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Ventura County Fair Unveils Poster Contest Winners

Pictured (from l. to r.) 1st place winner Channy Heng from Ventura, 2nd place winner Jack Wulf from Oak Park, and 3rd place winner Marietta Collins from Santa Paula. (Photo Credit: Tim Pompey)

The Ventura County Fair is about many things: rides, food, agriculture, and entertainment. It’s also about art, and for the fifth year in a row, the fair has announced the winners of its Ventura County Fair Poster Contest. The annual contest features poster entries by young artists throughout Ventura County.

This year’s theme is “A Country Fair with Ocean Air” and the winners are: 1st place, Channy Heng (16) from Ventura, who received a check for $500; 2nd place, Jack Wulf (15) from Oak Park, who received a check for $250; and 3rd place, Marietta Collins (16) from Santa Paula, who received a check for $100.

For Channy, her entry selection was a spur of the moment decision. “Mine was a last minute thing from three other posters I had,” she said.

While her work looks like it’s computer-generated, she did it all herself. “My work is all hand drawn and very precise,” said Channy. Her inspiration comes from a very modern source. “It’s influenced by manga and anime styles of art,” she noted.

Her poster focuses on the rides, mainly because she thinks they represent the fair as a fun place to be. “It shows the rides that I enjoy,” she said. “It shows a bright day at the fair.”

Even though her mother Kelly is surprised by her daughter’s talent (nobody else in the family is an artist), she is also very proud of her achievement. “She started to draw at age three,” her mother explained. “She does it all on her own. I’m so excited because she won the award.”

Jack chose to focus on the fair’s agricultural side by putting a large rooster front and center on his poster and in the background, the fair’s iconic Ferris wheel. “I’ve always liked the livestock aspect and I’ve liked the carnival rides,” he said.

He reserves a special fondness for the Ferris wheel which symbolizes what the fair is all about. “The Ferris wheel is special to me,” he said, “so every time I come to the fair, I go on the Ferris wheel.”
Marietta also featured on her poster one of the fair’s ever-present birds—the seagull. For her, the seagull incorporates both the country and the ocean. And like Jack, she also placed the Ferris wheel in a prominent position. “I incorporated the theme of the ocean and sea,” she said, “so I incorporated the seagull and also the rides.”

She enjoys the fair, but for a much different reason. She likes to observe all the people who flow down the fair’s streets. “I like the people at the fair,” she said. “I like to watch the people.”

The Ventura County Fair has been running a youth poster contest since 2010. This year, 57 entries were received from students in grades 5-12.

For James Lockwood, the fair’s public relations and marketing director, the poster contest is a special way to incorporate the talents of young people into the planning and marketing for the fair itself. “The annual fair poster contest is a great way for us to reach all of the children of Ventura County,” he said, “and offer them the opportunity to use their talents and contribute to the community’s oldest and most beloved tradition, the Ventura County Fair.”

All contestants receive a prize and are invited to ride with the Junior Fair Board on a float in the 2014 Ventura County Fair Parade on Saturday, August 2. All contest entries will be displayed in the Youth Expo at the fair. Each winning poster along with information about the artist can be found at

This year, the fair runs from July 30 to August 10 and features a large variety of vendors, music fireworks, and motorsports.

For more information, visit the fair’s website at

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