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Fairtime Contests & Special Events

Sonoma County Fair

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This is your chance to take center stage! You can blow a giant bubblegum bubble, demonstrate your loudest scream, make a milk moustache and show the world how much you and your mother look alike. There are contests every day of the Fair. All contests are free to participants with Fair admission, and everyone who enters gets a ribbon. Any fairgoer old enough to stand on stage is welcome in most contests.

2018 Contests & Games

Animal Imitation Contest

Contestants may choose to imitate the animal of their choice. Imitations should be primarily sound (no leaping around the stage). Contestants will be divided into categories at the start of the contest. The size and type of categories will depend upon the number of entries and the number of different types of imitations. Sign up at the stage on the day of the contest, no later than 10 minutes before the contest start time.

Bubblegum Bubble Blowing

The Fair will provide each contestant with one piece of bubblegum. Contestants must use gum supplied by the Fair. All contestants will begin chewing their gum at approximately the same time. Contestants will compete in heats, with each contestant blowing no more than three bubbles. Winners from each heat will come back at the end of the contest to blow three more bubbles in the finals. Contestants will use the same piece of gum for the entire competition. The decisions of the announcer are final. Sign up at the stage on the day of the contest, no later than 10 minutes before the contest.

Diaper Derby Sponsored by Green Toys

This is a contest for the very youngest fairgoers. The object is to cross the finish line by crawling faster than the other contestants. Those on the sidelines will not be allowed to assist contestants, except to cheer them on! Parents may use a bottle or toy to coax the child to crawl to them but may not step between the starting line and the finish line during the Derby. Contestants who stand up or walk during the Derby will be disqualified in the nicest possible way. All contestants will receive a ribbon & a hat. The big winner will receive a large rosette and a special set of toys from the people at Green Toys. To sign up, register at the Kids Area 15 minutes before the contest.

Egg Hunt

This is just like an Easter Egg Hunt, but we’re going to hold it in the middle of the summer. No baskets needed, since no one is going to get that many eggs. (We’re expecting lots of hunters!) There is no lower age limit for this contest, but remember that no one older than 10 years old will be allowed out on the egg hunting field. (That means no parents along to help out.) The Special Events Crew will be happy to help younger participants, to make sure everyone gets some eggs. Sign up at least 10 minutes before the hunt begins.

Elvis ‘ThankYouVeryMuch’ Contest

Even if you aren’t an Elvis fan, you probably know his signature line, “ThankYouVeryMuch”, spoken like a single word. If you think your ThankYouVeryMuch sounds like Elvis’ ThankYouVeryMuch, be sure to enter this contest. Each contestant will get a chance to utter that famous line for an audience of dedicated Elvis devotees, who will be judging the contest. The decisions of the announcer are final. Sign up near the stage at least 10 minutes before the contest.

Elvis Bingo

We’re playing Elvis Bingo! Instead of B-I-N-G-O across the top of every card, you will see E-L-V-I-S. We provide everything you need to play, including fun prizes for the big winners. Sign up at the stage by 1:20 p.m.

Elvis Impersonation

If you have ever sung a song and had friends, family and even strangers say “You sound just like Elvis!,” this is the contest for you. This is a musical impersonation contest. All contestants should be prepared to perform two songs originally performed by Elvis Presley. This contest is for solo vocal performers only. Contestants will be accompanied by a live band, provided by the Fair. The Elvis Impersonation Contest will be held at the Community Theater at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11. Although the musical presentation is critical, contestants should remember that the full picture is important, including stage presence, costume, and audience reaction. Applications are available on-line at www.sonomacountyfair.com and at the fairgrounds. Entries will be screened and a final roster of 10 contestants will be chosen by July 21. Your application must be at the fairgrounds no later than July 16. The entry deadline may be extended if 10 acceptable contestants have not yet been accepted.

Elvis Scream

All the old television footage shows Elvis fans showing their devotion by screaming out to the King. In this contest, fairgoers of all ages will scream “Elvis” for prizes, with special prizes awarded to the loudest, most piercing screams. This contest will be judged by the audience. The decisions of the announcer are final. Sign up at the stage at least 10 minutes before the contest.

