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Pre-Fair Contests

Sonoma County Fair

Read, Write, Create & Win!

PRE FAIR CONTESTS Entry Deadline: July 8

Welcome! There’s plenty of time to go before until fairtime, but now is the time to start entering pre-fair contests. Prizes include Fair Passes, Carnival Tickets, and even baskets full of goodies! You will need to use your reading, writing and artistic skills to win. The Reading & Riding contest is just for kids, but the others are open to all ages. Entry forms and details about these contests are available below. Each entry must be the work of the contestant only -- no team entries, but you can discuss the possibilities with your friends and family. Only one entry per contestant will be judged. The Sonoma County Fair will have rights to all original artwork; all entries will be displayed at the Fair.

If you want to enter all the contests, download the complete Pre-Fair Contest Booklet here. The only entry form not included is A Pirate’s Life For You!

If you would like to pick up a copy of the Pre-Fair Contest booklet, stop by your local Sonoma County Library, or the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa.

Contests Just For Kids

READING & RIDING Sponsored by Butler Amusements!

Who Can Enter? Sonoma County Kids grades K to 6

Butler Amusements offers 2 Free Carnival Rides to kids who read extra books between April 1 and JULY 1! 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 the required number of books listed below and fill out the entry form. Get your parent or teacher to sign the form and return it to the fairgrounds by June 19. All completed forms will also be entered in a drawing for a Family Fair Package, including carnival rides, Fair admission and parking. Tickets will be mailed after school is out, so put down your home address. Your ribbon and two free carnival ride passes will arrive in your mailbox the week before the Fair starts. You must use the official entry form, or a copy printed on white paper. Must use the official entry form!

Download Entry Form Here.

Contests for All Ages

These contests are open to all ages, and entries will be divided into age categories before judging. Only one entry per contestant will be judged. Winners will receive Family Fair Packages (Fair tickets, carnival tickets and parking passes) or Fair tickets.



What’s The Prize? Fair Tickets!

Use crayons, colored pencils or felt pens to color your special version of this year’s Fair logo. No stickers, feathers or glitter! You may use an official entry form or a copy of the form on white paper. Contestants in the Coloring Contest will receive a Fair Discount Admission Pass. Use an official entry form or a copy of the form on white paper.

Download Entry Form Here.


CREATE A PICTURE POSTCARD A Contest for Artists of All Ages

What Are The Prizes? Family Fair Packages – admission, carnival & parking passes

When you take a trip, you can send a picture postcard home to your friends. In this contest, you get to create a postcard showing your idea of the perfect tropical vacation spot. It might be an island paradise or the perfect beach! You can use crayons, paints, pencils or felt pens, but computer graphics, tracing or photos are cheating - use your homegrown artistic talents!

Download Entry Form Here.

This year we are celebrating ‘Pirates, Princesses & Mermaids Too!’ in the Kids Area. Contestants of all ages are invited to join in the fun with these Pre-Fair Contests.



What Are The Prizes? Family Fair Packages – admission, carnival & parking passes. Top Winners Also Receive Baskets of Goodies!

We’ve all seen make-believe princesses on tv and in the movies. They wear fancy dresses and have adventures. We don’t usually see princesses doing the dishes or working on their math homework. Imagine a princess lives in your neighborhood. What is she doing right now? For this contest, you need to think about the kind of life a princess ‘next door’ might have and write her story. This contest is open to all ages, but entries will be divided into age groups before judging. You don’t need an entry form for this contest. 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 contact info). If you have more than one page, staple them together. On the back of each page, write your name, age, address, phone number and email address.



What Are The Prizes? Family Fair Packages – admission, carnival & parking passes. Top Winners Also Receive Pirate Treats!

You’ve been asked to hire a crew for a pirate ship. You need to put together a form telling potential pirates everything they need to know about the available jobs. (You can fill out the online entry form and email it to, or download the form and attach your answers.

  • New crew members will want to know what they are getting into. Start by describing the ship and the captain. Possible things to include: Who is the captain? What kind of boss is he or she? What’s the name of the ship? What part of the world does the ship sail?
  • List the Job Duties & Responsibilities. After you have listed the traditional pirate activities, consider some other jobs. Not everyone wants to spend their days waving a sword around, but you may still want them in your crew. Are there other jobs available?
  • Necessary Skills. What do your pirates need to know how to do?
  • Benefits. Why should they want to come and work for you? Are you promising a part of any treasure? Are there opportunities for advancement? Will this be a positive experience? This is where you need to convince applicants that this is the job they want.

Download Entry Form Here


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