By Christine Morton SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC NEWS) With about 30,000 entries throughout all the competitions offered by the State Fair, the judging of Arts and Crafts, Seniors, Fine Arts, and Photography categories began today.
Over the past year, people ranging in ages from 8 to 80 have been deligently sewing, beading, carving, quilting and, so on in order to enter into the numerous competition categories at the New York State Fair. Agriculture Manager for the State Fair, Mary Ellen Chesbro, says each year competitors return, but also welcomes newcomers too. However, entries for competitions within the Art & Home Center must be New York residents only. Chesbro explains that there is no single category that wins each year, but workmanship, creativity, imagination, and hardwork is what makes a piece a winner.
Former teacher for the Fashion Technology Program within the Syracuse School District for 34 years, and Judge for Seniors at the State Fair, Pamela Baldini, says her criteria for judging depends on the category. Baldini explains that if it’s a sewn piece, you would judge according to a knowledge of sewing, how garments are constructed, and how garments are finished. Baldini says if its sewn correctly, people will ask where you bought it versus if you made it. This year, Baldini says quilting recieved the most entries; however, there are less sewn pieces.
Everyone is invited to see all the art work displayed in the Art & Home Center during the New York State Fair starting August 23rd.