Elvis Look-Alikes & Elvis Quiz-O-Rama

Enter both contests or only one! For the Look-Alike Contest, we’re looking for people who look like Elvis, Priscilla or Col. Parker. You don’t need to dress in costume, but it can’t hurt! In the Quiz-O-Rama, answer questions about Elvis’ life and win great Elvis stuff! Sign up on the day of the contest, at the stage at least 10 minutes before the contest.

Family Look-Alike Contest

Our judges (the audience) will be looking for contestants who look the most alike. Contestants may enter in one or more of the following categories: father/son, mother/daughter, cousins, brother/brother, sister/sister or sister/brother. Contestants are encouraged to dress alike if they think it will help their chances. Sign up at the stage no later than 10 minutes before the contest.

Free Throw Contest

Each contestant will be given the opportunity to attempt 5 basketball free throws. The top scorers will go into a final round. The first 20 contestants signed up will be in the contest. To enter, be there no later than 15 minutes before the start of the contest to register. Age divisions may be established, depending on who enters the contest. Meet and sign up just north of Hall of Flowers, by Family Fun Stage.

Grape Expectoration

The object is to spit the grape in a more-or-less straight line for the longest distance. The contest is open to spitters of all ages. Prizes will be awarded for the greatest distance a grape travels. Each contestant will choose a grape from the bowl of grapes on stage, step up to the line (on stage) and spit. The distance from the spitter to the first time the grape lands is the official distance. After all contestants have spit their grapes, awards will be given out to winners in each age category. Sign up at the stage no later than 10 minutes before the contest.

Harry Potter Costume and Parade of Wizards!

Dress like a character from the world of Harry Potter, either books or movies, and you might win a prize! All Harry Potter Costume contestants will be judged prior to the start of the Fair Parade* (4:30 p.m.) at the Barnyard Stage. Awards will be given prior to the 5 p.m. parade start. All contestants are asked to join the parade around the fairgrounds.

Harry Potter’s Dragon Egg Hunt

Hagrid hatched a dragon’s egg, which is about as illegal as anything can be in the wizarding world. But we’re going to be hunting for fake dragon eggs, which is legal in any world. There is no lower age limit for this contest, but remember that no one older than 12 years old will be allowed out on the hunting field. (That means no parents along to help out.) Sign up at Wizard Fest no later than 10 minutes before the contest.

Harry Potter Look-Alike

This Look-Alike Contest will be divided into at least two categories: People and Creatures. The contest will be judged by the audience, who will be looking for contestants who look like the real thing. Costumes are not absolutely necessary, but they couldn’t hurt!

Harry Potter Moan Like Myrtle Contest

Imagine that you are a ghost, spending year after year in a school restroom, This is a situation that would make anyone want to moan. So put yourself in Moaning Myrtle’s place and let it all out. According to the dictionary, a moan is “a low, sustained, mournful cry, usually indicative of sorrow or pain.” In other words, feel worry for yourself and let the world know. In this contest, fairgoers of all ages will scream for moan, with special prizes awarded to the most pitiful moans of all. Sign up at the Flower Show Stage no later than 10 minutes before the contest.

Harry Potter Original Art Contest

This is an on-the-spot art contest. Come to Kids Area, sit down and create an original work of art with a Harry Potter theme between 12 and 3 p.m. Paper, markers, crayons and colored pencils will be provided. All parts of your entry must be created during the contest period. Entries will be judged on the spot, and winners will announced no later than 4 p.m. Entries will be divided into age groups for judging.

Harry Potter Team Trivia

Answer questions about the Harry Potter books & movies & be a winner! All ages are welcome, but this event won’t be easy! Pub-style, teams of 4-6 only. There will be at least four rounds of questions. Teams scoring the highest will receive Harry Potter-themed prizes. To reserve a place for your team in the competition, and a table at Slider’s, email Specialeventsat SonomaCountyFair.com. Additional teams can sign up on the spot as space allows. All participants will be asked to turn their cellphones and other internet devices off during the competition. Anyone using their phone or other research materials during the competition will be disqualified.

