Three budding designers earned top prizes in the annual L.A. County Fair Design-a-Float Competition. Melany Bennett, an 8th grader from Jane Warner School in Altadena took the $1,000 grand prize for her float design. The $500 second-place winner was Jenna Russell, an 8th grader from Quail School in Phelan. Third prize and a $300 award went to Lane Erickson, an 8th grader at Calle Mayor Middle School in Torrance.
The theme for the competition was My Day at the Fair. The competition was open to students in grades 6 through 8. Each entry for a float design concept told the story of an ideal day at the L.A. County Fair and was limited to the contestantís original design and artwork using watercolors, markers or colored pencils. Judges made their decision based on appearance, neatness, creativity, theme and originality.
Melany will assist Fair designers and builders in the concept for construction of her float for the daily parades during the Fair, Sept. 7-30. Her design will take shape as a parade float through the efforts of Fiesta Parade Floats in Pasadena, the award-winning designers of Tournament of Roses parade floats. Fiesta has won the Rose Parade Sweepstakes Award for the past 12 years. Fiestaís vice president/floral director and co-owner, Jim Hynd, has been associated with the Fair for 22 years, most recently as coordinator for the Flower and Garden Pavilion.
All three competition winners will be invited to ride on the winning float in the Fairís Opening Day parade.
To view a reproduction of the finalistsí artwork, go to www.lacountyfair.com, Competitions and Results. /b.js>