www.MercedCountyFair.com/pages/fair/handbook.html
The fair said it printed fewer copies of the 80-page handbook. Postcards have been mailed to 2011 exhibitors to let them know the online version of the handbook is now available and to encourage them to use it. For those who want a copy of the handbook, booklets can be picked up at the fair office, 900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way. Fair staff will be available to provide help completing entry forms. Office hours are weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The free handbook contains instructions on how to submit entries in all the fair’s divisions and categories, including quilting, amateur wine divisions, models, preserved foods, woodworking, holiday decorations, oil painting, wheelbarrow gardens and more.
The fair is June 13-17 and the deadline to submit most entry forms is Thursday, May 10. “Cows Just Wanna Have Fun!” is the theme of the 121st annual fair, presented by the 35th District Agricultural Association. Several of the entry divisions including floriculture and photography invite exhibitors to create an entry inspired by the fair’s theme.
Commodity murals also depict the fair’s annual theme – cows. Previously, that division was for nonprofit organizations, but this year the boards are smaller and the division has been opened up to all exhibitors, groups and families. The murals must be made on an 18-inch-by-24-inch wood board. Materials used to create the mural are limited to commodities grown or produced in California such as nuts, grains, fruits, vegetables, forest or livestock products.
New to this year’s handbook is “Nut Divisions,” under the Agriculture-Horticulture Department. Almonds, walnuts and any other variety of nuts, shelled or in the shell may be entered. There’s also a new fresh cut flower category for annuals and perennials in the Floriculture Department.
There’s a new competition in the special “Day of” cooking contests – the “Frosted Cupcake” contest. You’ll get in to the fair for free with a plate of cupcakes. Like all the “day of ” contests, fill out the entry form that day. All the “day of” cooking contests are open to any Merced County amateur cook and judging is open to the public.
Depending on the entry category, you can win ribbons, prizes and even cash awards, the fair said in a news release.
For more information call (209)722-1507, fax at (209) 722-3773 email to Info@MercedCountyFair.com, go to www.MercedCountyFair.com, connect on Facebook and Twitter.