Design the Fair Poster!

Calling all artists, professional or hobbyists! For the first year ever, we’re having a poster design contest!

Entries are open to DC residents only of all ages. Deadline to submit your design is June 8, 2015. There is no set theme, but we do like to highlight the communal, artistic, and gardening spirit that has guided the DC State Fair so far.

As a prize for the contest, the 1st place winner’s design will be used for some of our marketing efforts for this year’s Fair. Additionally, we will write and promote an article about the artist. Ribbons will be given at the DC State Fair for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.

Some guidelines:

  • Original work only – please make sure your images and photos are copyright free
  • Limit your submission size to 11″ by 17″

Don’t forget to include the following details:

  • September 12, 2015
  • 12 PM – 8 PM
  • 925 Rhode Island Ave NW
  • Our logo: download here
  • Contests (you don’t have to fit them all)

SUBMIT YOUR DESIGN

It’s Seedling Swappin’ Time

14187416789_fdf9e33413_zWhether you’ve got lettuce and tomatoes, chard or okra…you name it, you can swap it! It’s finally warming up in the District, and for us, that means it’s seedling swappin’ time!

If you have extra seedlings this year – or want to add variety to your garden – come out to the DC State Fair’s annual seedling swap on May 9th from 10am to 12pm at Old City Farm and Guild (925 Rhode Island Ave NW). The event is free and registration is not required. Just bring your seedlings and be prepared to trade them in for new varieties.

Don’t have extra seedlings to swap? No problem. You can stop by and grab any additional seedlings left un-swapped or buy seedlings from Old City Farm and Guild.

We look forward to seeing you at the Seedling Swap!

Click HERE to view photos from last year’s Seedling Swap.

Join us at Eastern Market on April 25th

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We’ll be right behind Frager’s Lawn and Garden, near 7th & C

It’s never too early to start thinking about the DC State Fair! To get the word out to home growers, bakers, brewers, and Fair-lovers, we’ll have a table set up at Eastern Market on Saturday, April 25, from 9:00 am. to 4:00 pm.

Come show the Fair some love!

Stop by to pick up free seeds for your garden or use them to grow seedlings to exchange at our upcoming Seedling Swap.

We’ll also be hosting a composting demo at 2:30 pm. Even urban gardeners with limited space can adopt these easy techniques to enrich garden soil while reducing food waste.

There’ll also be DC State Fair merchandise for sale, flyers you can pick up to share with friends and neighbors, and the opportunity to give us your input on what you’d like to see at this year’s Fair.

We will see you there!

Join DC State Fair Board of Directors

Board members Anna and  Torrance having a blast at the 2014 Fair.

Board members Anna and Torrance having a blast at the 2014 Fair.

We are seeking two new members of DC State Fair’s Board of Directors.

If you have experience with nonprofit management, event planning, organizational development, website development, or deep roots in the District, a community development and engagement background, or just a passion to bring agricultural, culinary, and arts education to the community to develop and encourage neighborly showcasing of talent and competition, then we want you to apply (application info below).

About DC State Fair

DC is home to gardeners, cooks, bakers, photographers, artists—and yet we didn’t have a state fair to celebrate the home-grown talents of the District. In 2010, that all changed: The first-ever DC State Fair was held to showcase the talents of DC’s residents. We are looking forward to making the 2015 Fair the best yet!

DC State Fair is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization.

Responsibilities

The following duties are the responsibility of the leaders of DC State Fair and may be performed primarily by Board members: Direct the efforts of the various committees (Volunteer, Contests, Events, Community Outreach, Development Committees and Subcommittees [Board members are encouraged to participate in committee operations but do not necessarily need to act as committee chairs]); liaise with DC-based and other local organizations and businesses that complement and/or support the DC State Fair mission; ensure stable financial and legal standing (primarily performed by the CFO on the Board); offer programming and events throughout the year, in addition to the main Fair, possibly in collaboration with organizations that align with DC State Fair’s mission.

Time Commitment

Board members will attend regular meetings beginning in January or February and intermittent committee/volunteer management duties depending on chosen role. From May until the Fair in September, our work intensifies. The Board of Directors will have the greatest time commitment during this period. The overall commitment can range from 4 hours a month during the planning stages to 10+ hours a week as the event approaches, depending on role and personal availability. These are strictly volunteer opportunities.

Term of Office

Board members serve two-year terms, with overlapping terms (three members will finish their first year as the other two finish their second).

To apply, please e-mail your resume and a letter of intent to info@dcstatefair.org. The deadline to apply is January 30, 2015.

Come One, Come All to the 5th Annual DC State Fair

7530239486_d09e9ca10f_bCome one, come all to the 5th Annual DC State Fair!

Contestants are gearing up for competition and putting their game faces on. Their jams and jellies are packed away waiting to be tasted, delicious ice cream is cooling in the freezer, and fruits and veggies are scrubbed up, ready for competition.

Now it’s up to you to come, see the judges in action, enjoy some good DC cookin’, shop for local art and end the day with a drink in our Biergarten. Have kids? Bring them to the Kids Corner where they’ll be entertained for hours.

Don’t forget to invite your friends! And if they ask, “What? DC has a state fair?” tell them it’s true! DC’s had a Fair for five years and it truly is a showcase of the artistic, culinary and agricultural talent that resides in DC.

A big thanks to our sponsors, judges and volunteers, for without them, the event wouldn’t be happening tomorrow from 12 to 7 at Old City Farm and Guild.

Let There Be Beer!

For the first time in its history, the DC State Fair will be able to showcase local beer and other local drinks as part of the Fair’s activities.

Photo courtesy Union Kitchen.

Photo courtesy Union Kitchen.

A Biergarten will be open at the fairgrounds from 3 to 7 pm this Saturday, thanks to sponsorship by Union Kitchen. DC Brau, as well as wine, Bourbon & Byrd spirits and other specialty cocktails/mocktails will be sold at the Biergarten.

If you’re not a beer drinker, the Biergarten will be serving cocktails, such as the Bourbon & Byrd. It’s a refreshing drink of bourbon mixed with Runningbyrd Tea, the latter of which is crafted at Union Kitchen.

But we all know, it wouldn’t be a Biergarten without the brews. And DC Brau, Washington, D.C.’s first packaging brewery since 1956, will be selling a variety owif their award nning beers. The brewery opened in 2009 and is located in Northeast D.C.

“Buying local has so many upsides! Not only does it help stir the local economy by creating jobs and keeping food production within our city, it’s amazing to be in direct contact with the people making your food (and other locally made products),” says Gauri Sarin, co-owner and director of catering and special events for Union Kitchen. “It’s all about creating a community.”

Union Kitchen, located in Northeast D.C., is a food startup incubator. Numerous small businesses, such as Fair sponsors Thunder Beast, Tres Creole and Whisked, have had their start in the Kitchen’s 7,300 square foot warehouse.

IDs will be checked at the entrance to the Biergarten and over-21 guests will receive a wristband. Pricing will be between $5-7 for all alcoholic beverages. Tickets will be sold at the entrance that can be used to redeem for drinks at the bar.

Quick Change for Flower Arranging!

We’ve been taking a look for the rules on the Mason Jar Flower Arranging competition and we need to change one of the requirements.

Instead of flowers having to be grown in the District, they have to be purchased in the District. We’d prefer if you bought from local markets and farms. Extra points will be awarded to flowers grown in D.C., but it is no longer a requirement.

There is no entry deadline for this competition, but we highly recommend you fill out the form before dropping off your entry at the Fair this Saturday.

Thanks!

ENTRY FORM