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2016 Creative Arts Competition Handbook

The State Fair of Texas is pleased to bring you the Creative Arts competition information for 2016.

The State Fair offers more than 1,100 categories in 12 departments to be entered and judged before the fair begins on September 30.  The Fair also offers 24 days of contests during the annual exposition.

The following tabs contain each department’s sections, rules and entry guidelines, and entry forms.  Please be sure to study the rules and requirements for this year’s competitions.

2016 Important Dates

  • September 7-9: Pre-Fair entry give-back (non-winning entries)
  • September 30 – October 23: During-Fair Creative Arts contests

 

2016 Creative Arts Handbook 2016 Rules and Guidelines Entry Form Contest Calendar Creative Arts Building Map

2016 Competition Results

2016 Competition Results

2016 Department Sections and Rules

Department A - Art

Department A - Art

Department includes the following sections:

Adult

  • Oil, Acrylic, Pastel
  • Watercolor
  • Ink
  • Pencil or Charcoal
  • Mixed Media
  • Printmaking

Junior (12-17)

  • Oil, Acrylic, Pastel
  • Watercolor
  • Ink
  • Charcoal or Pencil

Child (11 & under)

  • Any Media, Any Subject
Click for Department A Rules and Information (PDF)

Department B - Ceramics and Hand-painted China

Department B - Ceramics and Hand-painted China

Department includes the following sections:

Hobbyists

  • Ceramics / Earthenware
  • Underglaze
  • Overglaze
  • Glaze
  • Unfired Stains
  • Seasonal
  • Originals in Clay
  • Polymer Clay
  • Hand-Painted China on Blanks

Junior (12-17)

  • Ceramics
  • Polymer Clay
  • Pottery

Child (11 & under)

  • Ceramics
Click for Department B Rules and Information (PDF)

Department C - Designer-Craftsman

Department C - Designer-Craftsman

Department includes the following sections:

Adult

  • Egg Art
  • Leathercraft
  • Miscellaneous Crafts
  • Jewelry
  • Mosaic Tile
  • Scrapbooking
  • Stained Glass
  • Glass
  • Textiles
  • Wood
  • Folk Art (No Ceramics)
  • Decorated Gourds

Junior (12-17)

  • Leathercraft
  • Metal Work
  • Miscellaneous Crafts
  • Mosaic Tile
  • Stained Glass
  • Textiles
  • Wood
  • Folk Art (No Ceramics)
  • Glass

Child (11 & under)

  • Miscellaneous Crafts
Click for Department C Rules and Information (PDF)

Department D - Dolls

Department D - Dolls

Department includes the following sections:

Adult

  • Antique Dolls
  • Modern or Contemporary Dolls
  • International Dolls
  • Handcrafted Dolls
  • Reproduction Dolls
  • Character Dolls, Celebrity Dolls & Theme Dolls
  • Bears
  • Animals
  • Doll House

Child (11 & under)

  • Various Dolls and Bears
Click for Department D Rules and Information (PDF)

Department E - Food

Department E - Food

Department includes the following sections:

Canning

  • Vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Preserves
  • Marmalade
  • Butters
  • Relish
  • Pickles
  • Jelly
  • Sugar Free Jelly
  • Jam
  • Sugar Free Jam
Click for Department E Rules and Information (PDF)

Department F - Hobby Collections

Department F - Hobby Collections

Department includes the following sections:

General Entry

  • Various Hobby Collections
  • Hobby Collections – Antique items
Click for Department F Rules and Information (PDF)

Department G - Holiday Corner

Department G - Holiday Corner

Department includes the following sections:

General Entry

  • General Holiday (Christmas, Easter, Independence Day, Hanukkah, Mardi Gras, etc.)
  • Halloween
Click for Department G Rules and Information (PDF)

Department H - Needlepoint, Crewel & Counted Cross Stitch

Department H - Needlepoint, Crewel & Counted Cross Stitch

Department includes the following sections:

Adult – Amateur

  • Crewel
  • Needlepoint
    • Painted Canvas / Charted Design
    • Needlepoint Kits
    • Petit Point
    • Bargello
    • Plastic Canvas
  • Counted Cross Stitch
  • Miscellaneous Embroidery

Junior (17 & under)

  • Needlepoint, Crewel and Counted Cross Stitch
Click for Department H Rules and Information (PDF)

Department I - Needlework

Department I - Needlework

Department includes the following sections:

Adult

  • Crochet
  • Knitting
  • Bobbin Lace
  • Miscellaneous Handwork
  • Smocking
  • Hardanger
  • Sewing Machine Articles
  • Doll Clothes

