The Ohio State Fair has announced “CRAFTED,” a contest that brings family members of all ages together during remote learning by adding a little color and creativity to our lives.

Much like the TV show “CHOPPED” that presents contestants with a number of items to use in order to create a delicious dish, “CRAFTED” is designed to challenge people, kindergarten aged children through adults, to get creative and make a masterpiece out of craft items and other odd pieces found in the home or outside.

There are four different contests broken up by grade and age range — Kindergarten through 5th grade, 6th through 8th grade, 9th through 12th grade and college through adulthood.

Projects can be entered online through the Ohio State Fair Facebook Page by commenting a photo of your completed projects under the appropriate post for the project age range. Ten winners from each category will receive a free VIP family four pack to attend the next Ohio State Fair, including one parking pass, four admission passes and round-trip SkyGlider passes. Winners will be drawn after June 1, 2020.

All participants are invited to bring their craft with them when they come to the Ohio State Fair so it can be displayed alongside the Fair’s many art exhibits in Kasich Hall. Learn more about creative arts, crafts, sewing and fashion at the Ohio State Fair, including the numerous competitions available to celebrate Ohio crafters and artists, at

We’re in this together, Ohio.

Here is a list of some items that you may find around the house that could be used:

  • Paper
  • Construction paper
  • Magazines
  • Scissors
  • Paint
  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Stamps and ink
  • Stickers
  • Glue/glue stick
  • Tape
  • Fabric
  • Glitter
  • Foil
  • Food (dried pasta, dried beans, cereal, etc.)
  • Nature items (rocks, sticks, pine cones, etc.)
  • String or yarn
  • Office supplies (paper clips, staples, rubber bands, post-its)
  • Q-tips
  • Cotton balls
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Food containers
  • Any other household craft items you may have
  • BONUS – use an out-of-the-ordinary “bonus item” you find – like a broken picture frame, empty jar, old coffee canister, drink holder, coaster, vase, etc.
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