Deadline to enter items in the Wharton County Youth Fair’s Creative Arts Department is fast approaching.

For the first time this year, exhibitors can register from the comfort of their own computer. While they can still fill out the form by hand and submit to the fair office, committee chair Grace Glaze and Tricia Potts, assistant fair coordinator, are encouraging exhibitors to register online for several reasons.

First, it’s an easy process that can be done at home. Secondly, exhibitor’s information is downloaded directly to the WCYF’s iCloud site, which will eliminate the task of volunteers having to manually type in information, making the process less time consuming and accurate.

Registration Process

Once information is filled out online, the participant will receive a confirmation number and will need to print the form, which must be signed by a parent, their 4-H leader of their FCCLA or FFA advisor along with their signature. Once that is done, exhibitors must turn in this form, along with their online registration receipt and entry fees to the fair office by Friday, Feb. 1.

In addition to this, exhibitors also have to provide a signed release of liability form and those who are first-time exhibitors must submit a W9 form.

To register online, go to https://whartonca.fairwire.com/

Or if wishing to print the forms and fill out by hand, go to: https://www.whartoncountyyouthfair.org/p/exhibitors and click on 2019 Creative Arts Rulebook.

Important Dates

The Wharton County Youth Fair & Expo will run from Thursday, April 25 through Saturday, May 4.

Viewing of Creative Arts entries will begin Sunday afternoon, April 28 and continue through May 2.

Check-in of articles is April 25 from 3 - 6 p.m. All articles must be picked up at the close of the fair, between 2 - 4 p.m., Friday, May 3.

The Creative Arts division of the fair includes such entries as baked and canned products, clothing, crafts, horticulture, photography and youth art. The department also hosts the “Go-Texan” quilt contest.

Age Divisions

Outlined are divisions by age. Please note in each division, the exhibitor must have been that age as of Aug. 31, 2018.

• Jr. 4-H, FCCLA, FFA

8 years old and in the third grade and 9-10 years old

• Jr. Open Youth (those not affiliated with 4-H, FCCLA of FFA)

5- 10 years old

• Intermediate 4-H, FCCLA, FFA

11-13 years old

• Intermediate Open Youth

11-13 years old

• Senior 4-H, FCCLA, FFA

14-18 years old

• Senior Open Youth

14-18 years old

Number of Items Exhibited

Junior and intermediate exhibitors may enter no more than 50 articles while senior and adult exhibitors may enter no more than 60 articles.

Youth exhibitors may not enter more than 12 articles in the art section.

Entry Fees

Entry fees vary on the number of projects submitted. Kindergarten age students and younger may enter 1-9 items free of charge. One to nine items is $5, 10-30 items costs $10 and those submitting 31-60 items must pay a $15 fee.

Volunteering Is Mandatory

In addition to checking in items, each exhibitor will be required to monitor the Creative Arts Department during the week of the fair for at least two hours. They are asked to call the fair office, 979-677-3350, to schedule a time or they can sign up at check-in.

Who’s In Charge

Committee members of the Creative Arts Department, in addition to Glaze, include Mary Jane Dornak, Barbara Ann Socha, Marilyn Sebesta, Laura Reyna, Lori Schindler and Melinda Gary.

The department also has many volunteers who assist during the check-in process.

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