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I used to think that all the people who entered items at the fair were farmers. A friend of mine told me a few years ago, how she uses the fair as part of their homeschool. With a little investigation, I found out that the fair has so much to offer kids. Even if you are not a part of a school organization, 4H, or FFA. You can enter items as a resident in the same categories.
We have now been entering items for three years. Last year, I used it as a goal for the boys to go along with the lessons we studied at the time. With each unit we covered, we did some type of handiwork to go along with it. By the time the fair rolled around in November, the boys had accumulated quite a number of entries.
The Volusia County Fair that we enter has money associated with the ribbons of merit. The boys have earned up to $30 for total entries. Last year, Crockett won the overall award for boys and received a trophy! It is a pretty good self-esteem motivator to continue to work hard and learn a new skill.
I share this with you because children of all ages, especially upper elementary and on can benefit from what your local or state fair has to offer. For example, Scholarships, award money, ribbons, and other incentives, along with showing your accomplishments to your community. We have met many homeschoolers during these few years, and love figuring out what we are going to enter the next year.
Each county or state is different. However, it is a matter of filling out your application for the items you are entering. You would find that on their website. They have very simple categories such as egg decorating, Lego categories, and baking. Similarly, categories like recycling, sewing, artwork, and cake decorating. However, if what you made doesn’t doesn’t fit in a category just check the box for “other”. Usually, every child will receive a ribbon for participation.
Even moms can get in on the fair! I encourage you to do so! I have been entering the baking division and canning. I think the boys get more excited when I win a blue ribbon. They are proud of their mom. It is good for them to see me doing something
for myself sometimes!
All states have their fairs at different times, so check it out! Here in Florida, we start in November with the county and then can enter the next one in February for Central Florida.
So get out and see what your local fair has to offer, and don’t forget the candied apples!