The Merced County Spring Fair highlights the end of the school year and the beginning of summer. The 2023 Spring Fair is sure to have a personal touch as it will be the first year where the theme will be chosen by young people from Merced County.

In a 250–500-word essay 11thand 12th graders from Merced County are encouraged to propose a theme that embodies the Spring Fair experience. The winner will also receive a $500 scholarship awarded to them by the Merced County Spring Fair Heritage Foundation.

While previous fair themes were chosen by fair managers and the board of directors, this year will be different. “Since I started in this position in April,” said Guy Gary, MCSF manager, “I have preached that I wanted all of Merced County involved.”

MCSF board member Sarah Souza added, “As a board we value education immensely and know that when our youth is championed, our future is bright.  We are fortunate to have the help of the Merced County Spring Fair Heritage Foundation. which supports our youth in many endeavors.”

The past two years have been a struggle for many teens, and this contest offers high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to seize back the moments that make communities and memories and turn the 2023 Spring Fair into a celebration for their community.

Essays can be emailed to no later than November 25, with the subject line ESSAY THEME CONTEST. Submissions may also be hand delivered to 403 F St. in Los Banos.

Essay writers are asked to add a title page including their full name, grade in school, name of high school, city of attendance and an email address and phone number for correspondence.

For more information, call the Spring Fair office at (209) 826-5166.

Courtney Andrade