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Pre-Fair Contests

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Welcome! Fairtime is just around the corner, and that means it is time to start entering pre-fair contests. Prizes include Fair Passes, Carnival Tickets, and even cash. You will need to use your reading, writing and artistic skills to win. Some contests are just for kids, and others are open to all ages. Entry forms and details about these contests are available at the fairgrounds, all Sonoma County Libraries, and at www.SonomaCountyFair.com. Each entry must be the work of the contestant only -- no team entries. You may enter contests only once. The Sonoma County Fair will have rights to all original artwork; all entries will be displayed at the Fair. Entry Deadline: June 15

Contest FAQs!

  • Are these contests just for kids? Some are, but others are for all ages. Check the rules and get started!
  • Where do I find the entry form? If you download a contest from this web page, it will include one entry form. If you need more entry forms, feel free to make copies (on white paper)
    To get copies of the Fair FunBook, which includes all of the pre-fair contests, go to the fairgrounds or your local Childrens’ Library.
  • What’s the deadline? Entries for all contests must be returned to the fairgrounds by June 15.
  • Does everyone get a free Fair ticket? If you enter the Coloring Contest, you get a $2 discount on Fair admission. If you enter any of the other pre-fair contests, you get one ticket to the Fair. You also get a participant ribbon for each contest you enter. Tickets and ribbons will be mailed out after July 15th.
  • What if I win? Most contests offer Family Fair Passes (carnival tickets, fair admission and parking) as prizes. Sticker Contest winners get cash prizes.
  • Why do I have to give my address and phone number? We need your address so we can send your ribbons and free ticket (and your prize if you win!). Your phone number and email address allow us to get in touch with you if there is a problem with your entry.

Contest Rules

Unless the Contest Description says differently...

  • This must be your original work. Don’t let anyone help you!
  • No team entries.
  • Entries will be divided into age categories before judging. In other words, grown-ups won’t be competing against kids.
  • The Sonoma County Fair will have rights to all original artwork; all entries will be displayed at the Fair.
  • Winning designs will be featured on the Sonoma County Fair website and Facebook page.
  • Only one entry per person, per contest!
  • If it isn’t the Coloring, Sticker or Reading & Riding Contest, tape an entry form to the back of your entry.
  • Deliver or mail your entry by June 15 to: Sonoma County Fair: 1350 Bennett Valley Rd., Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Just for Kids

Reading & Riding

Sponsored by Helm & Sons Amusements

Who Can Enter? Kids in grades K to 6
Prizes: Earn Free Carnival Rides!
Helm & Sons offers 2 Free Carnival Rides to kids who read extra books between March 15 & June 15! Students in Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades can read picture books. 3rd-6th must read chapter books. These should be extra books, not books assigned in class. To enter, read, and fill out the entry form. The Fair will send you a ribbon and two free carnival ride passes in July.
>> Entry Form <<

Sticker Contest

Sponsored by Santa Rosa Label Co.

Who Can Enter? Sonoma County Kids grades K to 6
Prizes: $100—1st $50—2nd $25—3rd
On the entry form, design a 3” sticker that makes you think of the Fair and movies. Draw with markers or colored pencils, using no more than 3 colors (black counts as one of the colors, but white doesn’t). You can include “Sonoma County Fair” or the “Lights, Camera, Fair!”, but your entry shouldn’t look like the Fair logo or pictures from a real movie. Santa Rosa Label will produce the 1st-place stickers. Winners will receive the first 100 stickers produced from their art; the rest will be given out at the Fair. Use the official entry form!

Tips for Sticker Creation:
The circle isn’t very big and you want people to be able to get your message from a distance.

  • Keep it simple.
  • Keep your words short.
  • Don’t try to include too much.
  • Make sure any lettering is clear.

It is okay to discuss it with other people, but the idea should be all yours. No help -- you do the drawing, lettering and thinking on your own!
Make sure you count the colors in your sticker before you send in your entry and make sure there are no more than three colors (including black). You can’t win if you use too many colors!
>> Entry Form <<

For All Ages

Entries will be divided into age categories before judging. You may enter contests only once. These contests are open to all ages, but entries will be divided into age categories before judging.

Coloring Contest

Who Can Enter? Everyone - All Ages
Prizes: Winners get Four General Admission Passes ($44 value!); All Participants get a Ribbon & a $2 Fair Admission Discount
Use crayons, colored pencils or felt pens to color your own version of this year’s Fair logo. Use an official entry form or a copy of the form on white paper.
>> Entry Form <<

Draw A Story Board

Who Can Enter? Everyone - All Ages
Prizes: Family Fair Packages – admission, carnival & parking passes
Make up a story for a movie, and draw a story board. A storyboard is part of the planning process for making a movie; a picture of how your movie will unfold. Each square has pictures representing each shot, and notes about what’s going on in the scene. Think of it as sort of a comic book version of your script. Use crayons, paints, pencils or pens, but not computer graphics, tracing or photos. If you think you can’t draw, make stick-figures!
>> Entry Form <<

Design a Movie Poster

Who Can Enter? Everyone - All Ages
Prizes: Family Fair Packages – admission, carnival & parking passes
This is your chance to create a movie poster for your favorite movie! It can be a new movie, or an old movie, a b&w classic or an animated feature. Be original! Your entry must not look like a poster that has already been used to advertise the movie. You can use crayons, paints, pencils or pens, but not computer graphics, tracing or photos - use your homegrown artistic talents! In addition to Fair Fun Packs, Poster winners will also receive a 22”x30” print of their winning entry! Entries should be no larger than 8 ½” x 11”, on paper only (not mounted). Remember - you will need to tape an entry form to the back of your Movie Poster.
>> Entry Form <<

Write A Movie Review

Who Can Enter? Writers of All Ages
Prizes: Family Fair Packages – admission, carnival & parking passes!
People read movie reviews to help them decide if they should go see a movie. Write a review (an essay!) explaining why you liked or didn’t like a movie. Use major league verbs, adverbs, adjectives--you want your readers to believe you! Follow up your opinion with examples from the movie. Do research and use your imagination. For more information on how to write a movie review, check out this website:
Write A Movie Review
Remember - you will need to tape an entry form to the back of your Movie Poster.
>> Entry Form <<


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