Harry Potter Tableaux

To create a tableau, you need a group of people who will create a life-size scene in still life. In other words, you choose a scene from any Harry Potter book and you and your friends act it out. Sort of. Actually, you won’t be moving at all, so you are acting out a picture, as though you were in a muggle painting, or photograph (wizard pictures move, so they don’t make good examples). Your group will have a few minutes to get in position behind a screen. Then, you strike a pose and the audience will try to guess what scene you are creating. You may choose a scene from any Harry Potter book or movie. Your group may be any size, but must have at least three people (the more the better). All ages are welcome. What can you win? Special rosettes (very large ribbons) and other fun stuff.

Harry Potter Costume Contest & Parade

Dress like a character from the world of Harry Potter, either books or movies, and you might win a prize! Special divisions will be created for homemade costumes! Lots of prizes will be awarded in this event.

Hula Hoop Contest

Contestants must use Fair-supplied hula hoops to compete in one (or both) categories. In the Hula Hoop Marathon, the contest is to see who can keep their hoop spinning around their torso the longest without dropping the hoop. In the novelty category, contestants can perform with as many hula hoops as they choose-the more the better!

Jump Rope Contest Sponsored by Green Toys

Contestants must use Fair-supplied Green Toys jump ropes to compete in two categories. In the speed category, each contestant will try to get the most jumps in a ten second period. In the Jump Rope Marathon, the contest is to see who can jump the longest without a miss. Sign up at the Kids Area no later than 10 minutes before the contest.

LEGO Building Contest Sponsored by The ToyWorks

We provide the LEGOs, you create a masterpiece! Contestants may spend as much time as they want on their entry, but all work must be done during the contest time using only materials provided by the Fair (LEGOS!). After completion, entries will go on display until the judging begins. Judges decisions will be no later than one hour after the conclusion of the contest. If the winners are not present, their prizes will be mailed. This is an individual competition — each person may create one entry. Team entries are not acceptable, and no one may help with another entry. To take part in this contest, check in between 12 and 4 p.m. at the South Pasture (behind Saralee & Richard’s Barn).

Milk Moustache Contest

Contestants will have a choice of chocolate or white milk. Each contestant will be given a quarter-cup of whole milk. Contestants have two minutes to make a milk moustache. A mirror will be provided for contestants’ use. Contestants who spill undue amounts of milk on the stage may be disqualified. Sign up at the Kids Area no later than 10 minutes before the contest. *There is no lower age limit for this contest, but all contestants must go up on the stage by themselves (without help from their parents).

Superhero Impersonation (& Parade)

Come dressed in your Superhero outfit and show your super side to the world! We’re looking for superhero look-alikes of all ages – we even have a Super Baby Division. This isn’t just about dressing like a superhero or looking like a superhero – you need to convince the judges you have what it takes to be a superhero! Costumes of any sort are welcome; home-made, commercial, or a combination of the two. The judges are going to be impressed by costumes that show the most creativity. The only limitations are: 1) Costume should be lightweight and comfortable. This is August in Sonoma County—we might have a heat wave! 2) Keep it ‘G’ rated – this is a family event! Prizes will include some really cool super-stuff, so don’t miss out! Costume contestants will be judged prior to the start of the Fair Parade* (4:20 p.m.) at the Barnyard Stage. Awards will be given prior to the 5 p.m. parade start. All contestants are asked to join the parade around the fairgrounds. Sign up at the Barnyard Stage on Aug. 12, no later than 4:15 p.m.

