Crafts & Collections , Dept. 23
Crafts & Collections
- Judging Criteria
- Special Category
- Youth Entries
- Visit Crafts & Collections
2023 Entry Instructions
ONLINE ENTRY IS PREFERRED. To be an Exhibitor, click on the Online Entry link and follow the instructions. The alternate way to enter is to print out the offline entry form, fill it out, and mail it in according to the deadline outlined on the form and on the Entry Deadlines and Delivery Schedule page. (Please contact your Department if you are unable to print the entry form.)
- Entries must be entirely the work of the exhibitor.
- Articles previously exhibited at the Durham Fair will not be accepted.
- The judges’ decisions are final. The Danish system is used whereby each entry is judged on its own merit. Multiple awards may be given in each class.
- Items must be clean and free of dust, dirt, animal hair or other debris. Unclean items will not be accepted. Department leadership reserves the right to not judge or display any items that do not meet these exhibit standards.
- When possible, a committee member oversees the Department at all times during the Fair. The building is locked at night and security guards are on duty. However, the Fair is not responsible for anything damaged, lost or stolen.
- Committee will be responsible for displaying craft items; items will be moved during set-up of crafts exhibits.
- Exhibitors may submit ONLY 1 ENTRY IN EACH category or subcategory.
- Multiple Items within the same category will not be accepted unless part of a related set. Acceptance of sets is at the discretion of department leadership.
- Any entry which requires hanging must be equipped with screw eyes, hooks, wire or other necessary hardware.
- Professionals may enter exhibits in all categories, however they must do so under their personal name. A professional is one who sells the articles exhibited. The department will not display promotional items or company names/logos within the exhibit displays or on item tags.
- Please DESCRIBE THE EXHIBIT on the entry form. DO NOT LIST the category description.
- Items created using Silhouette/Cricut or other laser-cut tools must include an index card noting which elements were crafted using machining.
- Exhibitors may share any information with your entry that might be helpful to fairgoers; please include no more than 2 index cards or one 8.5" × 11" page.
- No articles made from kits will be accepted EXCEPT in categories indicated. Crafts made from Diamond Art kits will NOT be accepted.
- Exhibits may be picked up between 6 and 7:30 PM on Sun. and between 4 and 7 PM on Mon. following the Fair.
- Collections exhibitors must be 14 years of age or older. Collections are judged on display as well as contents.
- Cases will be assigned per exhibitor, on a first-come, first-served basis (no more than 2 cases per exhibitor unless extra cases are available; please contact the assistant superintendent from Collections). Requested sizes will be provided where possible. Only 18 cases of each size case are available.
- Limited space for “outside collections” is available on a first-come, first-served basis and are limited to footprints no larger than 4' × 5'. Please indicate required space on entry form.
- Six "triangle" cases are available for collections (29W × 20D × 24H); cases will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Please indicate interest on entry form. We will work to accommodate all requests for collection display cases.
- For safety reasons, exhibits may not include firearms or live ammunition.
Collections will be judged on the following elements:
Craft entries will be judged on the following elements:
- Aesthetic Quality (composition, balance, design)
2023 Themed Rosette: Inspired by Food
The 2023 Themed Rosette is Inspired by Food. Items entered into ANY of our regular Crafts or Collections categories will be considered for this Rosette if the entry fits the special category theme, as well as any of the other awards or rosettes for which that item is eligible. Exhibitors no longer need to enter an item into the Special Category to be eligible for this award. Please do not include any actual food or perishable items as part of your entry.
- Themed Rosette: Inspired by Food
- 1st: $8 and ribbon
- 2nd: $6 and ribbon
- 3rd: $4 and ribbon
- 4th: Ribbon only
- Rosette: Best Collection of Dolls or Toys
- Rosette: Best Collection of Antiques
- Rosette: Best Display
- Special Rosette: Best of Show, Collection
- 1st: $8 and ribbon
- 2nd: $6 and ribbon
- 3rd: $4 and ribbon
- 4th: ribbon only
- Rosette: Best Christmas Article
- Rosette: Best Other Holiday
- Rosette: Best Wooden Article
- Rosette: Best Toy or Doll
- Rosette: Best Jewelry
- Rosette: Best Pottery
- Rosette: Best of Early American Crafts
- Rosette: Best Hand Painted Article
- Rosette: Best Craft by Senior Citizen
- Special Rosette: Best of Show, Crafts
Cheryle M. King Memorial Crafters Award
A special award will be given for a craft voted on by the Craft and Collections Committee in memory of Cheryle M. King, former Asst. Superintendent for Crafts. The award will be a Special Ribbon and inscription on a plaque with the winners name permanently displayed in the Department’s Best of the Best.
