Creative Arts

Date: July 31 - Aug 01, 2022

Creative Arts Department
Section 1 – Entering in the Fair

All exhibitors must be Lea County residents.

This department consists of sewing and needlework, baked goods and confections, home canned and dried foods, handicrafts, photography, china painting, and fine arts. An entry form is located on website or in this book.

No person will be allowed to make more than one entry under one class number.

Entries not listed in this premium book will have to be entered in a miscellaneous class. Items entered under miscellaneous must not be specified in other class. Please refer to each division for specific entry rules and guidelines.

Every entry will be under the care of the Creative Art Superintendent and Division Volunteers. Every precaution will be taken to prevent damage or loss, but in no event can the Fair be responsible for damages or losses that might occur.

Entries in sewing and needlework, baked foods and confections, handicraft, home canned and dried foods, and china painting will be locked in glass cases during the Fair.

Entry Fee: $1.00 per entry for the first three entries. No charge for additional entries in the Creative Arts Department. If you enter other Departments (ie. Farm and Garden or Flower Show) you will be subject to stated entry fees for that department.

Entries to the Creative Arts Department may be made via mail, fax or electronically. Entry forms may be emailed, mailed or faxed into the Lea County Extension Office. Exhibitors may enter electronically via ShoWorks at fair website or by emailing the form to Those wishing to submit pre-entry forms, must have their forms completed and received by the Lea County Extension Office by July 22, 2022. Those wishing to complete the entry process online, must do so by clicking on the Showworks link on the fair website at All other entry forms will be accepted during the stated entry time.

All articles entered for premiums must be the work of the Exhibitor and must have been completed within the year just past, or since last year's county fair. All others will be for exhibit only. Any articles labeled for “Display Only” will be displayed if room is available.

Any item labeled with a date prior to the current fair year will be for display only.

Items too large for display will not be accepted for judging. The Department Superintendent, Volunteers and the Lea County Fair Board will have final say on items that are displayed. For safety and security, most exhibits will need to fit in a locked display cases.

Tags in duplicate for the identification of articles will be furnished when the article is delivered to the fairgrounds, and the duplicate tag must be presented before the article will be released at the close of the Fair.

No name should be attached to the article, unless specified under special rules in each of the following departments.

Professional work will be accepted in ALL divisions of the Creative Arts Department.

Exhibitors wishing to exhibit more than 10 items are strongly encouraged to pre-enter by July 22, 2022.

Entries will be taken: Sunday, July 31, 2022, from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm or Monday, August 1, 2022, from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00pm No late entries will be accepted.

Section 2 - Judging

Judges are instructed to award premiums only to articles worthy of merit. Soiled articles will not be accepted for judging. Items must be completed. Please see specific rules for each division.

Exhibits will be judged based on the quality of workmanship exhibited. Items are placed 1st through 5th place.

All entries will be judged on August 1, 2022, before display. No exhibitors will be allowed in the building or departments during the judging.

The Yucca Building will open for public viewing on Tuesday, August 2, 2022.

Section 3 – Premiums

Premiums will be paid out to items judged, based on the rules and amounts listed for each division.

There is a premium cap set at $25.00.

The Lea County Extension Homemaker Council will make awards to the clubs whose members win the greatest number of points on individual exhibits in the Creative Arts Department. The following club prizes will be given: First - $15.00; Second -$10.00; Third - $5.00. Points will be counted as follows: First Place – 5 Points; Second Place – 4 Points; Third Place –3 Point; Fourth Place—2 points; Fifth Place—1 point. Individual awards will be given to those EHC members winning the greatest number of individual points. Prizes to be awarded are: First place--$5.00; Second place--$3.00; Third place--$2.00.Points will be tallied as above.

Premiums will be given on Sunday, August 7, 2022 in the Yucca Building, during release of exhibits. Any premiums not collected by the exhibitor by 1 pm on August 7, 2022 will be forfeited.

Section 4 – Releasing of items

Items will not be released before 8:00am, Sunday, August 7, 2022.

The Lea County Extension Office and the Lea County Fair will not be responsible for items not picked up on Sunday, August 7, 2022.

Any items not picked up after 1 pm on Sunday, August 7, 2022 will be disposed of by the Creative Art Superintendent and the Lea County Fair.

Exhibitors are requested to remove entries in all divisions Sunday morning, August 7, 2022, 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. Entries left in the Creative Arts Department after Sunday, August 7, 2022, will be disposed of by the superintendent and the Lea County Fair.
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Community Booths
Superintendent: Robin C. Mack-Haynes
Lea County Extension Office
101 B South Commercial | Lovington, NM 575-396-2819
Fair Theme: Traditions We Treasure
CB 7 – OTHER YOUTH COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS Premiums: 1st Place: $75.00; 2nd Place: $50.00; 3rd Place: $25.00. There is NO ENTRY FEE

1.Sign-up for organizational booths will be accepted in the Lea County Extension Office by July 22, 2022. Please call(575)396-2819 to reserve a booth.

2.All Community Booths may be set up during the following times:
Saturday, July 30, 2022 12 noon to 3pm
Sunday, July 31, 2022 1pm to 7 pm
Monday, August 1, 2022 7 am to 1 pm
The superintendent and the fair board reserves the right to refuse premium payment on the booth when such exhibits are not in place and completed by 1:00 p.m. on Monday, August 1, 2022, for judging.

3.Exhibitors are reminded that these displays are educational displays for the general public. These booths are not for selling, distributing or person-to-person contact. The booth must be set up to display an educational component of the exhibitor. For commercial space, please contact the Lea County Fair Office at (575) 396-8686.

4.Exhibitors will be assigned space in the Exhibit Building by the superintendent. Uniform space allotted for each booth is 8 feet wide by 7 feet deep. Tables within the booth spaces are 6' X 5'. Surrounding curtains are 8' tall on the back, & 3'tall across the front and sides of the booth. Nothing may be pinned to the curtains. Wire or string may be used to hang posters, etc., from the horizontal curtain rods.

5.Signs bearing name of booth must be furnished by exhibitor. In making up a display of vegetables, fruit and crop exhibits, the number, size of sheaf, and quantity shall be prepared to replace produce as freshness declines. Handouts provided by the exhibitor must also be replenished as needed.

6.Every precaution will be taken to protect exhibits from loss or injury, but the superintendent and the Lea County Fair Board will not be responsible for loss or injury to any exhibit.

7.There are a limited number of booths available. The booths will be allocated by the superintendent per earliest request until all booths are filled. EHC Clubs, 4-H Clubs, FFA Chapters, Boy and Girl Scouts and other community organizations should have their reservations for booths made by July 22, 2022.

8.Exhibitors are asked to remove booth exhibits on August 7, 2022 between 8 am and 1 pm. Any booth exhibits not picked up after 1 pm on Sunday, August 7, 2022 will be disposed up by the Community Booths Superintendent and the Lea County Fair.

9.Space is limited to 10 booths. Booth space is assigned on a first come first serve basis.
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