Ventura County Fair unveils 2022 winner poster by Vita Jolie Vazquez

Ventura County Fair unveils 2022 winning poster by Vita Jolie Vazquez

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.

Fillmore resident Vita Jolie Vazquez, 12, won first place in the 2022 Ventura County Fair poster contest on Friday. The contest returned after a two-year break brought by the pandemic.

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.

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