Whatís the best part of a parade? Those beautiful floats that often beg the question, how did they do that? Kids in sixth, seventh and eighth grade will get a chance to show their design skills with the L.A County Fairís design a float concept competition. The winner of the competition will get a chance to see their work spotlighted for a glorious 3.5 miles during the 2004 Hollywood Christmas Parade. It is a perfect match since the L.A. County Fair and the Hollywood Christmas Parade have been Los Angeles County landmarks for a combined, remarkable 158 years. The LACF has six years seniority.
Will it have flowers? Will it have hay? Will there be animals on board? Imagination is the only limitation on what the Fair float will be. Following the guidelines, the float must tell the story of the L.A. County Fair. A barn and silo on the official layout sheet must be incorporated into the design. Watercolors, markers or colored pencils may be used but no computer-generated art. The top five entries will be on display and can be voted on in the Americaís Kids/Ed Expo building during the L.A. County Fair, Sept. 10-26. All prizewinners will be selected Oct. 1.
The grand prize winner will receive a laptop computer and will meet with a designer from Fiesta Floats who will design the life-size float. Other prizes include a $325 Ipod for the second place finisher. Third through fifth place entries will receive a gift certificate from a computer store for $200, $150 and $75, respectively.
Entry forms and a complete list of rules can be retrieved from the Fairís Web site, www.lacountyfair.com. The deadline to enter is June 30.