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El Dorado County exhibits ‘step up’ to be counted the State Fair

By From page B2 | July 18, 2012

For the last 158 years Californians have proudly celebrated the talent and bounty of this great land at the annual California State Fair.

Whether in good times or tough ones, somehow the good folks of the Golden State manage to “step up to the plate” and show why there is always hope for the future.

Every year I enjoy seeing what the younger generation is doing at the fair. There are 4-H exhibits galore, industrial and mechanical displays and my personal favorite — the Youth Art & Design Expo.

This year a number of El Dorado County young people submitted art work for this juried art show at the State Fair. And they did well.

Sophia Hill of Shingle Springs, who was featured in this column last spring, won a first place for her watercolor “Heron At Rest.” Sophia recently won the St. Francis High School “Young @ Art” competition’s Best of Show award, and attended the school’s art camp this summer. She also received an Honorable Mention for her watercolor “Pretty in Pink.”

St. Francis Troubadours Tarah Kubes and Amanda Luong, both of El Dorado Hills, also received awards from the fair.

Tarah won a first place ribbon in the Pen, Pencil & Printmaking competition for her work entitled, “My Support.” She received an Honorable Mention for her Pastel & Charcoal entry “The Lion’s Den.”

Amanda received Honorable Mentions for her entries “James Dean’s Porsche” (Pen, Pencil & Printmaking) and “Mountain Lake Landscape” (Pastel & Charcoal).

Sarah Shipler of El Dorado Hills won a red ribbon for her Pen, Pencil & Charcoal entry “Time Cat.” Sarah also won Honorable Mentions for two additional entries, “Christmas Tiger” and “Preditory Rapture.”

Placerville residents Grace Klas and Cami Young both showed that they can stitch it all together with their entries.

Grace won two second-place ribbons for her sewing skills with a “Pleated Top” (Single Item Clothing) and “Allison’s Quilt” (Quilts). She won an Honorable Mention for her work “Sun Pillow” (Any Other Sewing Project).

Cami won a second-place ribbon for her untitled quilt in the Quilts category.

Our beloved El Dorado County has an entry in the County Exhibits Building featuring the Rubicon Trail. This exhibit features a rugged Jeep and lots of literature about the county and the adventures one can have here.

Yes, the Counties Exhibit is all about “bragging rights” and I miss the head-to-head competition between El Dorado County and Placer County for Best of Show. Those were during the economic boom times. This year’s entry made me think of Cole Porter’s song “Don’t Fence Me In”; it seemed a little cramped. Still there is a lot of information about our county packed into this little exhibit. And someone was sharp enough to get a Jeep sponsorship to help with the funding of the space. Nothing to be ashamed of.

I am deeply grateful that the good folks of El Dorado County found a way to have an exhibit this year. It’s better than being a “no show,” which would be a great loss to the spirit of the fair.

Perhaps that’s the best bragging right of the State Fair — that in spite of the struggle, we persist and succeed. We are counted.

Venimus, Vidimus, Vicimus … We Came, We Saw, We Conquered.

The California State runs through July 29 at Cal Expo, located at 1600 Exposition Boulevard in Sacramento. Fair hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Visit for admission and Midway information.

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Susan Laird


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