Creative Kids Exhibit at Washington State Spring Fair invites kids 6-15 years to compete

Online entries accepted until April 4th – Winning entries displayed April 14-17 in Puyallup

Puyallup, WA – Feb. 11, 2016 – Most every child you know loves to show off their creative side, and the Creative Kids Exhibit at the 27th annual Washington State Spring Fair is a perfect showcase for their work. Kids, ages 6-15 years can enter their work in one of two age divisions. Entries must be made online between Wed., Feb. 10 and Mon., April 4 at 10 p.m. The Spring Fair runs April 14-17, 2016.

Pre-registered entries and summary sheets should be delivered to the north end of the Pavilion, first floor at the Washington State Fair Events Center on April 7 and 8, between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Entries can be delivered by the entrant, their teacher, parent or other representative. No mailed entries will be accepted. Register at http://www.thefair.com/participate/exhibit-entries/.

Each child who submits an entry or entries in this popular annual event will receive a free gate admission ticket to the Spring Fair at the time of entry submission.

The exhibit will be displayed in the Pavilion, a building that focuses on kids, called KidZone.  Master Gardener’s Kids Activity, and FFA are also located in KidZone. The Puyallup School District’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) competition will be held on the second floor of the Pavilion.

Creative Kids Exhibit entries include seven categories: art, baking & confections, creative writing, paper crafts & scrapbooking, photography, textiles, and an egg drop contest. Last year 1,592 entries were submitted.

The two age divisions are designed so that children can best exhibit their creativity and skill. They are 6 to 10 years, and 11 to 15 years. The two age divisions apply to all divisions in the Creative Kids Exhibit. Three types can enter:  Individuals, School Classes, and Quick Groups (i.e. 4-H, home school). Only one entry per class (e.g., one mixed media and one sculpture) will be accepted.

The “Creative Kids Showcase” presentation will be held in the Pavilion on Sunday, April 17 at noon. Students who enter their creative writing on April 7 or 8 can sign up to read their written work to the audience at the Showcase on Sunday.

In the Baking Department, awards for first and second place honors in each age division will be presented by the Washington Association of Wheat Growers for the most outstanding yeast bread using wheat. First, second and third place honors in each division will be presented by Seattle Fudge in the Parent-Child Candy Contest.

The Egg Drop Contest displays the containers in KidZone throughout the Spring Fair. Each must be a “one egg container” that will allow a raw chicken egg to survive, whole and unscrambled, when dropped from a height of 12 and 16 feet -- or higher. Students must arrive by 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 17 to put the egg into their containers for the 3 p.m. event. Individual entries only in this category. Prizes for the three highest eggs dropped in each division will be awarded, which include Washington State Fair gate tickets and rides this September 2-25, 2016.

Local experts experienced in each of the seven specific fields will judge those categories. Ribbons and rosettes will be awarded. All first place entries will be displayed, with an effort made to display all other entries during the Spring Fair.

To obtain a Creative Kids Exhibit premium list outlining the specific rules, entrants may download the entry information online. Visit www.thefair.com/participate/exhibit-entries/, then download the Creative Kids 2016 Premium List.

Kids, ages 0-18 years can enjoy Kids FREE gate admission from 2 pm – 10 pm on Thursday, April 14 only. Non-perishable donations are recommended for the Puyallup Food Bank’s food drive throughout the day on Thursday. Military Appreciation Day, presented by KVI 570 AM and KOMO News Radio 1000 AM / 97.7 FM will be on Friday, with free gate admission to active, reserve, retired military and their dependents with valid military ID.

Discount gate tickets are available March 21 at participating Fred Meyer stores, Safeway stores, and South Hill Mall for $7.50 (adults), and $6.50 (students 6-18 years).

Adult gate tickets are $10 at the gate, and Students (6-18 years) are $8 at the gate. Children five years and under are free. Parking is free.  Reserved premium parking is available for $10 in advance or $15 online during the Fair at www.thefair.com.  Hours are Thursday (4/14) from 2 – 10 pm; Friday and Saturday (4/15-4/16) 10 am – 10 pm; and Sunday (4/17) from 10 am – 8 pm.

The 2016 Washington State Spring Fair first started in 1990. Today it draws nearly 150,000 guests during its four-day run. Animals, the NW Jr. Livestock Show, free entertainment, kids’ activities, Motorsport Mayhem and much more attract large crowds to this celebration of spring each April. For more info about the Spring Fair, April 14-17, 2016, or the Sept. 2-25, 2016 Washington State Fair (closed Tuesdays), visit www.thefair.com.

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