Fairs: Tips for Entering Your Sewing Projects

Every year I enjoy looking at the many different kinds of entries that are on display at The Puyallup Fair. It's wonderful that we have such an amazing artistic heritage here in the Pacific Northwest. Have you ever considered entering your handiwork in the Fair? It's fun and easy and you can even win cash prizes! Not to mention the feeling of pride and accomplishment when you see your entry (and show your family and friends) on display for the public.

Why enter? There are many good reasons but here are two: First of all, it's a great way to showcase your work for all to see your hard work and talent. Secondly, it's a wonderful opportunity to have your work critiqued by a judge. Fair judges work hard not only to determine ribbon placings, but also to give helpful feedback on areas of improvement and suggestions for fixing tricky problem areas.

Tips for entering your work in The Puyallup Fair (or any fair):

  1. Read the premium book. (They are available online; click here to view) This is where the rules are listed; read carefully. Make note of entry dates, times and also pickup times/dates.
  2. Check your work over carefully, as if you are the judge. Is it clean? Are there areas needing repairs? Look for unclipped threads, soiled areas and possible wear stress. Obviously soiled items or items in poor condition will generally be disqualified.
  3. Presentation is important. Make sure everything is properly pressed, blocked or polished - whatever prep work is appropriate to make your work look its best. The premium book may have special instructions for preparing your item for display. Make sure to follow the guidelines listed.
  4. Bring your items in on time and pick them up promptly on the designated dates/time.

Here are links to the Open Class premium books for some of our upcoming western Washington fairs:

Pierce County Fair, Graham, WA

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Skagit County Fair, Mount Vernon, WA

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Southwest Washington Fair (Lewis County), Chehalis, WA

Kitsap County Fair, Bremerton, WA

Evergreen State Fair (Snohomish County), Monroe, WA

The Puyallup Fair, Puyallup, WA

I look forward to seeing your items on display!


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