When the L.A. County Fair opens Sept. 10, A Tapestry of Tradition, the popular creative home arts exhibit, will present participants and visitors with more opportunities and a larger location to partake in all the wonderful contests and demonstrations the department has been known for the past 82 years.
The exhibit, presented by The Gas Company, will welcome Fairguests to its new home in The Village on Broadway under the grandstand during the 17 days of the Fair, through Sept. 26. Formerly home to Education Expo, The Village on Broadway offers more space for entry displays for the numerous contests, larger demonstrations from companies like Lawry’s and more presentation space for the fourth annual fairtime quilt show. Education Expo is moving to Fairplex 7A.
The Fair has showcased the efforts of some of the country’s finest cooks and crafters, bakers and quilters, seamstresses and knitters through its A Tapestry of Tradition exhibit. For every difference that makes us unique, there is a common thread that connects us all. We share a love of home and community. These common threads form a beautiful tapestry, of which all people and cultures are proud. The exhibitors share their time-honored crafts and talents in this department for all to view, and each of their entries show the love and pride of their work, thereby contributing to A Tapestry of Tradition.
This year, A Tapestry of Tradition has a number of returning popular competitions and programs along with some new ones. The quilt show will run throughout the Fair. Enjoy the beauty and talent expressed in each handcrafted quilt on display. Attend a workshop and learn to create a quilt and other quilting projects (fee required). Learn the art of free motion machine quilting with Tecla. See the winning entries of the exciting P&B Textile 2004 Quilt Block Challenge.
Besides the popular baked food and confections and preserved foods competitions, there are more contests open to the public. The popular Weber Barbecue contest returns for its 22nd year on Saturday, Sept. 25. Cooks turn into magicians, showing the magic they can create on a grill with chicken, fish, beef or pork. Also returning are breadworld.com’s Bread competition, parent-child tablescaping, Phebie’s Needle Art knit speed and knitted vest challenge, the Salsa and Mexican Classics contest and George’s Cheesecake competition.
New contests this year are Family Favorite Chili, the Great Biscuit Mix, Ghirardelli Chocolate Championship and Herb-Ox Bouillon Best Recipe. And, of course, there will be plenty of Spam, Spam and Spam with the Spam “Kid Chef of the Year” recipe competition and the adult Spam recipe contest. All contests and cooking demonstrations will be held at The Gas Company Kitchen, where Lawry’s will also host demonstrations featuring its products.
A Tapestry of Tradition continues its “Works from the Heart” projects including Help A Child Smile with exhibitors donating dolls and toys to children at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center. Also, Warm Up America will present afghans to the homeless, made entirely of knit or crocheted blocks donated by hundreds of caring people who support and visit the Fair. Project Linus quilts will be donated to children with cancer, and is supported by quilted blocks donated by the participants of the P&B Textile Quilt Block competition from the 2003 Fair.
For more information on A Tapestry of Tradition or its numerous contests, call the 24-hour voice mail at (909) 865-4564 or visit the Fair Web site at www.