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Fair home arts entries showcase bounty, talent of North Platte Valley: Monday is entry day in Mitchell for all home arts exhibits
July 31, 2014 Jerry Purvis   

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The Home Arts division at the Scotts Bluff County Fair is an opportunity for people to showcase their creative talents in a wide variety of areas.

Margie Stauffer, superintendent of the Home Arts division, said this year’s categories include quilting, needlework, knitting, crocheting, decorative art, dimensional art, woodworking, handicrafts, baked goods, canned goods and photography.

“Photography is the biggest category as far as entries go,” she said. “Last year we also had quite a few entries in the handicrafts category.”

In past years, there have been as many as 300 entries in photography. Donna Davey, one of the judges, said the advent of digital photography and the ease of producing pictures have created a big boost in the number of entries. As a result, three judges are needed to evaluate them all. But Davey added, it’s always exciting to see what kinds of subjects people are photographing.

Entry day for Home Arts is Monday, Aug. 4 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. All entries will be judged the next day and exhibits are open for viewing starting at 5 p.m. that evening. Entries are then open for viewing Wednesday through Saturday, Aug 6 – 9 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day.

Also during the open showing, Home Arts volunteers will be selling grab bags and conducting a penny drop to raise funds for scholarships for graduating high school students.

Baked goods, canned goods and other creative work have long been a part of county fairs around the country. “When people used to have their county fairs, the men would bring their livestock and the women would bring their baked goods and things like that,” Stauffer said. “From there it evolved to include all kinds of creative crafts. It’s been a place for gathering the family and we encourage people to enter their work so we can keep that traditional part of the fair going for future generations,” Stauffer said.”

This year’s Scotts Bluff County Fair is its 127th anniversary and it runs Aug. 1 – 9 at the fairgrounds in Mitchell.
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