Exhibition guide provides new fair information

Photography superintendent Kim Bolen entered scores in the photo department as Eric Schultheiss and Heather Gangler judged last year's the entries at the Umatilla County Fair in Hermiston. <br><I>File photo

On the heels of required pre-registration for open-class exhibits at the Umatilla County Fair, exhibitors will find a couple more changes this year. All of the information is available in the recently competed exhibitor's guide.

In an effort to be more reflective of the category, the flower and horticulture department has changed to The Backyard Gardener and the land produce has changed to fruits and vegetables.

"We restructured those two departments to make it more user-friendly, so anyone can exhibit," said Joanna Hayden, fairgrounds administrative assistant.

Those two departments, Hayden said, are exempt from the pre-registration requirement. All other open-class exhibits must be pre-registered by July 29. Any entries after that date won't be judged; however, they may be displayed if space is available.

Another significant change due to space limitations is in the photography department, which limits exhibitors to no more than five photos. Shutterbugs can enter in multiple lots or in the same lot.

Hayden said the pre-registration requirement, which was instituted last year, has helped streamline the entry process. Another advantage to pre-registration for open-class exhibits is the exhibitor is eligible to purchase a season pass for $11 - a savings of $14.

Exhibitors should complete registration information for entries they anticipate entering. Hayden said it's a simple process to cancel a pre-entry that's not complete by fair time.

She also encouraged the parents or teachers of children to look through school art projects as potential entries into the fair.

"What a great way to earn some money from the premiums," Hayden said.

Creative Kids, previously called Kid's Corner, which is open to children 12 and under, is a great introduction to exhibiting at the fair, Hayden said.

Premiums for open-class exhibits, except The Backyard Gardener, fruits and vegetables and livestock departments, will be paid in cash Thursday through Saturday of fair week from 1:30-4 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the fair office. For those unable to pick up premiums during fair week, checks will be mailed after the fair.

The theme of this year's fair is "150 Ways To Have fun at the Umatilla County Fair." The fair runs from Tuesday, August 11 through Saturday, August 15.

Registration forms can be completed by going to www.co.or.us/fair and follow the entry links, completing the forms and faxing them to 541-567-8115, mailing to P.O. Box 94, Hermiston OR 97838 or dropping them off at the fair office at 515 W. Orchard Ave., Hermiston. Hayden said people who don't have computer access are welcome to come to the fair office. For more information, contact the fair at 541-567-6121 or 800-700-3247.

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