This year’s Ventura County Fair poster, unveiled Friday morning, was designed by a 12-year-old Fillmore girl.
Vita Jolie Vazquez depicted the “VC Fair Rides Again” theme featuring four young people riding a rollercoaster. Vibrantly colored rides and food stands enliven the background.
The 2022 fair is returning in August after COVID-19 concerns canceled the popular 12-day event in 2020 and 2021.
During the poster’s unveiling on Friday, James Lockwood, the fair’s marketing manager, said the judges’ main reasons for choosing Vazquez’s design included the excitement shown on the children’s faces and the sense of activity behind them, as fair visitors cluster around rides in the background.
Vazquez said she is a fan of anime, a style of Japanese animation, and designed the roller coaster characters with inspiration from the popular art form. Some of those features include the four riders’ big eyes and textured, colorful hair. Three of the characters are smiling with their hands raised in the air, while one girl appears to be frightened with her arms down and small tears under her large, blank eyes.
Vazquez made the winning illustration using colored pencils and paint pens. She took about a week for the entire process to be completed. Ventura County Fair staff added a blended rainbow in the design’s background for the final graphic.
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Vazquez was stunned to find out she was awarded first place.
She said that her mom had yelled at her and woken me up in middle of the night. Her mother showed her the news on a cell phone.
She loves to create art. She has been doing it ever since she “could hold a pencil,” Vazquez said. Some of her other interests include fashion, playing video games and sports.
Now, her winning design will be used in marketing and souvenir materials for the fair. The cash prize for first place was $500.
Vazquez plans to use the prize money to buy more art supplies and save the rest. She stated that she plans to create more artwork and designs in the future.
She currently attends Fillmore Middle School where one of her designs was chosen as the yearbook cover.
The poster contest’s second-place prize went to Channel Islands High School student Amy Midence, 17, of Oxnard. Midence used acrylic paint and paint markers to craft a split daytime and nighttime view of fair rides. The rides have caught her attention during past visits and “have life” regardless of the time of day, she said.
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The third place winner was Oxnard resident Jorja Garcia, 18, whose art depicted three farm animals surfing in the ocean in front of a large Ferris wheel.
Ventura County Fair poster contest last took place in 2019, and it is back this year. The annual contest is open to Ventura County youth in grades 5 to 12.
All 2022 poster contest entries will be displayed at the fair’s Youth Expo. This year’s fair will be held Aug. 3–14 at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.
Online pre-sale tickets are available starting at $9 for children and $13 for adults. Visit venturacountyfair.org for more information.
Cytlalli is a reporter for the Ventura County Star. She can be reached by calling 805-437-0257 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.