Fair notice: Time to think about contributing to the summer extravaganza

The “crookedest carrot” and other delights will be back at the Hood River County Fair this summer.

The event, with contests in art, horticulture, baking and much more, does not start until July 24, but this is actually the time to start thinking about involving yourself.

Everything you need to know about events, contests and entry requirements will be in the fair book, available at local businesses in Hood River, Odell, Parkdale and Cascade Locks this month.

The fair is the annual celebration of all things Hood River County — be it odd-shaped vegetables, flowers, animals, baked goods or art work.

The 2013 theme slows things down from last year’s “Race to the Fair” motto.

This year it’s “Country Scenes and Children’s Dreams.” Fittingly, this umbrella phrase covers plenty of territory. As one way to participate, anyone who wants to may pick up fabric and create something that expresses the “scenes and dreams,” idea. This upcoming contest will be for adults and children.

Art work that children have already done is also fair game for fair display; think about that later this month when projects and assignments start making their way home as the close of the school year approaches. In addition, adults with interesting collections might consider sharing them with the community in the Open Class exhibits.

Planning an early-summer vacation? Consider entering an image from the Oregon dunes or Grand Canyon — or your own backyard.

The photography contest also seeks photos of farms and community events. These are opportunities for anyone to present their best or favorite views of places and activities that make the community special.

The fair is, among many things, a chance to display ourselves: the “scenes and dreams” of the things we do, grow, and make, and care about.

Each of us can, even in a small way, help make the mid-summer event that much more of an overall expression of this place and its people.

When you have a chance, pick up a fair book for all the details you need this spring and summer to plan for making the 2013 fair an even fuller experience for all.

It could start with a crooked carrot growing in the ground right now.

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