Participants can earn cash, but best of all are the bragging rights that come with pretty red, white and blue ribbons. And children 12 and under can earn a wristband for free admission to the fair – all week – if they enter something in any of the applicable Open Class departments.
Premiums, or cash awards, are modest – typically $3-$5 – and entries have to be brought to the fairgrounds at specific times, but most fairgoers don’t seem to mind.
Newbies should start with the “premium book,” a 32-page bible listing all the possible categories for entries, along with submission rules and contact information for individual department superintendents, if you need more information. Copies are available online or at Redmond Chamber of Commerce, Les Schwab Tires or the fair office.
Outside the obvious animal categories, entrants can choose from any number of possible items to enter, including but not limited to: fresh grown/raised products such as fruit, vegetables, flowers or eggs; beer, wine or cheese making; baked goods and preserved food; table decorating, needlecrafts; fine arts including painting and photography; painted china and leather work.
All of the above have sections for teens and seniors and many have categories for children. Kids Corner is a division especially for artists ages 0-12.
Some departments have special awards, such as the Marvin Young Memorial Award for tallest sunflower or a People’s Choice Award in Clothing and Textiles. Most departments have a Best of Theme Award (this year it’s “Country Nights & Carnival Lights”) and Land Products has a special award for vegetable monstrosities.
Preregistration is recommended to save time on drop-off day, forms are available online and at the office, 3800 S.W. Airport Way.
Online/mail entries July 24
Walk-in entries accepted until department drop-off day
Entry drop-off daysJuly 30: Kids Corner (10 a.m.-3 p.m.); Food Preservation, Clothing & Fiber Arts, Handcrafts, Ceramics, Fine Arts, Photography (1-6 p.m.)
Aug. 1: Baked Goods (1-6 p.m.)
Aug. 2: Floral and Land Products (12-6 p.m.)