Frederick J. Mastele Memorial Collections Award
A special award will be given for a collection voted on by the Craft and Collections Committee in memory of Frederick J. Mastele, former Asst. Superintendent for Collections. The award will be a Special Ribbon and inscription on a plaque with the winners name permanently displayed in the Department’s Best of the Best.
TABLE OF CATEGORIES
|Class Code & Name||$ Prize Amount|
a) D20 x W31 x H12
b) D24 x W31 x H15
c) D28 x W31 x H18
|C01||Durham Fair memorabilia||8||6||4|
|C02||Animals - glass, wood, etc.||8||6||4|
|C03||Antique - pre 1970||8||6||4|
|C04||Collectibles—bells, spoons, coins, stamps, etc.||8||6||4|
|C05||Dishes or glass||8||6||4|
|C08||Memorabilia—sports, trip, events, etc.||8||6||4|
|D01||Bird house or feeder||8||6||4|
|D04||Decorated pumpkin, uncut||8||6||4|
|D11||Table or mantel decoration—other than holiday||8||6||4|
|D12||Wall hanging made from natural materials||8||6||4|
|D13||Wall hanging—other. No purchased puzzles or kits||8||6||4|
|D14||Painting—country folk art||8||6||4|
|D15||Painting on fabric||8||6||4|
|D16||Painting on wood||8||6||4|
|D17||Painting on other material||8||6||4|
|D18||Ceramics—decorative item (Made with a clay poured into a preformed mold and set or kiln-fired; may be decorated with paint or glaze)||8||6||4|
|D19||Ceramics—food dish (Made with a clay poured into a preformed mold and set or kiln-fired; may be decorated with paint or glaze)||8||6||4|
|D20||Ceramics—holiday item (Made with a clay poured into a preformed mold and set or kiln-fired; may be decorated with paint or glaze)||8||6||4|
|D21||Ceramics—other (Made with a clay poured into a preformed mold and set or kiln-fired; may be decorated with paint or glaze)||8||6||4|
|D22||Ceramics—vase or urn (Made with a clay poured into a preformed mold and set or kiln-fired; may be decorated with paint or glaze)||8||6||4|
|Early American crafts|
|E01||Early American Basket||8||6||4|
|E02||Early American Chair caning||8||6||4|
|E03||Early American Dyed spun yarn||8||6||4|
|E04||Early American Scherrenschnitte||8||6||4|
|E05||Early American Stenciling||8||6||4|
|E06||Early American Theorems||8||6||4|
|E07||Early American Undyed spun yarn||8||6||4|
|Early American crafts—weaving|
|E08||Early American Kitchen item||8||6||4|
|E09||Early American Wearable & accessories||8||6||4|
|E10||Early American Rug||8||6||4|
|E11||Early American Tablecloths/runners||8||6||4|
|E012||Early American Pillows||8||6||4|
|E013||Early American Weaving—miscellaneous||8||6||4|
|H01||Christmas mantel or table decoration||8||6||4|
|H04||Christmas tree ornaments—up to 5||8||6||4|
|H07||Holiday decoration—other than holidays listed||8||6||4|
|J01||Necklace—beaded: natural or manmade materials||8||6||4|
|J02||Necklace—metal work: any metal hammered, soldered, wire wrap etc. May incorporate stones or beads||8||6||4|
|J03||Necklace—pot luck: any materials including fabric, odds & ends, interesting things||8||6||4|
|J04||Bracelet—beaded: natural or manmade materials||8||6||4|
