SALEM, Ore. -

Oregonians still have time to enter Creative and Artistic competitions at the 149th Oregon State Fair, which will be held August 22 through September 1. Competition participation is more convenient than ever this year, thanks to online registration and remote intake and pickup sites located throughout Oregon.

The online registration deadline for all Creative and Artistic Competitions is Thursday, August 7, 2014. As in years past, participants may register and deliver items in person to the fairgrounds located at 2330 17th St. NE in Salem. Deliveries will be accepted daily from noon to 8pm, August 9 through 12. Some departments have different deadlines: Baked Foods are due August 19; entries for Floral and Farm & Garden will be accepted on August 21.

Participants also have the option of dropping off nonperishable items to locations in Bend, Medford, Portland, Hillsboro, Gresham, Springfield and Pendleton, as well as other areas. For a complete list of remote intake locations and details, visit the Oregon State Fair website at: www.oregonstatefair.org/competitions/creative-artistic/general-information/.
Items submitted at remote locations will be returned to those same locations.

Oregon artisans may enter as many creative departments as their time and skills allow. With exceptions noted below, there is no fee to participate in Creative and Artistic competitions, and handbooks detailing drop-off dates and participation guidelines for each department are available online at www.oregonstatefair.org/competitions/creative-artistic/. This year's Creative and Artistic competition departments include the following:

* Arts (fine art, photography, poetry) (*fee to participate)
* Baked Foods
* Decorated Cakes
* Farm and Garden
* Floral Hobbies and Collectibles
* Honey and Products of the Hive
* Needlework and Clothing
* Paper Arts
* Preserved Foods
* Quilting (*fee to participate)
* Spinning and Weaving
* Table Decorating
* Woodworking

Questions about the Creative and Artistic competitions can be asked via email sent to OSF.2014@oregon.gov or by calling 503-881-3594. Additional information is available online at www.oregonstatefair.org/competitions/creative-artistic/.

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The 149th Oregon State Fair takes place August 22 through September 1, 2014. Fair admission is reduced this year to $8 per person (ages 12 and up) and $6 (ages 6 to 11 and 62 and over). Oregon State Fair thanks its sponsors: Chemeketa Community College, NW Chevy Dealers, CHS Nutrition, Columbia Distributing, Comcast, Dairy Farmers of Oregon, Green Acres Landscape, Inc., Les Schwab, National Guard, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Oregon Lottery, Ricoh, Safeway, Sleep Country USA, and Wilco. Additional information about the fair is available at www.oregonstatefair.org.