Home arts – from apple pies to hand-made quilts, from pottery to jellies and jams – are the essence of county fair tradition. The 2008 L.A. County Fair proudly preserves this cultural heritage in Tapestry at the Village on Broadway, presenting traditional home crafts and products and providing educational classes that promote home arts to others.
If there’s a home craft, it’s likely that Tapestry has a contest or a competition for it – from Christmas-Tree decorating to hand painted china, from scrap-booking to quilting and needlepoint, from mosaics to decorating there’s a world of award-winning handcrafts on display.
Fairguests can view thousands of hand-crafted entries and learn how to create them, too. A variety of hands-on workshops let you try it yourself or watch the hundreds of demonstrations throughout Tapestry all day, everyday. Spend the afternoon learning to crochet and knit in the Knitting Lounge, throw a pot in the pottery studio or make something out of nothing in “Trash to Treasure” demonstrations. In Tapestry, “I wish I could do that!” becomes “Look what I just created!”
The Tablescaping competition, a Fair favorite, displays winning entries in Tapestry. This year’s themes are: Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Is Chocolate a Food Group?, It’s a Global Market and Think Green Sustainability. These table settings are real art pieces, so feel free to take some ideas home for your own table.
Giving back. Make a quilt block for the P&B Textiles 2008 Quilt Block Challenge and your handiwork will become part of a quilt for Project Linus, an organization that donates quilts to children with cancer. After judging entries in the Plush Toy Program, the Fair distributes stuffed animals, dolls and teddy bears to Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center for distribution to pediatric surgery patients.
The L.A. County Fair is Sept. 5 – 28, closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Live thoroughbred racing is Sept. 5 – 22, closed Tuesdays. For more information, visit the Web site at www.lacountyfair.com.