FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Karen J. LaFlamme, (253) 841-5024 or cell (253) 691-2005

fairpr@thefair.com

With the theme of, "Up, Up and Away," quilters can take flight

with their high-flying quilt design in the 2003 Puyallup Fair Quilt

Challenge. In addition to the challenge, contests will be held in the large quilt and small quilt categories.

"Up, Up and Away" Quilt Challenge:

The first place winner of the "Up, Up and Away" quilt will receive $50, second place $30, and third place $20. Pre-registration must be received by August 15. Upon pre-registration, a 12-inch by 12-inch square of fabric, donated by Quilt Barn in Puyallup, will be sent to you. Quilt entries will be received August 22 and 23 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., or on August 24 between noon and 6 p.m.

The following rules apply:

1. Your creation must utilize all of the fabric provided. Additional "challenge" fabric may not be used.

2. Quilts must not exceed 72 inches length and width combined.

3. Additional fabrics, shape, techniques and embellishments are of your choice.

Large Quilt Contest

The Large Quilt Contest features a grand champion premium of a Baby Lock B15 sewing machine from Best Sewing and Vacuum Center/Tacony Corp. in University Place. First prize is $20, and second prize is $15 in the following categories: hand quilted, sewing machine quilted, miscellaneous quilting techniques, and group project. In the large quilt division, the quilts must have at least 140" length and width combined, with no repetitive pantograph quilts. Some things that the judges consider is: piecing/appliqué: technique, borders and

sashing; quilting design and technique; binding or edges; corners; marking or soil.

Small Quilt Contest

The Small Quilt Contest features a grand champion premium of a $100 gift certificate donated by Calico Cat and Bernina Too, Auburn. First prize is $20, and second prize is $15 in the following categories: Wall quilts-hand quilted; Wall quilts-machine quilted; Baby quilts-hand quilted; Baby quilts-machine quilted; group projects, miscellaneous quilting techniques, patchwork or quilted misc. items. Small quilts must be less than 140" length and width combined, with no repetitive pantograph quilts, and no framed quilts.

A professional/master quilters category is also offered.

The pre-registration form for the Quilt Challenge is available on the Fair website. Visit www.thefair.com and click on Premium Book, Home Arts, then go to the Quilt Division. Or, call (253) 841-5017 weekdays, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to receive a pre-registration

form. Please note:

1. All contestants must be at least 16-years-old.

2. Bring your quilt entry to the Home Arts Dept. on Aug. 22-23 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., or August 24 between noon and 6 p.m.

3. The Puyallup Fair's general rules and contest policies will apply.

For the sixth year, Kitchen Craft is sponsoring the Home Arts Dept. on the second floor of the Pavilion.

The Puyallup Fair first started in 1900. This Pacific Northwest

tradition features top name entertainment, the PRCA Rodeo, rides, exhibits, food, flowers, and animals. For further information about the Sept. 5-21, 2003 Puyallup Fair, visit our website at www.thefair.com or call the 24-hour hotline at (253) 841-5045.

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