Fair U entry education class rescheduled

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Entering something in the fair is the backbone of the fair tradition. Whether it’s an animal, homemade jelly, a potato you grew or a photograph you’ve taken, the fair is the place to show what you’ve made, raised or grown. The Plumas-Sierra County Fair invites you to make an entry in the 2011 event, Aug. 10 – 14.

Some people have entered their work for many years. Some families have entered for generations. However, the vast majority of residents of

Fair U schedule
(subject to change)
9 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
10 – 10:45 a.m.
Slot 1
11 – 11:45 a.m.
Slot 2
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Lunch break
12:45 – 1:30 p.m.
Slot 3
1:45 – 2:30 p.m.
Slot 4
Classes to be offered in each time slot:

Growing Plants in Plumas County — Fred Surber

This short, information packed class will include instruction on starting plants, how to care for them and what grows best in the area. Surber will cover the many categories and divisions the fair offers. Be ready to ask any question about gardens and be prepared to find out what judges look for in a winning entry.

Scarecrow Making — Cindy Noble and Kristi Jamason

Are you pondering a vacation to the Land of Oz? Planning your pumpkin patch for summer? Then you had better know how to conjure a scarecrow! Join a couple of blue-ribbon winners who are going to tell all (the tricks that is), so you can bring on the competition!

The Art of Crochet — Sharon Anderson

This is an introduction to the art of crochet. There will be a short lesson on the first steps to learning to crochet. Anderson will provide materials and a handout with instructions to those who pre-register to get started. She will show examples of things you can enter in the fair.

Keeping Clean with Homemade Soap — Tim Gibson

Come see a demonstration of the basic procedure for chemically reacting lye with oil to create soap. Proper safety techniques and the use of safety gear will be covered. Gibson can answer questions about variations of soap, fragrances and coloring. Participants will take home a small sample of homemade soap.

Food Preserving — Dick Hall, Master Food Preserver

Hall will offer two different classes. The first will deal with food safety and basic equipment. The second will talk about planning what to plant in your garden, the canning procedure and recipes. Both sessions will offer examples of what judges look for. Hall plans to touch on pressure cooking as well.

Flower Arranging — Carolyn Rouse

Longtime Home Arts supervisor Carolyn Rouse will offer a hands-on class in fresh flower arranging including descriptions of the various divisions at the fair, supplies and methods. Look for tips as to what judges are looking for.

Plumas and Sierra counties have not experienced the fun and excitement of competition at their county fair. To help get more people involved, the Plumas-Sierra County Fair, with a generous donation from a concerned supporter, have developed Fair U, short for Fair University.

This one-day event will feature several classes led by experts on how to create and enter things into the fair. Students will find instruction in everything from flower arranging to scarecrow making. There will be classes in preserving foods, soap making and crocheting.

Volunteer teachers include local experts, like Fred Surber, longtime horticulture supervisor and the man behind all the flowers at the fairgrounds, and Carolyn Rouse, frequent home arts supervisor. Fair U will bring Master Food Preserver Dick Hall from the UC Extension system to talk about making and entering jellies and relishes.

Attendees will get tips on how to present their entries and what judges look for. It won’t be necessary to bring anything; most classes will provide necessary supplies.

Originally scheduled for last month and cancelled because of bad weather, Fair U will take place at the fairgrounds in Serpilio Hall 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 26, and is absolutely free. Attendees will be able to attend as many classes as they want and many will be repeated to help eliminate conflicts. Those who want to attend are urged to pre-register. Anyone who pre-registers will receive a free Fair U T-shirt (while they last) at check-in. For more information, call 283-6272 or visit

“It’s our goal to encourage more people to enter things into the fair by taking some of the mystery out of the process and inspiring new ideas,” said fair manager John Steffanic. “We think it will be a fun day to bring several family members, get a free T-shirt and start thinking about what they might want to enter this year.”

The theme of this year’s fair is “Pride in the Past, Faith in the Future.” 2011 represents the 200th year of the modern fair. The Plumas-Sierra County Fair will feature a display celebrating the history of modern fairs, as well as documenting the local event’s past. Exhibit entries are a tangible measure of the health of a county fair. Organizers hope the success of this event will speak to the level of support the community feels towards its fair.



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