The Madison County Fair kicked off its 37th year with the Photography, Art and Handcraft Show on March 11th. The Handcraft Division is comprised of three categories: Crafts, Woodworking, and Textile. Entries are judge on quality of workmanship, creativity, finish and general project qualities. Judges Malaina Watson and Brittney Boyd, from Sam Houston State University, conducted interviews with each student as well, grading their knowledge of the project and the degree of project difficulty. The Handcraft entries displayed the talent, time and effort each student put into creating their masterpiece.
The Photography Division included beautiful pictures of animals, people, scenery and western style. Judging classes included in the show are Sub-junior, Junior, Senior and Open. All entries must be from amateur photographers. Photos of each class (excluding Open) are judged on focus, exposure, lighting, quality, subject, composition, impact and uniqueness together as one category, and a Grand and Reserve over-all winner is chosen. The Open Class has one Grand and one Reserve over-all winner for its class.
The Art Division exhibited the personality and style of each student artist. An amazing display of technique and diversity could be found in both the Monochromatic and Color categories. Exhibitors were separated into three division groups; Sub-junior (grades 3-5), Junior (grades 6-8), and Senior (grades 9-12). All entries presented an agricultural idea or western heritage theme. Ribbons were awarded to first through fifth place.
All Grand and Reserve place winners of each category will be auctioned during the Family and Consumer Sciences Auction on Saturday, April 1st at 6:30pm. This sale will also include winning entries from the Food Show, which will be held on Mar. 25.