Friday, August 28, 2009
Almost daily there are opportunities to get into the State fair. How? Enter one of their contest. They have 2 to 3 each day. One word of warning is that you want to be there at least 1/2 hour before the contest starts. They actually have someone stand at the end of line to not let people enter half hour before the contest begins. Because of parking and everything, plan to be there even earlier. The gate you want to enter is the Red gate off of 17th street. Just show them the item you are entering and they will let you right on in, then take an immediate right into the Americraft Cookware Center (also called Jackman-Long Building).
Here is the link to what there is to enter. Click (here) and (here) They were not very good at posting the details online for each of the competitions. Most are open to all age groups, but some are only open to over 18, such as the Sugar cookie decorating. Or under 18, such as the pack a lunch contest.
Many contest have either gift cards or cash. (I mean $100 for first place, now that is some prize) For example, we went today and entered the Bob's Red Mill contest. Over 100 entries, and 20 prizes awarded. No I didn't win, but we got in free. Of course if my hubby had been able to take off work like planned the out come may have been different, since he is a seasoned baker and I am not. He has been working until 10:30 at night the last two nights and having to be at work at 7 am, so it is up in the air if he will work Saturday too. If not, perhaps we will head back to the fair for free again, we only saw a small fraction of all there is to see. There are lots of free things to do.