Yavapai County Fair entry deadlines quickly approaching

While the 2008 Yavapai County Fair does not begin until Sept. 18, residents need to get contest entries ready, according to the fair premium book the district released this past week.Jim Grundy, fair manager, said because of the state cutting $80,000 out of the fair's budget, department superintendents had to lower many premiums this year.Vanessa Martin, School Fine Arts superintendent, said any children making a video that is three minutes or shorter as part of a school project can enter it in her department. Entries are due Sept. 2.The other big change in School Fine Arts, she said, is the dividing of the K-5 grade category into a K-2 grade and 3-5 grades. "This lets the little kids compete amongst themselves," she said.Rose Bentley, the Very Special Art Display superintendent, urges other agencies dealing with developmentally disabled county residents to enter their people's works. No entry form required. Agencies should take their art to Creative Networks at 172 Merritt St., Suite A in Prescott by Sept. 8.Jean Gibbons, Rabbits and Cavies superintendent, said Randy Shumaker will judge the rabbits. "People are welcome to come out to the Coors Event Building and watch the judging, which will be going on all day," Gibbons said.She expects about 45-50 exhibitors to show about 300 rabbits and 15 cavies. Entry forms are due Sept. 8.Elizabeth Lind said 4-H Projects and Education-School Exhibits entry forms are due by Sept. 9.On Sept. 12, entry forms are due for the Jr. Large Livestock; Sheep, Market Goat, Llama, Alpaca; Beef Cattle; Poultry & Pigeons; and Jr. Home Economics.Barbara Killian, Jr. Large Livestock superintendent, said in the past people came from across the state to compete. However, because of a conflict with another show, this year she expects the entrants to be mainly from Yavapai County.With no open dairy goat division this year, Killian urges children from Yavapai County to bring any kind of goat and they will find a class to show it in. Entry fees are $7 per animal per class. This year, she said, it will be a jackpot show with the entry fees divided out between the winners.Malia Miller, Sheep, Market Goat, Llama and Alpacas superintendent, said this year they added llamas and alpacas at the request of prior year spectators. The llamas and alpacas show will come after the sheep show, which starts at 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19.Since it is a jackpot show, $5 of the $7 entry fee will go for the class winner's prize. Another change in the livestock divisions this year, Miller said, is the cancellation of the livestock auction. "We just couldn't get an adequate number of buyers," she said.With the livestock auction cancelled, Robin Gossman, Poultry and Pigeons superintendent, said, "This is the year of the chickens." That goes along with the fair's theme, "It's Something to Crow About!"Gossman said to save money this year, the fair committee decided against a sanctioned poultry show. Everything else is basically the same for the poultry and pigeon show.Sandra deVos, Jr. Home Economics and Practical Projects superintendent, said the premiums and categories in her department are the same."Usually, we have about 1,000 things to judge," she said, "and I expect we will get about that many entries this year."Beth Tritz, Beef Cattle superintendent, said she expects a smaller show this year since it is not a sanctioned show. Tritz is trying to increase the jackpot prize money, and has some fancy trophy buckles coming for the champions choice winners. This year the youth can get their picture taken with their animals by Liz Alexander, Beef Cattle assistant superintendent.The deadline for entries in the Fine Arts; Photography; Creative Arts/Collections, and Homemaking Arts departments is Sept. 14 and 15.Dorothy Schmidt, Fine Arts superintendent, said they are giving ribbons instead of cash prizes."I have been seeking donations for art supplies unsuccessfully. Everything is really tight this year," she said.Schmidt has lined up Don Rantz, a Prescott artist, as one judge, but is still looking for a second one.George Lewis, Photography superintendent, raised the entry fee to $2, from $1, and limited the number of prints an individual can enter to 10. "The quality of the show improves each year," he said.Carolee Gray, Creative Arts & Collections superintendent, said she made no changes in her department this year.Jennifer Bossom, Homemaking Arts superintendent, said Kathy Beeson and Jennifer Eakman, who help hang the quilts each year, made a quilt they plan to raffle off to raise money for the department.She urges people to enter the fair's "Any Pie is a YavaPIE" contest. Entrants must bring their pie to the Danny Freeman Room on level one of the fairgrounds building.The judging begins at 2 p.m. with the auction to follow. Baker of the best pie will receive $50; $25 for the second place pie; and $15 for the third.The entry deadline for Minerals & Gems and Tiny Tots is Sept. 16.Walt Frickle, Minerals & Gems superintendent, said he is always looking for individuals wanting to enter their collections in the fair.On Sept. 17, entries for the Floriculture, Agriculture/Horticulture, Livestock-Educational Display, Community & Non-profit, Commercial Exhibits, and Dairy Cattle departments are due.Karen Clymer, Livestock-Educational Display superintendent, said she added the teams category consisting of two youths and two adults, an adult and a youth, or a group with no limit of individuals in it.She said she will take exhibits at the Coors Event Center on Sept. 17 between 5 and 8 p.m. and on Sept. 18 between 8 and 11 a.m.Entries for the Jr. Small Livestock Department will be accepted on Sept. 18 between 2 and 2:30 p.m. Anyone wishing to participate in the fair's horseshoe tournament on Sept. 17 should show up at the site just north of the grandstand by 9:15 a.m.Bob Tobin, tournament superintendent, said he hopes to get the registration finished by 9:30 a.m. so the tournament can start at 10 a.m. "Anyone can come in and play," he said.The entry fee is $10 per person whether they are competing in the individual or team competition.Tobin said he can use volunteers to help get the horseshoe pits ready for the tournament. Anyone interested should be at the horseshoe pits by 8 a.m. Sept. 17.Grundy said the fair premium books are available at the fairgrounds, Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center and other sites in the county. Call 775-8000 for other locations.Contact the reporter at jeherrmann@prescottaz.com