Â IMPERIAL – With the 2014 edition of the California Mid-Winter Fair and Fiesta less than eight weeks away, itâ€™s time to start thinking about entering an exhibit and competing for some of the thousands of dollars in cash prizes that are handed out each year to fair exhibitors.
Deadline for submitting entry forms is Feb. 1.
This yearâ€™s 10-day fair will be a salute to the film industry, with a theme of â€œNow Playing.â€ It runs February 28 through March 9.
Adult exhibitors this year have a choice of how to submit their entry. The fair has initiated a new online entry system atÂ www.ivexpo.com. Adult exhibitors using that system will not be charged an entry fee. Paper submissions can also be submitted, but the fee will be levied.
All Junior Exhibitors (livestock & still entries) are required to submit their entries through the online entry program and will be required to pay the posted entry fees for their animals or items.
After logging onto the IV Expo home page, the entry system can be accessed by clicking on â€œCalifornia Mid-Winter Fair and Fiesta,â€ then on the ShoWorks logo and following the instructions.
The fair has embarked on a proactive effort to boost adult entries and for the third year will hold a â€œFair Entries 101â€ class. It will be 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. February 1 in the IV Expo Board Room on the fairgrounds at 200 E. Second St., Imperial. The board room is just north of the main fair office.
Although the entry form deadline is also that day, exhibit superintendents will be on hand to help people fill out the paperwork and answer questions. A computer also is available for the public to use in the fair office to access the online system.
â€œIf you can make it, bake it, sew it, grow it or show it, there is some kind of category available to local hobbyists and crafters,â€ said Fair CEO Theresa Garcia.
The Creative Arts Department, formerly called adult exhibits, will be moved this year to the Hulsienda building.Â School art exhibits will be located in the lifestyle building.
The actual entries are not needed until closer to fair time.
There are many ways for people to exhibit at the fair. All of the categories are included in the Exhibitor Handbook posted on the fair website.
â€œIf you are not sure what department, division or class your item should be entered into, please plan to come to our workshop,â€ Garcia said. â€œThere is something uniquely suited to you: from poppies to pies, cookies to collections, art to animals, preserves to photographs,,â€ she added.
For additional information, contact the fair office at 760-355-1181 or email to email@example.com.