By: Ariana Bennett
Every year countless people from all over Frederick County bring their best work to exhibit at the Frederick Fair. One such place for these exhibitions would be the Household Building (Building 9), where the home arts and crafts are displayed. Everything from paintings to patchwork can be found in this building. The artwork inside provides a unique look at our county, community, and the fair itself. Viewers are treated to many wonderful works of art while discovering new things about the people and places in the local community. Students and adults alike can submit their pieces before the fair begins. The building is then opened on the fourth day of the fair after judging is completed. There are many different categories and awards available, especially for school-age children.
This building provides an out-of-school opportunity for children to display their creative works. This is very important because STEM has jumped to the forefront of learning, and, in some cases, the arts have taken a backseat role in education. This is unfortunate because the arts, both visual and performing, can provide children with very important life skills. Children develop a sense of innovation when they use their creative drive to make works of art. This can be very helpful in their adult lives as society constantly needs innovative problem solvers. Art also leads to children being more able to express themselves and their ideas, leading them to be better communicators in the future. Lastly, the arts are fun! Whether children are finger painting or knitting a scarf, creating their own piece of art is a way for kids to make learning enjoyable. By making the Household building accessible to everyone, both for viewing and exhibiting, the Great Frederick Fair has put children on the path to success.