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U is for Unusual Creations at Trash to Treasure: Countdown to the San Juan County Fair

It's July 24, 21 days until Opening Day of the 2019 San Juan County Fair.  In our backwards alphabetical countdown, U is for Unusual Creations at Trash to Treasure. Exhibits in this category must be made out of mostly recycled material. The complete rules can be read on page 50 of the online PREMIUM BOOK

They are judged based on the following criteria:

  • Creative or artistic use of recycled materials
  • Funny and/or playful
  • Something old given a new or different use - functional
  • Fabric up-cycling

There are two lots in each class. a. Function or b. Whimsy

Class I: Masks

Class II: Like a Human (ex: Robots, other humanoid figures)

Class III: Wearable clothing and accessories

Class IV: Musical Instruments

Class V: Flower Power

Class VI: Fair Theme “A Wheel in Time: Cultivating Roots”

Class VII: Natural Material Creations

Class VIII: Seashore trashy treasure



V is for vegetables in our backwards countdown. Did you grow amazing beans, rutabagas or any of the other numerous vegetables that fit in the categories shown on page 45 of the online Premium Book. Do you know about the  Family Garden category and the Vegetable Critters category.

Here are the rules taken page 49 of the online Premium Book.

FAMILY GARDEN:  What does your garden grow? Exhibits are judged on the quality, numbers of varieties included, and attractiveness of the display.  Your display should not include more than 10% fruit or 10% flowers. Please bring a tray or cardboard to hold your exhibit, maximum size of 2’ x 2’.

VEGETABLE CRITTERS: Fruits and fibers are allowed, up to 10% of the total creation. Entries are judged on creativity and workmanship. If your critter has a name or a story, please include an index card with the information. Have fun! Entries must be made solely by the child/ young adult. Lots: a) Age: 6 years and under b) Age: 7- to 14 years-old

W is for Wren and Della. Enjoy Juggling Circus Comedy by Wren and Della at the San Juan County Fair. The two have literally been juggling together since the day they met while on tour with a vaudeville show. Now, nine years later, that partnership has formed into a performance style that is entertaining, genuine, and fun. Based out of Bellingham, they've entertained across the Northwest at shows, parties, corporate events, festivals, and more. In their workshops, they share their love of circus and the skills it takes to master it.

Della Moustachella (www.dellamoustachella.com) has a successful solo career that has landed her on stage at Teatro Zinanni, Moisture Festival, Oregon Country Fair, and much much more. Her huge diversity of professional physical theater and stage clown training combined with her positive and good nature result in her unique style - sweet, satirical, and above all hilarious.

Wren Schultz comes at juggling and circus from a more technical and analytical angle. The mathematical patterns and possibilities of the various props have served as his inspiration to develop acts that both technically delight and make audiences roar with laughter.

On stage, Wren and Della bring their respective passions together in a wonderful mix that always leaves the audience smiling. And with a wide range of material, they can bring their genuine style of entertainment to almost any event or situation. 

Watch a video of the two on Youtube. 

X is for the extra effort Washington State Ferries is making this year. 

According to Washington State Ferries Communications Director Hadley Rodero, they are working with the Fair staff to avoid a repeat of problems with transporting livestock home from the Fair. Some folks and their animals were stranded when the inter island ferry was overloaded. There are no reservations for inter island service. Rodero said, the Fair staff is asking the people when they plan to return home - Saturday or Sunday. The improved communication ahead of the Fair will give WSF time to make arrangements in order to better meet the needs. 

Call the Fair Office at 360.378.4310 for more information. 

Y is for Youth. Youth ages 5 to 16 are admitted free to the fair if they are an exhibitor. Just choose one of the many categories, ranging from Junior Arts & Crafts to baking to photography to Trash and Treasure, and be sure to submit your entry on Tuesday, August 13, the day before the Fair opens.  Read the rules and regulations in the online Premium Book.

Please note there are special rules for animal entries and an earlier deadline of August 1. Information is in the PREMIUM BOOK.

Adults can purchase a four-day pass for $15 (a savings of $10) if they submit an entry.

Z is for the Zucchini 500. Crowds gather at the Skate Park at 5 p.m. daily to watch the action at the Zucchini 500. Contestants line their racers up on the ramps and hope for the best. There are two types of racers, the stock racers include an intact whole zucchini in their design. The freestyle racers must have at least a bit of zucchini in theirs. The other big rule is the racer must fit on the track. The contestants can check their racers in earlier in the day at the Zucchini booth and pick them up just before race time. You can drop your racer off on the first day of the Fair and come back and race every day if you'd like. No need to lug them back home each night. 

Photos by Matt Pranger from the 2018 San Juan County Fair

A zucchini racer is airborne as it zips over the Ramp of Death.

By Saturday, some of the racers look a bit worse for wear. And by the end of Saturday's competition some are utterly destroyed as they participate in the "Ramp of Death". You kinda have to be there. 

Check out the slideshow from last year here. and you'll see age is not a factor when it comes to the Zucchini 500.

For more information about the fair visit the fair's website and the online premium book.


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