The annual Sonoma County Harvest Fair, home of the world championship grape stomp, is just around the corner and you are invited to participate in this year’s exhibits. You can enter an apple from the tree in your backyard, an elegant table setting, woodcraft, dahlia, or your best zucchini. Much like the Sonoma County Fair, the Harvest Fair hosts several competitive exhibits. This means that, by putting your hobby or skill to work, you could earn a blue ribbon, cash prizes or at the very least free entrance to this year’s event.
There are several new categories to look forward to this year. For all of you talented in the craft of holiday decorating, you will be excited by what has been added to this year’s fun. With fall on our heels you can enter a home made (or even a purchased and adorned) Halloween mask, design a holiday themed entrance to a house using decorations, lighting, and props suitable for a Fall or Winter season, or you can bring out all those elaborate decorations and transform a simple shelf into a festive fireplace mantle for the holidays.
In celebration of the great Sonoma County bounty we invite local farmers, Farmer’s Market type vendors, Community Garden groups, and even families to enter a lug box of fruit or veggies to show off their green thumbs! There is even a new category for local CSA’s to enter one of their weekly delivery produce boxes into competition for cash prizes and bragging rights. Delight us with color and variety that will showcase your devotion to a prosperous harvest.
Another new category for competitive exhibitors is the Wheelbarrow Garden Contest. This is an opportunity for talented gardeners, both amateur and professional, to design a portable flower or vegetable garden inside a wheelbarrow or garden cart. This category is open to Sonoma County classrooms, community garden groups, families, and individuals.
The 2012 Guidebooks are available online now at www.harvestfair.org. Hard copies are free and will be available at local Chambers of Commerce, Sonoma County Library branches and at the Fair Entry Office at 1350 Bennett Valley Road in Santa Rosa after August 27. Paper entry forms must be received at the Fair Entry Office or postmarked no later than 5 pm on Friday, September 21. Online entries continue through Wednesday, September 26.
The Harvest Fair brings together the best of Sonoma County’s bounty. Sample and purchase from over 150 Sonoma County wineries, take a cheesy beer class, compete for the title of “World’s Greatest Grape Stomp Team”, savor gourmet food, peruse an art show, and tour locally-made exhibits. Bring the whole family to participate in farm ag-tivities, pumpkin carving, scarecrow building, contests, and animal exhibits. For those who want to relax, come to enjoy the ongoing live musical performances all weekend.
The 2012 Harvest Fair is a three-day event celebrating Sonoma County local agriculture, wine country living, delicious cuisine, and fun for the whole family, held October 5-7 at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. For more information, visit www.harvestfair.org or call (707) 545-4203. You can also find “Sonoma County Harvest Fair” on Facebook.