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Department III - Open Class
Division E - Open Class Photography

​Dale & Colleen Easley, Superintendents 360-561-0075


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  1. Obtain an entry for the ‘Open Class Photographic Exhibition’, available from Wednesday, July 1st, 2020 through Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020 at Beard’s Framing, Fred Meyer Shopping Center, Lacey; Olympia Framemakers, 1822 Harrison Avenue on Olympia’s Westside; or at The Thurston County Fair website or office. Fill out the form completely following the detailed instructions on the back of the entry form as shown in 2 and 3 below. Entry forms will also be available on both Friday, July 24th, 4pm to 7 pm and Saturday, July 25th, 10 am to 4 pm, at the Photo Entry Desk in the Hobbies/Craft Building, Thurston County Fairgrounds. Deliver your prints as detailed in 4, below.
  2. Exhibitor number is the first letter of your last name plus the last 4 numbers of your Social Security Number or phone number. Any 4 digit number may be substituted for the last 4 of your Social Security Number.
  3. Enter the following in the upper left corner on the back of EACH PRINT mount. (Prints will become separated from the entry form.) This information is essential:
    • Title of your print
    • Your exhibitor number (see #2 above)
    • Your full name
    • Your complete address
    • Your phone number
    • Lot and class
    • Print number (taken from the line on the entry form)
  4. From July 1st until July 22nd prints may be delivered to: OLYMPIA FRAMEMAKERS 1822 Harrison Ave, Olympia; BEARD’S FRAMING, Fred Meyer Shopping Center, Lacey. Prints may also be delivered to the Photo Entry Desk in the Hobbies/Craft Building, Thurston County Fairgrounds on Friday, July 24th between 4pm to 7pm, AND Saturday, July 25th between 10am and 4pm.


  1. The exhibitor of the picture must be the original maker of the image.
  2. Prints will be accepted only on the Saturday prior to the Fair between the hours of 10am and 4pm. Early entries will be accepted as in #4, above.
  3. Prints entered MUST be identified with the following information printed clearly in the upper left corner on the BACK of each print mount.
    (see #3, above).
  4. Any print with any identifying words or logo on the front will be disqualified from judging and "Peoples Choice" awards but will still be displayed at the fair.
  5. All exhibits must be mounted and/or matted. Foam core mounts and/ or matte board style is preferred. Framed prints, metal prints, and prints mounted with wood, glass or acrylic will not be accepted.
  6. No hooks or wires are to be placed on the back of the print mounts.
  7. A maximum of 8 prints will be accepted from each exhibitor. A maximum of 5 prints may be entered in any one "Lot"
  8. The minimum entry size is 8" x 10" and the maximum entry size is 16" x 24". Entry sizes will be measured, including matte (if applicable). Odd sized entries are acceptable so long as the shortest side is no longer than 16" and the longest side is no more than 24". Panorama images are an exception to this rule but may not exceed a 12" x 36" measurement.
  9. An entry may contain multiple images on one mat or mount so long as dimensions in rule #8 are not exceeded. Multiple image entries will be judged as a single entry.
  10. Hand colored black and white prints are acceptable in the Black and White category, so long as there is only one color in addition to black and white. Any entry with two or more additional colors will be considered a color print.
  11. An exhibitor may not make multiple copies of an image and enter them into different lots.
  12. Any print previously entered in the Thurston County Fair Division E - Photography (Open) may not again be entered or exhibited.
  13. Following acceptance of prints, the prints will be judged the following day, Sunday, July 26th at 10am. Exhibitors may attend the judging so long as exhibitors in no way interfere with the judging process. Judges are encouraged to talk about the images and give feedback to the audience as time allows.
  14. Admission tickets to the Fair are not provided to exhibitors.
  15. Ribbons will be awarded to winners. All ribbons will be hung with the print on exhibit.
  16. Exhibits must be picked up at the Photo Exhibit desk in the Hobbies/Crafts
    building, Thurston County Fairgrounds on SUNDAY August 2nd, 2020, the closing day of the Fair, between the hours of 8pm and 8:30pm or on Monday following the Fair closing between 4 and 7pm. Entries will NOT be mailed to exhibitors. Entries will NOT be returned to the frame shops. Following the Monday after the fair’s closing, prints must be picked up at the main office of the Thurston County Fairgrounds.
  17. All precautions possible will be taken with entries. The Fair or its volunteers cannot be held responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged exhibits.
  18. As this is an exhibit for all age groups consideration should be given as to the content of an image; the Superintendent reserves the right to disqualify and withhold from display any photograph he/she deems inappropriate for a family fair.



A - Adult
J – Junior (12 years old or younger as of January 1, present year)
T – Teen (between the age of 13 and 18 as of January 1, present year)

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