Cupcake Crazy

Sooo good!

September 12th was the annual fair Cupcake Contest, and wow, did all the entries look delicious.  Contestants submitted their recipes in July, all of which were homemade with ingredients you can find at your local stores (Them’s the rules!).  On the big day, each contestant brought six delectable offerings for this year’s judges.

Regina Young, Marissa Ceja, Carlos Velesqez, and Laurie Brandler were our four distinguished experts for today’s event.  All four were beyond pleased to take part, and were full of smiles throughout the event.

Participants were graded on four different aspects, of varying importance:

  • Overall Taste                        40%
  • Originality/Creativity             30%
  • Appearance/Presentation     20%
  • Ease of preparation              10%

After sampling from each of the 11 contestants, the judges picked three outstanding examples of this culinary delight.

In 3rd place, with her light and fluffy Lemon Blueberry with Lemon Buttercream cupcake, is April Burton!

2nd place goes to Pepper Parker, with her scrumptious Banana Pudding cupcakes.

The coveted 1st place is awarded to Monine Zerby, for her Boozy Caramel Apple cupcake.  Need I say more?  All participants then began a cupcake trading bonanza, and who could blame them, with all of the entries looking so mouth watering?

If you think you have what it takes to be top baker here at the fair, check in online for next year’s entry forms.  Who knows, it could be you taking home that colorful Rosette with your cupcake supreme~!


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You Know You Want a Blue Ribbon

Sure, the Fair is still six months away but it’s not too early to be thinking of entering your best cookie or salsa recipe or your best photograph into one of our fun & exciting contests and competitions. Entries are open for all categories in Culinary Styles, Tapestry and America’s Kids. You look great in blue (ribbon, that is), so what are you waiting for?

Culinary Styles features preserved foods, baked goods and several specialty categories like cheesecake recipe, all-American pie, BBQ, cupcakes and gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. Every year the judges have a blast tasting all the goodies, and Fairguests love seeing who runs away with a first place. Deadlines for entry are:

  • Preserved foods – June 25
  • Baked goods and other featured contests - Aug. 2
  • Tablescaping – July 19 (hurry, this one fills up fast!)

Tapestry, which includes jewelry, arts & crafts, needle art and photography, has a June 25 deadline.

America’s Kids is themed A Living Library of Fun (part 2) – a continuation of last year’s fun adventure where books came to life. Competitions include magic shoes (turn an ordinary pair of shoes into something spectacular), build a model hot air balloon, creative cakes, build a scarecrow, crafts, writing and so much more. Deadline for America’s Kids competitions is June 27.

Details, including rules & regulations and entry forms, for all the contests and competitions can be found at

Ok, ready, set – cook and create!


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Fair’s International Dairy Competition Entry Forms due July 16

dairy3Dairy foods of all kinds from milk and cream to frozen desserts will compete in the Fair’s 2010 International Dairy Competition.

About 45 dairy processing companies competed at the 2009 L.A. County Fair in the main divisions: Fluid Milk and Cream, Cultured Liquid Products, Sour Cream, Yogurt, Butter, Cheese (including goat’s milk cheeses, sheep and mixed milk cheeses) and Frozen Dairy Dessert. Division class details and entry instructions are available at

Entry  forms must be mailed back with $50 per item entry fees, postmarked no later than July 16 to L.A. County Fair, Attn: Dairy Products, P.O. Box 2250, Pomona, CA 91769. 

Samples for judging must be delivered to the Dairy Products Department located at Avalon Restaurant, across from the Grandstand. Enter at Gate 1 on McKinley Avenue. Deliveries must be made between Wednesday, July 28, and Thursday, July 29, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Samples may also be delivered on July 30 by appointment only.

Contest samples may also be mailed to L.A. County Fair, Attn: Dairy Products, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA 91768. Shipments must be packed in a proper container with an adequate amount of proper refrigerant (dry ice for ice cream and ice or “blue ice” for all others) to insure samples are received at the proper temperature.

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America’s Kids entry forms due July 6!

americaskids2010_0002Visitors to the 2010 America’s Kids will be transported A Long Time Ago… as they step into the exhibit presented by King Taco. They’ll explore the era when kings and queens ruled the land, knights jousted for the attention of princesses and everyone wore funny hats.


Entry forms are due Tuesday, July 6, for America’s Kids, and may be downloaded from, but must be postmarked no later than July 6 to L.A. County Fair, Attn: America’s Kids, P.O. Box 2250, Pomona, CA 91769.


Contest exhibits must be delivered between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Saturday, July 24, to America’s Kids at Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA 91768. Parking is available through Gate 1; proceed to America’s Kids in Fairplex building 10.


