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ELEVEN MILE CORNER — Crafters, artists, bakers and others coveting a blue ribbon have only a few days left to prepare their competitive entries for the Pinal County Fair.

Competitive entries are due on Monday.

“Even if you’ve never entered a fair, it’s easy, fun and thrilling,” said Karen Searle, executive director of the Pinal County Fair.

Competition is open to all and there is no limit to how many items may be entered.

“There’s something for everyone in the hundreds of areas available,” she said. “Young exhibitors can enter in many departments, as well as the science department. Everyone has a hobby or treasure that shows off their talents and most can be exhibited at the fair.”

Categories for competitive entries include:

  • Crafts and hobbies, which include dozens of divisions including dollhouses, bead and feather work, ceramics, pottery, stamping, scrapbooking, woodwork and other items.
  • Culinary arts, including jams and jellies, breads, pies, cakes, canned items and other various decorative and non-decorative food items.
  • Fine arts, which includes drawings, paintings and various works of art.
  • Floriculture/horticulture, comprised of various flowers, plants, crops and gardens.
  • Open models, including taxidermy and various built items.
  • Photography, with divisions for amateur, high school, elementary school, black-and-white and a division for those with disabilities.
  • Science, a category for school science projects.
  • Sewing and fiber arts for entries ranging from knit and crochet items to hand-sewn clothing.
  • Youth and school art, with separate divisions for each grade.

“This is a great opportunity to display your private collections or even display scrapbooking creations, jewelry designs and poetry, “ Searle said.

The family-friendly Pinal County Fair is a community event, and Searle said activities and exhibits are planned for all ages and interests.

“Fairgoers can experience the best the county has to offer through unique exhibits, amazing food, thrilling carnival rides, awesome music and delightful community performances — all for the price of admission,” Searle said.

This year, the event’s focus on agriculture “reminds us of the impact and importance of agriculture in our county. By celebrating and showcasing the accomplishments and talents of our youth at this annual event, the not-for-profit fair pursues its mission of educating children and improving the community,” she said.

To enter an item, go online to visit

The Pinal County Fair is March 18-22 at the fairgrounds, 512 S. 11 Mile Corner Road. Admission is $9 for adults. Children 6-12 are admitted for $4. There is no admission charge for children 5 and younger.


Melissa St. Aude is the Arts & Entertainment editor at PinalCentral. She can be reached at