Junior (17 & under)

  • Needlework and Sewing
Click for Department I Rules and Information (PDF)

Department J - Afghans, Rugs, Quilts and Bedspreads

Department J - Afghans, Rugs, Quilts and Bedspreads

Department includes the following sections:

Adult

  • Afghans (50″ x 70″ and over)
  • Afghans (50″ x 70″ and under)
  • Afghans (Infants and Toddlers)
  • Quilts
  • Quilts (Infants and Toddlers)
  • Bedspreads
  • Rugs
  • Rugs – Hand Hooking

Junior (17 & under)

  • Afghans, Rugs, Quilts and Bedspreads
Click for Department J Rules and Information (PDF)

Department K - Photography

Department K - Photography

Department includes the following sections:

Adult

  • Color
  • Black & White
  • Special Section (Theme and focus should reflect life in the State of Texas or the State Fair of Texas)

Junior (12-17)

  • Color
  • Black & White
  • Special Section ( Theme and focus should reflect life in the State of Texas or the State Fair of Texas)

Child (11 & under)

  • Various photography

Teacher & Professional

  • Color
  • Black & White
Click for Department K Rules and Information (PDF)

Department L - Scale Models

Department L - Scale Models

Department includes the following sections:

Adult

  • Kit
  • Kit Conversion
  • Scratch Built
  • Diorama
  • LEGOs (Scratch Built – No Kits)

Junior (12-17)

  • Kit
  • Kit Conversion
  • Scratch Built
  • Diorama
  • LEGOs (Scratch Built – No Kits)

Child (11 & under)

  • Kits, Scratch Built
  • Diorama
  • LEGO Assemblies
  • K’Nex Assemblies
Click for Department L Rules and Information (PDF)

During-Fair Craft & Cooking Competitions

During-Fair Craft & Cooking Competitions

Sunday, September 25:

CASI Chili Cook-off  – Rules and Entry Form

No Rules Chili Cook-off – Rules and Entry Form

Barbecue Cook-off – Rules and Entry Form

3 Pot Dutch Oven Cook-off – Rules and Entry Form

Friday, September 30:

The Glue-A-Shoe Contest – Rules and Entry Form

Saturday, October 1:

Cake Baking Contest  – Rules and Entry Form

Sunday, October 2:

Tex-Mex Contest – Rules and Entry Form

Tuesday, October 4:

The Great American Spam Championship – Rules and Entry Form

Play with your Food Contest – Rules and Entry Form

Wednesday, October 5:

Southern Comfort Food Contest – Rules and Entry Form

Thursday, October 6:

Ice Cream Freeze-off  – Rules and Entry Form

Friday, October 7:

Cooking with Cheese Contest – Rules and Entry Form

Saturday, October 8:

Red River Showdown Biscuit Cook-Off (Lotto drawing event) – Rules and Entry Form

Sunday, October 9:

Pie Competition – Rules and Entry Form

Gold Medal® Flour Pie Competition – Rules and Entry Form

Monday, October 10:

Picnic with Coca Cola® – Rules and Entry Form

Tuesday, October 11:

Party Foods – Rules and Entry Form

Wednesday, October 12:

Pizza Cook Off (Lotto drawing event) – Rules and Entry Form

Thursday, October 13:

Central Market “Guess what’s cooking” Contest – Rules and Entry Form

Friday, October 14:

Bread Baking Contest – Rules and Entry Form

Gold Medal Flour Bread Contest – Rules and Entry Form

Saturday, October 15:

Youth Cooking Contest – Rules and Entry Form

The Great American Spam Championship (Youth) – Rules and Entry Form

“Dinners On Me” Contest – Rules and Entry Form

Sunday, October 16:

Cookie Contest – Rules and Entry Form

Gold Medal Flour Cookie Contest – Rules and Entry Form

Monday, October 17:

Farm to Fork Contest – Rules and Entry Form

“Honey the Magic Ingredient” Contest – Rules and Entry Form

Tuesday, October 18:

Chocolate! Competition – Rules and Entry Form

Wednesday, October 19:

Fruit Desserts Competition – Rules and Entry Form

Thursday, October 20:

Cobbler Cook-0ff (Lotto drawing event) – Rules and Entry Form

Friday, October 21:

Domino Sugar Candy Contest – Rules and Entry Form

Saturday, October 22:

Speedy Dishes Contest – Rules and Entry Form

Sunday, October 23:

One Pot Meals Contest – Rules and Entry Form