They came with boxes filled with Lego creations, pencil drawings and animals of every representation: a plastic pig, a fabric fox, a paper frog.
They were the Montgomery County residents of all ages who lined up at the entry desk for the Arts, Crafts, Hobbies and Photography class at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair on Thursday to enter their artwork in hopes of winning a blue ribbon.
In the line was Jerusha Sheffer of Damascus and her three children, each one with a few entries.
“We love to put things in the fair because it makes coming to the fair fun,” Sheffer said. “It’s great exposure for them to see the other art.”
The line for submitting entries was long but there never are problems, said Chrissie Frederickson of Laytonsville, a co-chairperson, along with Becky Brandon of Germantown, of the childrens department of the Arts, Crafts, Hobbies and Photography category of fair entries.
“People are pretty patient, they know it is hot,” Frederickson said.
Entries within the category are divided by age: children, ages 5-12; teenagers, ages 13-19 and adults, ages 20 and older. Each age group has about 250 categories, Frederickson said.
The number of categories and subcategories within the class causes some confusion: people are not sure which their particular creation fits into, she said.
Stephanie Caden of Bethesda experienced this firsthand when she was entering a horse head that her daughter Bonnie, 9, made.
“Is it mixed media or paper sculpture?” she asked Brandon, who was helping Caden with her entries.
The head was made of paper with a yarn mane, and the women agreed it should go in mixed media.
Caden also had work from her son Andrew, 10: a clay cupcake, a Wayne Gretzky cartoon and a bow and arrow he made.
In all, there were between 1,000 and 1,500 entries in the division last year, including teenagers and adults, according to Frederickson and, she said, she’s expecting at least as many this year.
With the help of volunteers, every item gets entered and placed in the proper place for display — and judging.
Winners will be revealed when the Arts building opens at 10 a.m. Sunday.
The building was closed Friday so volunteers could arrange the displays. Judging will take place Saturday, when 25 to 30 judges look over all the entries and choose the winners.
Karis Sheffer, 8, said she is hoping to see some ribbons next to her entries on Sunday. She entered some Lego creations including a space station and two flowers and four drawings.
“Last year I got a variety of ribbons and I won $20,” she said.
Her sister Mercia, who at 5 is in her first year of eligibility at the county fair, entered a bead craft girl and three pencil drawings, two of princesses.
She said she is hoping to win a gold ribbon.
“She’s been watching the Olympics,” her mother said.