While September is still a few months off, our family has already begun to prepare for the L.A. County Fair. Registration is complete, events have been outlined, and now for the real work… competitions!
Every year, our family participates in several competitions for the fair. Most of our entries come alongside the America’s Kids exhibit, which features a new theme each year. This year’s theme? A Library of Fun!
The kids and I have perused the (very) long list of entry options and narrowed down our choices. Our problem is not in finding a competition, but in not overdoing it and choosing too many!
After paring things down, our entry list includes nine different competitions. Some of these will be easy to complete (the coloring competition), while others will require more work and patience (namely the shoe decorating and the legendary sword).
We have only two more weeks of “school” left and then summer begins. Part of our summer fun will be in getting busy with our projects. One project per week is the goal!
Working on these projects over the summer is excellent. I don’t have to be concerned about balancing these with tons of other responsibilities, it keeps us active during the warmer months, and it helps us include art into our learning (which I don’t always make time for).
Another reason I enjoy working on these over the summer? The competition entry forms aren’t due until the end of June. So, I have plenty of time to realistically evaluate how much we will actually get done, before committing myself to the task. If we do all nine; great! If not, no sweat!
All nine competition forms are currently printed and attached to my clipboard, with a handy checklist on top. At the bottom of the stack are two of our favorite fair freebies. The Read-to-Ride list, where our children read six books and write corresponding book reports to earn free rides at the fair, and our free milk pass! A day at the fair would not be complete without those two.
Now that we have narrowed down our choices (ha, ha) and gotten ourselves organized, it is time to check our list of supplies. Once all the materials needed are gathered (most we already own; thank goodness!), we will be ready to tackle some major fun.
After a cursory glance, our favorite competition so far is the “Magic Shoe”. We are free to find any pair of shoes we like and decorate them anyway we choose. Then, we need to create a short description of who the shoe belongs to and what it does. Doesn’t that sound like fun?
Now… which storybook character should we make shoes for? Hmmm…..
Do you compete in your county fair? Which competitions do you like?
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