The first weekend in February is fast approaching and that means it’s time to pick out your best art or craft projects completed in the past two years to enter and help celebrate the 48th Lake Placid Arts & Crafts Country Fair.
The Country Fair will unfold Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 1-2 in DeVane Park and Lake Placid Elementary School. The park will be filled to overflow with vendors offering handmade arts and crafts and food vendors with their many temptations. The cafeteria at the school will be transformed into a mecca for arts and crafts — showcasing the talents of area residents as the jewel of the Country Fair.
Entry is free and open to anyone wishing to participate in adult amateur, adult professional or student Divisions utilizing classification lists with 10 divisions for adults and five for students. Ribbon and cash awards are given in the each of the three sections. In addition, many special memorial awards are given.
Several revisions are featured in the adult classification list this year, placing miniatures in most Divisions and eliminating that class in crafts; changing porcelain to china painting, combining needlepoint and cross stitch and adding tatting.
Classification lists and entry forms are available in the Arts and Crafts Country Fair office located in the classroom area in the Caladium Arts and Crafts Cooperative on Interlake Bouelvard, Lake Placid. The office is manned by volunteers Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from now until the Country Fair opening day.
Judging takes place on Friday evening, Jan. 31. Pre-registration is advised for adults to speed the entry process.
Awards given for adults and students in each sub-class are first, second, third, and honorable mention ribbons. Selected from all first place blue ribbons in each subclass is a Best of Class winner receiving a Purple Rosette ribbon and $10.
In adult amateur, a Best of Show is selected in each of the 10 Divisions to receive Laura Watson Award tri-color ribbons and $25. The Professional category receives a Best of Show Laura Rider Award tri-color ribbon and $25.
Students are awarded ribbons by grade level and receive a Best of Show tri-color ribbon and $25 in each of five Divisions: the Elaine Waggener Award in elementary (K-5); the Anne Reynolds Award in middle school (6-8): and the J.D. Watson Award in high school (9-12).
For more information about classifications and awards, call 863-465-3963 or visit the Arts and Crafts Country Fair office.
Entries for the exhibits should be delivered to Lake Placid Elementary School’s cafeteria on Thursday, Jan. 30 or Friday, Jan.31, between 3:30 and 5:30. Remember, school is in session so please arrive during the designated times.
The Exhibits committee is anxiously waiting to see all of the wonderful arts and crafts you have been so busy and diligently making — please enter and let everyone enjoy and admire your creations.