Sprucing up

Hamilton County Fair workers have dressed up the Floral Building to encourage open class exhibit entries for the upcoming fair.

LuAnn Jackson, superintendent of hobby crafts and textiles at the fair, said those workers painted the names of the categories that make up the open class exhibits on the building. That includes various crafts, photos, works of art and more.

Over the last few years, Jackson said the number of open class entries has dwindled. She and other fair workers decided to add some art to the formerly all-white windows of the Floral Building to showcase those exhibits. All Hamilton County residents are able to enter open class categories. Jackson said those with related hobbies should bring their creations to the fair.

“A lot of people take pictures and I’m sure people sit and look at some of their pictures and say, ‘I did really good on that.’ Kids and teenagers that are learning how to cook can bake a cake, cookies or cupcakes,” Jackson said. “There’s categories that everybody fits into.”

The overall winner of each open class category will be recognized at the fair queen contest, according to Jackson. In addition to the chance of winning awards, Jackson said those who enter their materials at the fair can receive valuable feedback from judges. For instance, she said the textile and hobby crafts judge is very knowledgeable and will provide participants with written comments on how they could improve their craft.

“Everybody’s got talent. We hope that people bring that talent to the fair,” Jackson said.

A full list of open class categories and rules can be found in the online fairbook at hamiltoncountyfairia.com. Jackson said those with questions can contact the Fair Office by phone at 832-1443.

The Floral Building will also host crafts for kids and their families during the fair next week on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. and on Sunday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.