Featured competitions keep things medieval: “Stained Glass Art” created with hot glue or puff paint and paint, markers or crayons, “Decorate a Crown” where imagination and a few craft supplies combine for beautiful crown jewels, and “Castle Banner or Shield” that will decorate the walls of America’s Kids castle’s walls.


Other theme competitions include Medieval Character Competition, Sock Dragon, Fairy Fashion Fun, Build a Knight, Castle Coloring Competition, and “My Own Fairy Tale” writing competition. There will also be a kids’ A Long Time Ago… Fashion Show.


This year’s theme has also been added to many of America’s Kids traditional competitions. Division class details and entry instructions are also available at For more information, contact Nancy Bates at, or by visiting

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Tapestry Competition Entry Forms Due June 29!

tapestryArtsy-crafty folks need to download forms now to enter the 2010 Tapestry competition at the Los Angeles County Fair.

Forms may be downloaded from here, but must be mailed back with fees postmarked no later than Tuesday, June 29 to LA County Fair, The Village on Broadway/Tapestry, P.O. Box 2250, Pomona, CA 91769.

Fees are $2 per entry for works submitted in the featured Tapestry competitions:
• Arts & Crafts
• Clothing & Textiles
• Jewelry
• Needle Art
• Pottery
• Quilting

Specific class information for each competition is also available online.

Entry deadlines are also June 29 for Tapestry featured contests – Christmas Tree Contest, Men Knit Too, Quilt Block Challenge, Project Hatway Contest, Warm Up America, and Help A Child Smile.

Entry items must be delivered between 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 13, to The Village on Broadway/Tapestry at Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA 91768. Check in through Gate 1 off of White and McKinley, and follow signs to the drop-off area.

For more information, call Amy Pond-Cirelli at or at

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Hey Fair Fans! Time to Enter Our Contests!

contestHowdy hey to all my L.A. County Fair blog followers. It has been a long time - we’ve been working hard since the last day of the 2009 Fair to prepare a fantastic 2010 Fair! You definitely will not be disappointed! We have tons of new things in store – but more on that later. I am here to tell you to get your best recipe, paint your best art work and create the best scrapbook page ever – then enter it into one of the Fair’s contests and competitions. Just about every contest is now open for entries – in America’s Kids, Culinary Styles and Tapestry.

America’s Kids’ theme for 2010 is A Time Long Ago, centered on Mtiger-cakeedieval times. Contests include a Build a Knight craft and Fairy Tale writing. There are also decorate a crown and create a shield competitions. With a theme like this, there are so many ways to be creative and bold! What fun!

Tapestry has great contests in knitting, arts & crafts, clothing & textiles, jewelry, pottery and the ever-popular quilting. There is also the Men Knit, Too contest!

My personal favorite – Culinary Styles - has some great categories this year. Enchiladas, cupcakes, homemade pizza, best pumpkin recipe – oh my gosh! It’s going to be a major FoodFest! Some ol’ favorites are coming back – best cheesecake, salsa, all american pie. I love watching the judging on Culinary Styles – the contestants pace with anticipation, try to read the judges’ feelings in their facial expressions – it’s a hoot.

Deadlines are different for the competitions, so be sure to check the Web site for all the details.

So, wait are you waiting for? Sign up already!

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Calling All Cooks, Crafters and Kids

blueribbonAll right all you competitive souls of all ages – time to break out the recipes, sharpen those knitting needles and get your crayons and water paints ready. It’s contest time at the L.A. County Fair! There are blue ribbons to be won (and in some cases, cash!) That’s right – we are putting the call out for your best chocolate chip cookies, your best scrapbook page and for you youngsters, your best art work.

Culinary, home arts and kids contests and competitions are the heart of tradition here at the Fair. They’re fun and exciting, and our crew tries to keep them current by adding new additions each year.

OK, no shoving or hair pulling, no name calling. Everyone walks away with at least a participants ribbon and the knowledge that they tried their best! Here is a link to our competitions page. Make sure you read the rules and note that there are different deadlines for the competitions! So, what are you going to enter into the L.A. County Fair? Here are a few contests to think about:

Tablescaping – categories this year include Under the Sea, Motion Picture Perfect, Return of Romance.

In Culinary, there is the amazing perfect pasta sauce, best chocolate chip cookie, the always-fun BBQ contest, run for the fair (where contestants have to find ingredients for their masterpiece from food vendors at the Fair), newkidspam this year is the live cupcake decorating and, everyone’s favorite, SPAM!

America’s Kids has a ton of fun contests for kids, including art, sewing, cooking and events for families to enter.

Come on – enter! Next year it could be your picture up here holding the coveted blue ribbon!

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