There isn't much time before the deadline for the 2014 Merced County Fair slogan contest.
Farming and ranching are the theme of the 123rd annual event. The deadline to submit slogan entries is Aug. 9 at 5 p.m., according to a news release.
The farmers and farmworkers, ranchers and ranch hands and all the others who make a living growing crops will be celebrated at the 2014 Merced County Fair, June 11-15.
"Agriculture is big in Merced County. This year's slogan contest is a great way to let our farming and ranching community know we appreciate what they do," said the fair's Chief Executive Officer Tom Musser. He added, "The fair is about fun, and what's more fun than food? So we'll be looking for a slogan that celebrates all those things."
The winner of the contest will receive a $100 prize and two season passes to the fair. The second and third place entries will each be awarded a pair of season passes to the fair.
The first place entry will be used as the fair's slogan. Once the top slogan is selected, there will be a contest to find a logo design to illustrate the slogan.
All eligible entries will be assigned a number for judging. The numbered entries will be reviewed by the fair's marketing/promotions committee before the winning entries are selected by the fair's board of directors.
To enter the competition, print or type entries on one piece of paper. Each entry must be five words or less. A maximum of eight entries per person can be submitted. No entries will be accepted that are the same or similar to other trademarked slogans, the release said.
Email ideas to Info@MercedCountyFair.com. Entries may be dropped off or mailed to the fairgrounds office, 900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Merced, 95341. Submissions should include the entrant's name, address and phone number. Information about the slogan competition is at www.MercedCountyFair.com. Or call the fair office at (209) 722-1507.