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By Akasha Spino-Bybee
For The Sentinel 

State Fair's Creative Kids Exhibit puts children's changing skills on public display



KIDS' CREATIVITY ON DISPLAY: Past showings of Creative Kids' projects on display. The Washington State Fair is putting the show on again this year, inviting kids from around the state to participate.

Each year, children ages six to 15 from all over Washington State come to Puyallup with their families to enjoy the Washington State Spring Fair and to express their creativity in the warmth of a supportive crowd. The occasion is the Creative Kids Exhibit. There are several ways for kids to do this every day, but on Sunday, April 19, they will get the opportunity to be judged on one of these seven artistic categories:

• Art

• Baking and Confections

• Creative Writing

• Paper crafts

• Scrapbooking

• Photography

• Textiles

The fair lasts from April 16 to April 19, but participants will really feel the heat on Sunday, when their masterpieces will be out for the world-and the seven judges-to see. "The art entries and photography stand out for me, especially," says Karen LaFlamme, public relations spokesperson for the Washington State Fair. "They look so professional."

LaFlamme has attended every Creative Kids Exhibit for the past 26 years-she's seen it all. "This has been an event we've held for several years," she recalls. "It's very popular because it lets kids do the one thing they can't entirely do in school-it lets them express their creative side. I've seen over 1,000 kids enter each year."

While attending these exhibits, LaFlamme has not only seen changes in the art itself, but she's also seen changes in the kids and their pop culture. "You can see the changes in trends in their writing, especially now versus 25 years ago. We also see an equal number of boys and girls entering, it definitely shows how things have changed over time."

Children ages six through 15 are encouraged to enter their artworks in any of the seven categories for a chance to get the recognition for their talent that they deserve. "Each entry is great; they are all unique and reflect the individual child," says LaFlamme.

Entries must be made between Feb. 11 and April 10. Entries can be made online at or in-person by the entrant, teacher, or parent of the entrant at the north end of the pavilion on the first floor at the Washington State Fair Events Center on April 9 and 10 between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Each child who submits an entry receives a free admission ticket. For official rules, visit and for more information visit


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