Siskiyou Golden Fair: What to know now before it returns in August
It's not too early to prepare your entry in the Siskiyou Golden Fair's competitions, or to reserve vendor space.
The fair — which takes place Aug.10-14 at the fairgrounds in Yreka — includes food and merchandise booths, and livestock, plant and other hobby-related competitions.
This year's theme is Red, White and Blue.
Each year, the fair hosts nearly 50,000 patrons, fair CEO Cliff Munson said.
Here's what to know now so you're ready in August:
Reserve vendor space
The fair is taking applications for indoor and outdoor vendors and concessions, fair planners said.
Available space includes four sycamore-shaded malls, the commercial building and permanent concession booths.
Vendor applications and information are available at www.sisqfair.com or in the fair office at 1712 Fairlane Road in Yreka.
Get your junior livestock exhibitor materials
Junior livestock exhibitors showing as independents can download a packet and record book forms at www.sisqfair.com.
The independent livestock exhibitor packet — with new requirements and deadlines for 2022 — is only required for market animal projects that are part of the Junior Livestock Auction.
"An independent exhibitor is someone who doesn't show livestock through an organization like 4-H, FFA or Grange," Munson said.
Independent exhibitors must attend monthly meetings, perform at least one community service and maintain a record book of their project. Those unable to attend at least three meetings on the fairgrounds are required to pay a 12% commission of their auction proceeds instead of the standard 6%.
For more information call 842-2767 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enter a flower garden competition
Fair planners invite garden clubs and other green-thumbed organizations to participate in the annual Flower Garden Competition. Clubs must have adult or youth membership or both.
Eight gardens are available on the fairgrounds. Flower beds must be planted between May 15 and June 30 to be eligible for the the top three cash awards for large and small gardens. Beds planted after June 30 aren't eligible for prize money.
This competition requires some weeding and flower bed care between planting on the fairgrounds. Watering is done by fair staff.
Entry forms must be returned by March 15. See guidelines and rules at www.sisqfair.com.
The fair is looking for donations to help pay for awards. These include buckles given to junior market animal and showmanship winners, and horse show divisions. They also help pay for ribbons handed out in all categories and displayed on still exhibits.
There's no minimum or maximum amount required.
Donors can call the fair office at 530-842-2767 or email email@example.com for more information.
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