(hõm ärts): The traditional handiwork of home makers.
About the Department
Make yourself at home in the Home Arts department! Come join the busy bees who make potholders and quilts, jams and jellies, cakes and pies and any of the other household creations you can imagine!
If you have a family recipe that you are proud of, you are welcome to compete in one of the many cooking competitions; cooked either on-stage or prepared beforehand.
If you like to sew, cook or you are just an all around Suzy Homemaker, now is your chance to show off, and win fame among your friends and family! It’s all good fun and entering is a snap! Just check the Entry Guide on this website for all of the details!
WHEN TO ENTER
Arts & Crafts, Clothing & Textiles, Creative Writing and Preserved Foods – Friday, July 19. Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21, 2019 – 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Special Exhibits – Thursday, July 18, 2019 – 10:00 AM-3:00 PM; Friday, July 19, Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21, 2019 – 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Baked Foods – Monday, July 29, 2019 – 7:00 AM-1:00 PM
Enter online at www.venturacountyfair.org – June 1-July 15, 2019. Online entries close at 10:00 PM on July 15, 2019.
When you arrive on the entry days, proceed to whatever area you entered in. Please tell the clerks you have entered online so we can get your paperwork and printed entry tags.
You do not have to enter online to exhibit at the fair – just bring your items on entry dates between 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
WHEN TO PICK UP ENTRIES
Items are picked up on Monday, August 12, 2019 – 12:00 Noon-7:00 PM. Claim checks must be presented.
Items unclaimed on August 12, 2019 become the property of the Fair and will be disposed.
Saturday, August 3, 2019 – Best Coffee Cake or Tea Cake (ready made)
Saturday, August 3, 2019 – Best Pasta or Rice Dish (on stage cooking)
Sunday, August 4, 2019 – Best Salsa (ready made)
Sunday, August 4, 2019 – Best Enchilada (on stage cooking)
Tuesday, August 6, 2019 – Best Cupcake (ready made)
Tuesday, August 6, 2019 – Best Dessert (ready made)
Saturday, August 10, 2019 – Best Pizza (on stage cooking)
Tuesday, July 30, 2019 – “If I were a Princess”
Sunday, August 4, 2019 – “High Tea” (formal setting)
Thursday, August 8, 2019 – “Secret Garden”
KING ARTHUR FLOUR BAKING CONTEST
Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Family Cookie Recipe
SPECIAL HOME ARTS EVENT
Blessing of the Marriages – Celebrating couples who have been married for 40 years and more.
Date and Time to be announced
» Academic Rodeo
» Amateur Art
» Gems and Minerals
» Hobbies and Collections
» Home Arts
» Horse Shows
» Large Livestock
» Professional Art
» Small Livestock
» Uncle Leo’s Barn
» Youth Expo
I got involved in working in the home arts dept. through a co-worker, Maxine Ingold, in 1976. She asked me to come and help make posters for the exhibits, so I did. I made posters of what was in the freezer, and who had won. I also hostessed that year. The next year, I helped take entries. I was a typist for the preserved foods. We had to type all the labels for the jars. I did that until the chairman moved and I took the chairman’s job. I was chairman for preserved foods for a few years. Then, when May Lee Barry and Diane Korin became superintendents, I became the lunch lady for the home arts. I still do that as superintendent today. I did the lunches and also when Pyillis Kidd took over the contests, I was her helper. I ran the contests she couldn’t and helped her do the others. Phyillis and I became co-superintendents in 1995. We worked well as a team; I still miss her today. She passed away during the fair in 2002.
Every fair has special moments. Opening day is always my favorite day! The people who have entered are all excited to find their entries and see if they have won.
I have no main hobbies. I live to cook and try new recipes. I love working in the exhibits dept. We carry on an old tradition from our grandparents and theirs: a county fair for all to come and participate in if they choose to.
The most frequently asked questions are: Where are the restrooms? I can’t find my entry, do you know where it is? What’s the best food to eat? Is there a pay phone? Are you tired yet?
I have seven chairman, who run individual depts., a gopher staff that helps everyone, and a lot of hard working volunteers that make the home arts dept. run smoothly. If you would like to help out by being a volunteer, please call the fairgrounds and ask for home arts or any department that you have interests in. See you at the fair…Valerie Ulmer.
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