Fair News

State and County Fairs

Sandy Dunkin:  Oregon Fairs Representative
Peggy Bodle:     Washington Fairs Representative

Fairs are of great interest and importance to MEOW members. Both State and County Fairs are places for members to display their work, demonstrate their skills, recruit new members, and teach the general public about machine needle arts. 

MEOW Representatives have worked closely with Fair Officials to update the Fair’s premium books with categories tailored for the types of free motion machine needlework that members do. MEOW Representatives also work with Fair Officials to obtain judges who are qualified to judge free motion work.

Many of our Fairs offer a MEOW Award to the Judge’s choice of entries in the free motion categories. This award is a special ribbon rosette and a certificate from MEOW.  Winners of this award do not have to be MEOW members.

Washington Fair Information

Kitsap County Fair

Kitsap County Fair and Stampede!

August 20-24    2003

“How the West was Won”

Volunteer!  It’s Fun!

Great Volunteer opportunities for members of ASG, MEOW, Kitsap Quilters, West Sound Quilters,

 and all guilds supportive of and dedicated to the Textile Arts.

Time again to volunteer at the Kitsap County Fair.  Home Arts (Quilting, Machine Embroidery, Textiles, and NeedleWork (hand)) Department is asking for volunteers to help in many areas:

August 9 and 10    –    check in items for display

August 11 – 19      –    assisting judges, setting up displays, etc.

August 20 – 24      –    demonstrators for the various skills (see above), monitors of the display items.

August 25             –     tear down displays and return items to owners.

Note:  the time spent counts as community service for your group.

Contact:    Bernie Oehrling (Quilts & Machine Embroidery) 360 377-6372 or 360 620-8106 cell

                   Joan Nims Cook (Textiles)  360 692-4105

                   Myrna Soterakopoulos (NeedleWork) 360 692-6057

 Kitsap Fair 2002…see photos from the Home Arts Department

Official Fair Website

Enter Your Items in the Fair!

Submit your garments, home decorations, quilts, needlework, spinning, weaving, machine embroidery; also cooking, canning, bead work, and many more items for display in your local fair. 

Your entry is a way to support your county fair as well as your group or guild: ASG, CTA, MEOW, Quilt, Spinning, Weavers, Tatting, Knitting, Crocheting, Lace, etc.  Your entries in the fair are seen by many fair goers, they provide a platform to display what we do as a group.  Your entry also encourages other people to join the various groups, or inspires someone to pursue a project seen at the county fair.

Entries for Kitsap County Open-class are being taken August 9 and 10 at the Presidents Hall Kitsap County Fair Grounds.  Your item is judged against a standard for Blue, Red, White, ribbons; the “best of” ribbon is a competition between the entries to a category.  You do not have to be a resident of Kitsap County to enter exhibits in the fair.

Those of you who wish to earn community service hours for your group are invited to volunteer for entries, setup, or demonstrating your craft at the county fair.  Contact the Superintendent of the area you are interested in. 

Evergreen State Fair in Monroe, WA August 21 – September 1

Entries admitted on Friday, August 8 between 6 pm – 9 pm in BLDG #500

Entries Admitted on Saturday, August 9 between 9 am – 4 pm in BLDG #500


Items can be picked up on Tuesday, September 2 between NOON – 7pm in BLDG #500

Western Washington Fair in  Puyallup, WA   Dates are Sept 5 – Sept 2, 2003

Here are the dates to enter items in the fair:

Drop items off on Friday, August 22  and Saturday, August 23 from 9 am – 4 pm and

Sunday, August 24 from NOON – 6 pm.

Items can be picked up on Tuesday, Sept 23 between 9 am – 8 pm and also on Wednesday, Sept 24 between 9 am – 6 pm.