Autumn inspires award-winning art
In late June a call went out asking the artistic public to depict “Fall in the Foothills” on a poster. No one expected that so many quality entries would come through the door at the El Dorado County Department of Agriculture in Placerville. What was even more surprising was the number of youth entries. The poster contest has not had an age limit, young or old, as a result Bill Snodgrass, El Dorado County Agricultural Commissioner, decided to recognize the young artists by creating their own division. South Lake Tahoe’s Ericka Porfiri took first place as well as third place, while Placerville’s Ana Mackey won second.
In the adult division the first-place winner was 73-year-old Don Amey of Shingle Springs, Calif. The art was used to create the sixth annual Harvest Fair/Logging Days and Wine Festival poster, which will be displayed at businesses around town. All the entries will be displayed at the Harvest Fair booth inside the main exhibit hall at the EDC Fairgrounds on Sept. 13 and 14.
The Harvest Fair is a celebration of agriculture, farming and families who work the farms and ranches in California. It’s an “Olde Fashioned” kind of fair filled with kid’s activities, the annual county grape stomp, wine tasting, hand crafters, pumpkin tossing and painting, free hay rides, and gentle country music.
On Saturday and Sunday the kids’ activities begin with the Apple Hill Kids parade, which begins at 11:30 a.m. At noon a musical performance of “Mike and Nick and the Pumpkin Patch” will take place. Local author, educator and farmer Joan Barsotti will direct the play, which is based on one of her children’s books.
On Saturday at 12:30 p.m. the pumpkin toss begins. If you want to laugh and you love kids, you won’t want to miss this family competition. Adults are welcome to enter too. At 1 p.m. and again at 4 p.m. there will be an educational and entertaining performance by Steve Poole, who is an outdoorsman, hunter and a conservationist. For 20 years he’s been studying nature and the habits of birds and animals in the wild and he’ll be teaching his audience all about duck calls. The audience will be invited to join in the fun and make a few calls of their own.
Kids can expect to take part in “Olde Fashioned” gummy worm eating, watermelon eating competitions, carving and bobbing for apples, pumpkin painting, the barnyard scramble with a hay maze and so much more.
An interactive puppet show with Carol Jo Brackney will take place on the kids’ stage. Again, the kids in the audience will be invited to join in the performance and do a little puppeteering of their own.
Look in the main exhibit hall for the first- second- and third-place youth poster winners art. All artists earned two passes to the Harvest Fair. For more information about the Harvest Fair, go to http://www.atasteofeldorado.com/harvestfair or call the EDC Department of Agriculture at (530) 621-5520.