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Spring Fair offers ribbons and free entry for creative kids

There’s something quintessentially American about bringing home a blue ribbon from the state fair.

At April’s Washington State Spring Fair in Puyallup, kids 6-15 can show off their creative side and get free entry – and just maybe leave with a ribbon.

The Creative Kids Exhibit allows those youths to enter their work in seven categories: art, baking & confections, creative writing, paper crafts & scrapbooking, photography, textiles, and an egg drop contest.

Each child who enters the contest will receive a free admission ticket to the Spring Fair at the time of their entry submission.

The various contests will be judged by local experts in each of the seven fields. Ribbons and rosettes, but no cash, will be awarded. All first place entries will be displayed during the Spring Fair. Efforts will be made to display the others as well, fair officials said.

Entries must be made online between Feb. 11 and April 6 at 10 p.m. The Spring Fair runs April 16-19. Last year 1,210 entries were submitted.

Here are more details from the announcement:

Preregistered entries and summary sheets should be delivered to the north end of the Pavilion, first floor at the Washington State Fair Events Center on April 9 and 10, between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Entries can be delivered by the entrant, their teacher, parent or other representative. No mailed entries will be accepted. Register at www.thefair.com/participate/creative-kids/.

The exhibit will be displayed in the Pavilion, a building that focuses on kids, called KidZone. Brad’s Reptiles, Master Gardener’s Kids Activity, and FFA are also located in KidZone. The Puyallup School District’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) competition will be held on the second floor of the Pavilion.

The two age divisions are designed so that children can best exhibit their creativity and skill. They are 6 to 10 years, and 11 to 15 years. The two age divisions apply to all divisions in the Creative Kids Exhibit. Three types can enter: Individuals, School Classes, and Quick Groups (i.e., 4-H, home school). Only one entry per class (e.g., one mixed media and one sculpture) will be accepted.

The “Creative Kids Showcase” presentation will be held in the Pavilion on Sunday, April 19 at noon. Students who enter their creative writing on April 9 or 10 can sign up to read their written work to the audience at the Showcase on Sunday.

In the Baking Department, awards for first and second place honors in each age division will be presented by the Washington Association of Wheat Growers for the most outstanding yeast bread using wheat. First, second and third place honors in each division will be presented by Seattle Fudge in the Parent-Child Candy Contest.

The Egg Drop Contest displays the containers in KidZone throughout the Spring Fair. Each must be a “one egg container” that will allow a raw chicken egg to survive, whole and unscrambled, when dropped from a height of 12 and 16 feet – or higher. Students must arrive by 2:30 pm on Sunday, April 19 to put the egg into their containers for the 3 p.m. event. Individual entries only in this category. Prizes for the three highest eggs dropped in each division will be awarded, which include Washington State Fair gate tickets and rides this September 11-27, 2015.

To obtain a Creative Kids Exhibit premium list outlining the specific rules, entrants may download the entry information online. Visit at www.thefair.com/participate/exhibit-entries/, then download the Creative Kids 2015 Entry Information.

Kids, ages 0-18 years can enjoy Kids FREE Gate Admission from 2-10 p.m. on Thursday, April 16 only. Non-perishable donations are recommended for the Puyallup Food Bank’s food drive throughout the day on Thursday. Military Appreciation Day, presented by KVI 570 AM and KOMO News Radio 1000 AM / 97.7 FM will be on Friday, with free gate admission to active, reserve, retired military and their dependents with valid military ID.

Discount gate tickets are available March 23 at participating Fred Meyer stores, Safeway stores, and South Hill Mall for $7.50 (adults), and $6.50 (students 6-18 years).

Adult gate tickets are $10 at the gate, and Students (6-18 years) are $8 at the gate. Children five years and under are free. Parking is free. Reserved premium parking is available for $10 at http://www.thefair.com/ Hours are Thursday (4/16) from 2-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday (4/17-4/18) 10 a.m.-10 pm; and Sunday (4/19) from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

The 2015 Spring Fair marks the 26th year the event has been held, drawing nearly 150,000 guests. Animals, the NW Jr. Livestock Show, free entertainment, kids’ activities, shopping, Motorsport Mayhem and much more attract large crowds to this celebration of spring each April. For more info about the Spring Fair, April 16-19, 2015, or the Sept. 11-27, 2015, Washington State Fair, visit www.thefair.com.

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