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Pre-Fair Contests

Sonoma County Fair

Read, Write, Create & Win!

Welcome! The Fair is just around the corner, and that means it is time to start entering pre-fair contests. Prizes include Fair Passes, Carnival Tickets, and even cash. You will need to use your reading, writing and artistic skills to win. Some contests are just for kids, and others are open to all ages. Entry forms and details about these contests are available at the fairgrounds, all Sonoma County Libraries, and at www.SonomaCountyFair.com. Each entry must be the work of the contestant only -- no team entries. You may enter contests only once. The Sonoma County Fair will have rights to all original artwork; all entries will be displayed at the Fair. Entry Deadline: June 28
Sonoma County - Office of Education

Contest FAQs!

  • Are these contests just for kids? No! Some are (Sticker & Reading), but the others are for adults too.
  • Where do I find the entry form? If you download a contest from this web page, it will include one entry form. If you need more entry forms, feel free to make copies (on white paper)
    Most Entry Forms are included in the Pre-Fair Contest Booklet that will be distributed to most elementary schools in Sonoma County. To get more copies of the booklet, go to the fairgrounds or the public library.
  • What’s the deadline? Entries must be returned to the fairgrounds or drop in the mail by midnight on June 28.
  • Does everyone get a free Fair ticket? If you enter the Coloring Contest, you get a $5 discount on Fair admission. If you enter one or more of the other pre-fair contests, you get one ticket to the Fair. You get a participant ribbon for each contest entered. Tickets & ribbons will be mailed out before the Fair starts.
  • What can I win? Many contests offer Family Fair Passes (carnival tickets, fair admission and parking) as prizes. Sticker winners get cash prizes. Participants in ‘Reading & Riding’ get free carnival ride tickets.
  • Why do I have to give my address and phone number? Your address so we can send your ribbons and free ticket (and your prize if you win!). Your phone number and email address allow us to get in touch if there is a problem with your entry. Your contact information will removed from your entry before it goes on display at the Fair. All entries will be displayed at the Fair.

Contest Rules

Unless the Contest Description says differently...

  • This must be your original work. Don’t let anyone help you!
  • No team entries.
  • Entries will be divided into age categories before judging. In other words, grown-ups won’t be competing against kids.
  • The Sonoma County Fair will have rights to all original artwork; all entries will be displayed at the Fair.
  • Only one entry per person, per contest!
  • If it isn’t the Coloring, Sticker or Reading & Riding Contest, tape an entry form to the back of your entry.
  • Deliver or mail your entry by June 28 to: Sonoma County Fair: 1350 Bennett Valley Rd., Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Just for Kids

Reading & Riding

Sponsored by Butler Amusements

Who Can Enter? Sonoma County Kids grades K to 6
Prizes: Earn Free Carnival Rides!
Butler Amusements offers 2 Free Carnival Rides to kids who read extra books between April 20 & June 28! Students in Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades can read picture books. 3rd-6th must read chapter books. These should be extra books, not books assigned in class. To enter, read, and fill out the entry form. The Fair will send you a ribbon and two free carnival ride passes in late July. Must use the official entry form!
Entry Form

Sticker Contest

Sponsored by Santa Rosa Label Co.

Who Can Enter? Sonoma County Kids grades K to 6
Prizes: $100—1st $50—2nd $25—3rd (in two age groups)
This year’s Sonoma County Fair theme is ‘Back To Our Roots In Cowboy Boots,’ a western theme celebrating Sonoma County’s past. On the entry form, design a three-inch sticker that shows a part of the theme. Draw with markers or colored pencils, using no more than 3 colors (black counts as one of the colors, but white doesn’t). You can include “Sonoma County Fair,” but your entry shouldn’t look like the Fair logo. Santa Rosa Label will produce the 1st-place stickers. Winners will receive 100 stickers produced from their art; the rest will be given out at the Fair. Use the official entry form!

Tips for Sticker Creation:
The circle isn’t very big and you want people to be able to get your message from a distance.

  • Keep it simple.
  • Keep your words short.
  • Don’t try to include too much.
  • Make sure any lettering is clear.

It is okay to discuss it with other people, but the idea should be all yours. No help -- you do the drawing, lettering and thinking on your own! Make sure you count the colors in your sticker before you send in your entry and make sure there are no more than three colors (including black). You can’t win if you use too many colors!
Entry Form

For All Ages

These contests are open to all ages, and entries will be divided by age before judging. You may enter contests only once. Winners will receive Family Fair Packages (Fair tickets, carnival tickets and parking passes) or Fair tickets.

Coloring Contest

Who Can Enter? Everyone - All Ages
Prizes: Winners get Fair Tickets!; All Participants get a Ribbon & a $5 Fair Admission Discount
Use crayons, colored pencils or felt pens to color your own version of this year’s Fair logo. Use an official entry form or a copy of the form on white paper. Use the official Coloring Contest entry form!
Entry Form


Who Can Enter? A Contest for Writers of All Ages
Prizes: Family Fair Packages – admission, carnival & parking passes!
Imagine you have a pair of magic boots. When you put them on, you can travel back in time. Write a story about what you see and experience on your trip back in time to the early days of Sonoma County. What was your town like? If you choose, you can tell your story with pictures (like a comic strip!) instead of words. But if you write, use major league verbs, adverbs and adjectives--you want your readers to understand what you’re writing about. If possible, do some research and include facts in your story. All entries must be printed or written on one or two pages of 8 ½” x 11” paper. Leave the back of each page blank (except for your name). If you have more than one page, staple them together. This contest is open to all ages. Remember - you will need to tape a Contest Entry Form to your entry.
Entry Form


Who Can Enter? Everyone - All Ages
Prizes: Family Fair Packages – admission, carnival & parking passes!
In the old west, Wanted Posters with drawings took the place of photographs, identifying criminals for law enforcement officers. For your entry in this contest, you can make a wanted poster for an imaginary bad guy or just about anyone. It might be a man, woman, child or even an animal! Use your imagination, then draw the picture and fill out the description. If you think you ‘can’t draw’, don’t worry about it...you can always draw stick figures It’s all how it comes together that counts! Old west wanted posters were always in black & white (they didn’t have color copy machines!), so limit your entry to black & white. You can use a pen, pencil or crayon--just make sure it is easy to read. Your artwork must be original! No tracing, clip-art or anything “borrowed” from another source. No group entries -- each contestant must do their own work. Your entry should be no larger than 8 ½” x 11”, on paper only (not mounted). This contest is open to all ages. Remember - you will need to tape a Contest Entry Form* to your entry.
Entry Form

My Best Boot

Who Can Enter? Everyone - All Ages
Prizes: Family Fair Packages – admission, carnival & parking passes!
In the Old West, cowboy boots were usually beat up and not very pretty. Boots were worn all the time, for work and for play. But these days, some cowboy boots are really fancy. Using the entry form, create the cowboy boot of your dreams! You can use felt pens, pencils, paints, glitter or whatever you want to decorate the boot. This contest is open to all ages. You will need to fill out the official entry form for this contest.
Entry Form

Sonoma County Event Center at the Fairgrounds
1350 Bennett Valley Road - Santa Rosa, CA 95404

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