Rock'em Sock'em Robots Tournament

Each player will take the part of Red Rocker or Blue Bomber as they play Rock’em Sock’em Robots, the classic game from 1966 in which the battling robots try to knock each other's blocks off. (Actually, it’s a pair of plastic robots manipulated by a hand-held controller.) The object of the game is to keep your robot in one piece while bringing down your opponent. In this tournament, contestants will have to do just that at over and over again. In the early rounds, contestants will be paired with players of similar ages. The winners in the first round of games will play again in the next round. This will continue until we have our winners. If you enter this contest, you can expect to face players of different ages as you advance in competition. Age and physical ability don’t have a lot to do with results in Rock’em Sock’em Robots play, so everyone has a chance to win! We provide everything you need, so come prepared to play. Sign up before the tournament begins.

Scarecrow Building Contest

Teams of contestants will be given a scarecrow frame and an assortment of scarecrow clothes and accessories. Using these (and as much straw as you need) you will construct a scarecrow. You must use materials provided by the Fair. Scarecrows must be completed within the 30 minute time period. Judging will be done by a panel of independent experts. Scarecrows will remain on display all day long. To enter, bring your team to Barnyard Stage and sign up by 12:20 p.m. There is a limit of eight teams each day.

Scarecrow UN-Building

Teams of contestants (we will find you a team if you come alone) will dismantle a scarecrow. Each team will 1) remove clothes and straw from a scarecrow, 2) shake and fold clothes, 3) pile up straw and return it to the bag. Prizes will be awarded to the quickest (and neatest) team. Sign up at the Barnyard Stage by 6:20 p.m.

SCREAM!

Screaming just seems to go with the Fair. People scream on the roller coaster, they scream at the racetrack, and kids are always screaming at their parents. In this contest, fairgoers of all ages will scream for prizes, with special prizes awarded to the loudest, most piercing screams. This contest will be judged by the audience. The decisions of the announcer are final. Sign up at the stage no later than 10 minutes before the contest.

Sidewalk Art

All contestants will be issued colored chalk and a section of pavement. You must use our chalk. Within the 20 minutes of the contest, each team creates a work of art with a ‘Heroes & Superheroes’ theme on the sidewalk. This is a team event, but if you do not have a team, we will assign you to one. No pre-registration is needed, just come to the Kids Area no later than 10 minutes before the contest.

Stroller Races

The Fair will provide strollers for all contestants. Stuffed Animals will be provided to ride in the strollers. Contestants must push the stroller around the course. Racers will compete in heats on an asphalt course. Sign up in the Kids Area before the contest.

Super Run, Jump & (Almost) Fly

Being a super hero takes strength and agility. As you make your way through the Superhero Training Course, you will demonstrate all of that and heroic deeds as well. To take part, come to the Community Theater lawn on August 12, between 2 and 4 p.m.

Superhero Trivia Quiz

Contestants will be asked to answer questions about superheroes, with the winner being named a ‘SuperGenius’. The Quiz will be like a spelling bee – contestants (kids and adults) must continue to answer questions correctly to stay in the competition. Answer enough questions and you will win fun ‘Superhero Stuff’! Sign up at the Family Fun Stage on August 12, no later than 2:30 p.m.

Taster's Challenge

Remember all those tv commercials that say ‘nine out of ten potato chip fans prefer’ (or something like that)? We’re going to put it to the test! Our panel of judges (chosen from the audience) will try all sorts of tasty snacks and decide which are the best. The audience gets to taste too!

Ugly Shoe Contest Sponsored by Santa Rosa Shoes

The contestant wearing the most beat-up, lived-in, ugliest pair of shoes will be the winner of a new pair of New Balance™ shoes. Judges will be looking for shoes that have come by their “battle scars” honestly--these shoes should be old friends that have been worn until they are ready to fall apart. Contestants must wear their shoes to the contest. Sign up at the Hall of Flowers by 6 p.m. on Friday, August 10. Winners will be able to go to Santa Rosa Shoes to pick out their new pair of New Balance™ shoes.

Whistling Contest

Fairgoers of all ages will be invited to show their skills in four types of whistling: loud whistles, soft whistles, birdcalls, and tunes. Categories of competition will be determined by the number of contestants. Tune whistlers may perform the tune of their choice. Whistlers in all categories (except loud whistles), can use a microphone. Sign up at the stage no later than 10 minutes before the contest.


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