|J05||Bracelet—metal work: any metal hammered, soldered, wire wrap, etc. May incorporate stones or beads||8||6||4|
|J06||Bracelet—pot luck: any materials including fabric, odds & ends, interesting things||8||6||4|
|J07||Earrings—beaded: natural or manmade materials||8||6||4|
|J08||Earrings—metal work: any metal hammered, soldered, wire wrap etc. May incorporate stones or beads||8||6||4|
|J09||Earrings—pot luck: any materials including fabric, odds & ends, interesting things||8||6||4|
|J10||Pins—beaded: natural or manmade materials||8||6||4|
|J11||Pins—metal work: any metal hammered, soldered, wire wrap, etc. May incorporate stones or beads||8||6||4|
|J12||Pins—pot luck: any materials including fabric, odds & ends, interesting things||8||6||4|
|J14||Jewelry set—any medium||8||6||4|
|M01||Article from recycled material—Not from pallet||8||6||4|
|M02||Article from repurposed pallet||8||6||4|
|M03||Carving—other than wood||8||6||4|
|M09||Model Original or design from kit||8||6||4|
|M11||Restoration, Other than wood: must be accompanied by before picture||8||6||4|
|M12||Miscellaneous Craft (please specify in entry)||8||6||4|
|M13||Doll, Toy or Game—Not wood||8||6||4|
|M16||Doll House—Furniture: up to 3 pieces||8||6||4|
|M17||Fairy Garden—Handcrafted elements; No live plants||8||6||4|
|M18||Paper Craft—Not scherrenschnitte||8||6||4|
|M21||Costume – Handcrafted, Mixed Media||8||6||4|
|M22||Costume – Mask or Accessory||8||6||4|
|P04||Pottery—Hand Built—Vessel w/lid||8||6||4|
|P05||Pottery—Hand Built—Vessel w/handle||8||6||4|
|P06||Pottery—Hand Built—Miniature item 3"||8||6||4|
|P07||Pottery—Hand Built—12 inches or larger||8||6||4|
|P11||Pottery—Wheel Thrown—Vessel w/lid||8||6||4|
|P12||Pottery—Wheel Thrown—Vessel w/handle||8||6||4|
|P13||Pottery—Wheel Thrown—Miniature 3"||8||6||4|
|P14||Pottery—Wheel Thrown—12" or larger||8||6||4|
|Woodworking, Leather & Metal-Work|
|W01||Leather—Tooling, lacing, etc.||8||6||4|
|W03||Metalwork—Other than jewelry||8||6||4|
|W04||Wood—Three dimensional carving||8||6||4|
|W07||Wood Item—Relief carving||8||6||4|
|W12||Wood Item—Other (please specify in entry)||8||6||4|
|W14||Wood Restoration—must be accompanied by before picture||8||6||4|
|W15||Large Wood Item—Chest||8||6||4|
|W16||Large Wood Item—Table/Desk||8||6||4|
|W17||Large Wood Item—Cabinet||8||6||4|
|W18||Large Wood Item—Other (please specify in entry)||8||6||4|
|W19||Small Wood Item—Lamp||8||6||4|
|W20||Small Wood Item—Box||8||6||4|
|W21||Small Wood Item—Other (please specify in entry)||8||6||4|
- Kristy King
42 Edwards Rd.
Durham, CT 06422
- Amy King Painter
Asst. Superintendent, Crafts
30 Maple St.
Rockfall, CT 06481
- Pam Hogarth
Asst. Superintendent, Collections
20 Bernadette Lane
Durham, CT 06422
- Jessica Babbitt
- Amanda Caccamo
- Danielle DiCostanzo
- Jeff DiCostanzo
- Amy Dills
- Devin Emanuele
- Eileen Graves
- Charlene Hicks
- Abby Smith
- Joe King
- Lily King
- Jean MacDonald
- Brenda Marino
- Cheryl Mastele
- Emma Painter
- Kennedy Painter
- KJ Painter
- Debbie Rossi
- Jim Rossi
- Nancy Stevens
- Laurie Saulnier
- Tessa Thomas
- Kathy Twombly
- Meredith Villwock
- Sharen Winter