Art and classroom teachers in Yavapai County are getting students' artwork ready to enter in the Yavapai Fair, again this year at Tim's Toyota Center, from Sept. 26-29. Youngsters - and adults - are finishing up projects, printing out photographs, and gathering handicrafts for display in numerous exhibits.
Department E, Education - School Exhibits, is open to any public, private, charter and home schools for students kindergarten through 12th grade. Entries include anything completed since the 2012 Fair, but which cannot be previously exhibited.
The entry form for schools must be received by Tuesday, Sept. 17. Because of lack of space, schools sending entry forms received after Sept. 17 will not be allowed to exhibit work. Schools who enter but don't show may not be allowed to exhibit the following year.
This is an unjudged exhibit; the main purpose is to display artwork.
But students are encouraged to enter their best pieces into another exhibit Dept. K, School Fine Arts, which is a judged competition.
Bradshaw Mountain High School art teacher Helen Dickerson said Bradshaw art students will have a display in Dept. E. Some students, however, will exhibit their sculpture works in the Ceramic category within Dept. K, which also includes Painting, Drawing, Crafts, Photography, Video and Other Media categories.
Teachers are responsible for hanging artwork and school information, and also for removing their exhibits at the end of the Fair.
At Arizona Agribusiness and Equine Center High School, science teacher Candace Zeier said she assigned students to create display posters in the livestock educational display category, Dept. LE.
Students devote one day of class time per week to research and plan how to put the poster board display together, Zeier said, adding that AAEC students won several awards at last year's Fair. They also will be entering fine arts, dairy goats, and livestock costume parade on Sunday at 11 a.m. Zeier's plant science class will put some of its harvest into the garden vegetables category.
Youth in 4-H groups have their own Dept. I, divided into three age divisions. Entry forms must be received by Sept. 17, but the entries themselves are accepted Sept. 25. Categories include Civic Education; Clothing and Textiles; Communication and Expressive Arts; Environmental Education; Healthy Lifestyles; Plants and Animals; and Science, Engineering and Technology.
Several 4-H competitions take place Friday during the Fair. Public Speaking and Cowboy Poetry has a time yet to be determined. A Table Setting contest takes place at 9 a.m., with an Outdoor Cook-Off at 1 p.m. At 4 p.m., a Lego Robotics Contest takes place with Lego kits provided for contestants. A Fashion Revue takes place at 6 p.m.
Entry forms and more information can be found at www.YavapaiFair.com.