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DEPARTMENT ‘H’ FINE ARTS
SUPERINTENDENT: Jon Rinaldi
480-215-3845 • firstname.lastname@example.org
PROCEDURES FOR ENTERING EXHIBITS
Entry forms are available online by clicking on the ‘ENTRY FORMS’ link or at the fairgrounds office. Entry forms
will also be available on Wednesday, September 19 in Pioneer Hall. We encourage you to submit your entry
forms early, or you may submit them when you bring your entries to Pioneer Hall or to one of our new entry
collecting sites in Rio Rico and Nogales.
Use a separate entry form for each department in which you choose to enter. For example, if you are entering
a jar of jam, fill out an entry form for Department D “Culinary Arts”. If you are also entering a photograph, you
would fill out a separate form for Department G “Photography”.
GENERAL RULES & REGULATIONS
1. Competition is limited to Santa Cruz County and the area lying geographically and historically adjacent.
2. Every entry shall be entered in the name of the producer or the owner or his/her agent.
3. Entry tags will be furnished for each animal or article exhibited. These will be properly filled out and attached
to the exhibit.
4. All exhibits and entries shall be under the complete control of the Fair Management Board and cannot be
removed from the grounds before 4:00pm September 23, 2018, or by appointment.
5. Judges will award ribbons according to merit. Except where noted, the Santa Cruz County Fair utilizes the
Danish system of judging. In this system, the judge does not judge one entry comparing it to another. The
evaluation is made against a standard. Blue ribbons will be given to those entries which most nearly meet the
highest standards established for the particular class. Red ribbons will be given to those entries which rank
‘very good’ in relation to the standards. White ribbons will be given to those entries that rank ‘acceptable’ or
In addition, the judge may present awards to those entries which merit recognition, i.e. Best of Show, Honorable
Mention, and Special Award.
6. Ribbons will be awarded according to judging records. NO EXCEPTIONS.
7. THE FAIR MANAGEMENT BOARD WILL TAKE EVERY PRECAUTION TO INSURE CARE AND PROTECTION OF EXHIBITS,
BUT WILL ACCEPT NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR LOSSES OR DAMAGE TO ANY EXHIBIT OR PERSON.
8. All exhibits must be prepared to conform to the special regulations of the department in which exhibited.
Any EXHIBIT found offensive in any way will not be displayed or judged.
9. In the event of a dispute, the decision of the Fair Management Board will be final.
10. Commercial organizations and others exhibiting articles not for competition must make arrangements for
available space (call 520-455-5553).
11. Exhibitors will be responsible for transportation of exhibits to and from the Fair or to or from designated
pick-up points in Nogales and Rio Rico.
12. All classes except Fine Arts have Children’s, Developmentally Disabled, and Visually Impaired Categories
that will be identified in the sub-class column on the entry form (unless otherwise noted in department). Children
“CH”: age 6-13: Junior “JR”: age 14-18: Developmentally Disabled “DD”: Visually Impaired “VI”. Age must
be on entry form. Exhibitor must stay in age group and cannot exhibit in any other section.
13. Articles previously entered in the Santa Cruz County Fair or any other county fair may be entered &
marked for display only but are not eligible for competition.
14. Fair Management is not responsible for any awards offered by private individuals or businesses.
15. The Fair Management Board has the right to reject any exhibit.
This Department is NOT eligible for entry in the State Fair Outreach program. If you would like to enter your art
in the State Fair, please enter it in Department “E’ - Creative Arts. Articles may not be entered in both areas.
1. Only original works not previously exhibited at any County Fair will be accepted.
2. Entry must be the work of the exhibitor.
3. Entry must be framed, wired and ready to hang. No sawtooth hangers.
4. No wet painting will be accepted.
5. UNFRAMED ART WILL BE ENTERED IN Department ‘E’ – Creative Arts.
6. Entries should be made early to facilitate hanging.
7. Three (3) entries per entrant or a maximum of twelve (12) square feet of wall space.
Professional Status based on the artist having had an accredited art education or who has sold more than $750
in work in any year’s time. The Superintendent reserves the right to determine designation.
Judging in Dept H (Fine Arts) will be based on the American System of judging. For each class, a blue ribbon will
be awarded for the best entry, a red ribbon will be given to second best etc. Special awards may be given to
DIVISION A – PROFESSIONAL PAINTINGS & DRAWINGS
DIVISION B - AMATEUR PAINTINGS & DRAWINGS
DIVISION C - JUNIOR (AGES 14 -18)
001 - Oils and Acrylics
002 - Pastels
003 - Water Colors
004 - Sculpture
005 - Other (Pen & Ink, Pencil, Charcoal)