It’s fair time again. Already.

I spent the first half of the first day of August at the Harvey County Fair, checking in art entries, then helping with judging. It was a good way to spend the time.

Tuesday evening was pickup. It’s always amazed me how much more quickly dismantling a show is than setting one up. Even in my trade show booths, that was the case. This year’s fair was no different.

2015 Harvey County Fair Entries 2A total of 115 pieces were entered in our section: 31 in ceramics and the remainder in flat work. It was a good exhibit.

I don’t know how many exhibitors there were. We don’t keep track of that. All I know for sure is that the kids out numbered the adults by a wide margin thanks to the art teacher who encourages her students to participate. She also brings the artwork in and picks up all the artwork afterward, delivering much of it to her students at home.

For the first time in several years, the open class included a category for professional artists. Several local artists participated and the result was an exhibit of work that featured pen-and-ink, colored pencil, oil, and acrylic.

2015-harvey-county-fair-entriesI took six pieces. Two oils, and four colored pencils.

Autumn Field II (oil, landscape) and Working Class (oil, portrait) took first place.

All Heart and Blizzard Babe also took first place. Blizzard Babe was awarded Grand Champion placing in the professional category.

Flint Hills Study (graphics, landscape) earned a second place behind an exquisite pen-and-ink drawing of a local school.

What Comes Second (graphics, other) was the biggest surprise of the day. It’s the drawing of the egg in the photo above. I took it as a lark and didn’t expect it to be awarded anything. But it took a first place!

It was with a huge sigh of relief and satisfaction that I looked back at the fair when it was over. There are lots of happy artists of all ages in the aftermath.

There are also some who are looking forward to next year.

I know I am!