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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 and all Sonoma County Libraries. 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 29

2018 Pre-Fair Contests Fun Book

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 29.
  • 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 29 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 27 & June 29! 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 August. 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 ‘Salute to Heroes’. The Fair will be celebrating the people who did so much to help out during the fires. On the entry form, design a three-inch sticker that shows a Sonoma County hero. 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

Entries will be divided into age categories before judging. You may enter contests only once. These contests are open to all ages, and entries will be divided by age before judging. 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

MY HERO

Who Can Enter? A Contest for Writers of All Ages
Prizes: Family Fair Packages – admission, carnival & parking passes!
There were are all kinds of heroes who helped during the fires; firefighters and police officers, volunteers who helped evacuees, neighbors who took care of each other, and so many more. Think about all of those people, and write an essay about one or more of them. It might be a personal story, about how someone made a difference for you. It might be a story about something you saw, heard or read about. Use major league verbs, adverbs and adjectives--you want your readers to understand why the people you are writing about are heroes. Follow up your opinion with examples from your experiences or research. 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

‘HEROES’ POSTER CONTEST

Who Can Enter? Everyone - All Ages
Prizes: Family Fair Packages – admission, carnival & parking passes!
Create a poster that celebrates one or more of our Sonoma County heroes. You have lots to choose from – remember that not all heroes wear uniforms! You can choose to include anyone who matches the dictionary definition of a hero: a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. Be original! Your entry must not look like a poster that has already been produced commercially, or that you saw online or anywhere else. This must be your original idea and work. You can use crayons, paints, pencils or pens, but not stickers, computer graphics, tracing or photos - use your homegrown artistic talents! 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

SUPERHERO COMIC CONTEST

Who Can Enter? Everyone - All Ages
Prizes: Family Fair Packages – admission, carnival & parking passes!
For this contest, you create a 5-panel original superhero comic. Use pens, crayons or colored pencils and draw on the official entry form. Comics tell stories through a series of pictures. You can include backgrounds, characters and word bubbles. Your drawings can be simple or elaborate -- it’s all up to you! All of the characters should be your creations; no Superman, Black Panther, etc. 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. Entries will be divided into age categories before judging. You will need to fill out the official entry form for this contest.
Entry Form

CREATE YOUR OWN SUPER-EMBLEM

Who Can Enter? Everyone - All Ages
Prizes: Family Fair Packages – admission, carnival & parking passes! The big winners will get special t-shirt with their artwork printed on the front!
Every superhero needs a logo to tell the world just how super he or she is. Superman has a big S, and Batman has a bat. This is your chance to create a super-emblem of your own. Use pens, crayons or colored pencils and draw on the official entry form. Make it any shape you want, but it must fit inside the square. If you create your emblem on a computer, cut it out and glue it inside the square. 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. Entries will be divided into age categories as well as computer-generated and hand-drawn categories before judging. Winners will be notified and participant ribbons will be mailed to all contestants before the Fair starts. You will need to fill out the official entry form for this contest.
Entry Form


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1350 Bennett Valley Road - Santa Rosa, CA 95404

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