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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. It took her around a week. Ventura County Fair staff added a blended rainbow in the design’s background for the final graphic.
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Vazquez was shocked when she won the first place.
“My mom woke me up in the middle of the night, yelling,”She said. Her mother showed her the news on a cell phone.
Her favorite hobby is art. Since she was a child, she has been making art. “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 said that she hopes to create more artwork and designs in the future.
She is currently a Fillmore Middle School student, where one her other designs was chosen to be 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”She said that it didn’t matter what time of day it was.
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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 was last held back 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 starting from $9 for children and $13 for adults, are now available. Visit venturacountyfair.org for more information.
Cytlalli Salado is a Ventura County Star reporter covering breaking news. You can reach her at 805-437-2257 or by emailing [email protected].