The Cambrian

Cambria artists win photography, crafts awards at the Mid-State Fair

One of Charmaine Coimbra’s four award-winning photos.
One of Charmaine Coimbra’s four award-winning photos.

Creative North Coast residents have again taken home a collective wagonload of awards from the Mid-State Fair’s so-called “still exhibit” competitions, including in the photography, arts and crafts, fine arts and home arts categories.

In photography, Cambrians won 26 awards:

Roland Portillo won seven, including first place in the advanced amateur/digitally produced color categories of seascape, people, sports and transportation and another award in the advanced amateur black-and-white category.

Charmaine Coimbra, four awards, including first place in the amateur digitally processed color floral, fantasy and agriculture category, and black-and-white fantasy.

Evaan Portillo, four awards, including a first place in the advanced amateur/digitally produced miscellaneous category.

Amanda Dall, four awards in the advanced amateur black-and-white and advanced amateur color categories.

Elizabeth Haug, three awards in the professional/digitally processed category.

Susan Oberholtzer, two awards in the amateur color/amateur category.

In the amateur or advanced amateur color/digitally processed category, one award each was won by James Talcott (first place, wild critters) and Francesca DeLuca.

Cayucan Danna Dykstra Coy won 16 awards, including six first-place awards, one each in the professional color categories of domestic pets, agriculture, floral and State Parks and in the black-and-white State Parks categories.

Visual Arts

In that division, Cambrians won five awards, including Jayne Koontz, first place in the professional/fine arts/acrylic/representational category.

In open junior fine arts, Dahlia Snodgrass won awards in the drawing/colored pencil, marker pastel and collage categories. Bridget Haanen won an award in the 4-to-5-year old division and Hailey Haanen won in the “any other two-dimensional” category for 8- and 9-year-olds.

Arts and Crafts

In that division, Cambrians won 21 awards, including:

Intermediate (ages 12-15) FFA/4H entrants Angelina Peres won the judges award/first place in the “arts and crafts/any other” category, and Carla Canestro, first place in the same category (she also won another award).

Linda Eller, nine awards, including first-place blue ribbons in the figurine, jewelry/brass or copper and beadcraft/other categories and second place in the arts and crafts sweepstakes.

Ed Black won three awards, including first place in the clock and contemporary woodworking accessory categories.

Bonnie McElwain won two awards, including first place in woodcraft/made for children.

Ned McElwain won two awards, including first place in scroll saw/fretwork woodcraft.

Patty Acosta won one award, as did Stella Canestro and Michele Acosta, juniors in the FFA/4H division (ages 9-12).

Home Arts

In that division, Cambrians won 11 awards.

Henry Eggleton won best of show and first place for his nut brittle, and other awards for his entries in the nut brittle and fudge/other categories.

Jeanna Akey won first-place awards for her mixed fruit jam and strawberry topping and another award in the marmalade-butter-conserve category.

Angelina Perez won the judges’ award in the layer cake category for intermediate (ages 13-15) FFA/4H division, as well as another award in the cookie category.

Stella Canestro won a first-place award for decorated cupcakes in the junior FFA/4H division, and Carla Canestro won a first-place award in the intermediate (ages 13-15) pie-pastry/other category.

Anne Eggleton won an award for her fudge.

Harmony milk truck

The fully restored, white-and-neon-green Harmony Valley Creamery milk truck and its supply of freshly churned ice cream have been the epitome of chill. has been fully restored in the time between its brief, popular debut at last year’s fair and its 2016 gig there.

After the fair ends July 31, the 1957 Divco truck and the ice cream it offers will be found in Harmony and at special events throughout the county, including for hire for events from casual picnics and birthday parties to weddings, wine events and large gatherings. A second Divco delivery truck, this one a 1964 model, is being restored to expand the fleet.

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