Family Arts

Family Arts Overview
People’s Choice Contests
Daily Contests
Open Class Competitions
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Family Arts Overview

The Marion County Fair’s Family Arts Building hosts entries from a large variety of Family Arts contests! Competitions showcased in the Family Arts Building are broken into 3 categories…

  • People’s Choice Contests where the fairgoers get to select winners!
  • Daily Contests where special judges will examine entries and offer real-time feedback as they vote on winners during the event!
  • Open Class Competitions where entries will be judged prior to the fair opening and awards / ribbons will be placed on entries for fairgoers to see!

Competition Entry Information

Each competition / contest above has multiple entry categories. Those details, contest rules and entry forms can be found in the Family Arts Book. A short summary of each competition / contest is also available below.

Please note that entries for the People’s Choice Contest and Open Class Competitions are due to the fair on Sunday, June 16th between 1p-5p. Please plan accordingly!

Family Arts Book

Click to download Family Arts Book with contest rules & entry forms.

Other Family Arts Fun!

Each night we welcome you to join us for some interesting topics by some of our sponsors.

  • Jewelry Crafting
  • Paint Demonstrating
  • Leather Crafting
  • Sketch Art
  • Blown Glass
  • Cake Decorating
  • Candle Making
  • Homemade soaps and lotions

Become a Sponsor!

Interesting in sponsoring the Family Arts Building or any of the competitions featured in the Family Art Building? Or perhaps you know of someone who might? Check out our Become a Sponsor page and help support the 501(c)3 not-for-profit Marion County Fair!

People’s Choice Contests!

General Information

There are 3 categories for the People’s Choice Contests (described below). Items will be left on display throughout the fair for fairgoers to vote on their favorites.

Pinterest Inspired Picture Frames

Bring in your “Pinterest-inspired” picture frames. Let the artist in you frame your kid’s artwork, favorite photos, or nothing at all. Paint, stain or decorate your frame multi-media. Item needs to be able to hang or free-stand. Take a look on Pinterest and find your favorite inspiration to get the most votes!

Mason Jar Contest

Mason jars serve many other purposes than just canning. Bring in a decorated mason jar that you hand-crafted at home. This can include seasonal décor, holiday decorations, or any other creative piece that inspires you.

String Art

Show us your creative designs using wood, nails and string (can include string, thread, or fibers). This can be a great decorative item with minimal supplies. Items must be able to be hung or stand freely.

Daily Contests!

General Information

A new competition each day (and sometimes 2 competitions in a day)! Contest entries are accepted up to 2 hours prior to judging. Winners will be awarded at conclusion of the contest that day/night.

Contest Details

FRIDAY, JUNE 21st ~ JUDGING – 7 pm BROWNIE BAKING CONTEST
Sponsored by Jeannie Grant, Realtor, Century 21 Scheetz

SATURDAY, JUNE 22nd ~ JUDGING – 3 pm WATERMELON SEED-SPITTIN’ CONTEST
Sponsored by Simply Self Storage – Pucker up and spit that seed in the targets! Come join us for a Hoosier fair favorite. The targets will be set up for accuracy and other fun goals. Get to practicing! Prizes are ribbons only. NO entry fees for this.

SUNDAY, JUNE 23rd ~ JUDGING – 3 PM CORNBREAD CONTEST
Sponsored by Waterman’s Family Farm – Cornbread is an old Indiana favorite! Does your cornbread include corn, creamed corn, jalapeños, or brown sugar? There are so many ways to “spice up” or sweeten your cornbread. Enter your family favorite recipe to include 6 servings. No entry fee.

MONDAY, JUNE 24th ~ JUDGING – 7 PM BOX IT UP RECIPES
Sponsored by G & W Excavators – Start your recipe with any boxed mix and then add your secret ingredients to make it your own creation. This can be a dessert or a side dish. Bring your recipe with ingredients listed to surprise us all! Needs to make at least six (6) servings. No Entry fee.

TUESDAY, JUNE 25th ~ JUDGING – 7 PM CHEESECAKE CONTEST
Sponsored by Crystal D. Pulley, Attorney at Law – Who doesn’t love a great, creamy cheesecake? Start practicing with your favorite ingredients up until fair time to perfect that masterpiece that the judges will savor all night long. Plain, chocolate or with fruit; all are welcome. Ingredients are to be from scratch. No boxed mixes. Bragging rights permitted. Recipe required. Entry fee.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26th ~ JUDGING – 7 PM SALSA DIP CONTEST
Sponsored by Franklin Township Civic League – OLE! Let’s get this party started! Bring in your favorite homemade salsa dip to spice up this evening. Hot. Mild. Even in-between. A great salsa is the perfect addition to lots of Hoosier dishes so let’s see which one will really hit the spot! Don’t forget your recipe! Entry fee.

THURSDAY, JUNE 27th ~ JUDGING – 7 PM CANDY CONTEST
Sponsored by 1st Choice Carpet Cleaning – Who doesn’t love an assortment of homemade sweets? Whip up your best chocolates, hard candy, taffy, toffee, truffles, turtles or holiday inspired candy. Any old or new recipe will do! NO Entry fee. Prizes given.

FRIDAY, JUNE 28th ~ JUDGING – 7 PM ADULT & CHILD COOKIE CONTEST
Sponsored by Mac’s Hair Place – What is more fun and memorable than baking with your children and grandchildren? Think your adult & child baking skills are a force to be reckoned with? Create your best cookie recipe with your favorite children. These can be old fashioned, new age or holiday-inspired. Don’t forget to include your recipe. NO Entry fee.

SATURDAY, JUNE 29th ~ JUDGING – 6 PM GLUTEN FREE DESSERTS
Sponsored by Flashbacks Family Bar & Grill – Show everyone that Gluten Free desserts can be delicious. Gluten free cooking has come a long way. Please make sure your recipe is included. Please bring enough for 6 servings. Entry fee.

SUNDAY, JUNE 30th ~ JUDGING – 3 P.M. APPLE PIE CONTEST
Sponsored by Hunter’s Painting – FAIR FAVORITE!! Bring in your homemade apple pie. Be it traditional or you are trying something new, share your best pie making skills at the Fair. Make sure you invite all your friends and family to come watch you win with your mouth-watering entry! Recipes required. Entry fee.

Open Class Competitions!

Open Class competitions

Each category below has multiple sub-categories within it, so please download the family arts book via the button at the top to learn more and / or enter the competitions.

Home Arts Competitions

Crocheting
Knitting
Needlework
Sewing
Quilts
Basketry
Flower Arrangements
Jewelry
Leather
Woodworking
Holiday Decorations
Memory Books
Wreaths
Heat Transfer Vinyl
Items 50 years or older
Other (all encompassing for those not listed above)

Photography Competitions

Black & White, Toned or Color

  • Portraits
  • Flora
  • Fauna
  • Human Interest
  • Unclassified

Fine Arts Competitions

Paintings
Watercolor
Prints
Drawings & Pastels
Calligraphy
Ceramics
China Painting

Culinary Arts Competitions

Quick Breads
Yeast Bread
Bread Machine
Cakes (whole)
Decorated Cake
Pies (whole)
Cookies
Candy
Brownies

Food Preservation Competitions

Jellies
Butters
Preserves
Jams
Marmalade
Pickles
Fruit
Vegetable
Dehydrated Foods