One of the most important and most forgotten steps is to write a thank you letter.  Be sure to write thanks you letters to your buyers, those who do add-ons and awards sponsors, along with project leaders, advisors, parents and anyone who has helped you with making your project a success.   Thank you, letters should be a personal note, thanking them for their support.  While these letters don’t have to be long the more heartfelt, they are the better.

The basic outline should be:

  • Dear Mr. and Mrs. Smith, or Dear Local Business.
  • Thank them for their generosity and support
  • Thank you for buying my hog at the auction and for supporting the FFA or 4-H program.
  • Thank you for purchasing the Grand Champion Rabbit trophy…
  • Thank you for buying my goat, I really appreciate your generosity.
  • Tell them what you enjoyed learning.
  • I learned all about pig nutrition this year.
  • This year I learned how to groom my goat all by myself.
  • Because of the new friends I’ve met.
  • I’ve had many opportunities to lead this year at FFA or 4-H meetings.
  • FFA or4 -H has taught me about working hard this summer.
  •  I plan to put the money from the sale of my hog into my college fund.
  • I am going to use the money to buy a good breeding doe for my new herd.
  • Put towards a new project next year.
  • Thanks again for buying my goat at auction!
  • I really do appreciate your support!
  • Thanks, Sincerely, Yours Truly

Fair Poster Contest

Poster Due By May 15, 2024

In celebration of the 80th year of the Santa Clara County Fair, we’re thrilled to announce a unique opportunity for young artists to create a commemorative fair poster. The Santa Clara County Fair has a rich history, dating back to its establishment in 1941.

In this competition, we are looking for young artists to channel their creative talents to illustrate how the Silicon Valley has evolved over the years, transitioning ‘From the Fields’ to the transformation of a tech-based landscape ‘The Future’. Let your artistic vision capture the essence of this journey as we celebrate the 2024 Santa Clara County Fair.

Please note that we only accept hand-drawn illustrations for this competition. Works created with any form of artificial intelligence assistance, whether partial or total, will not be considered. Let your imagination and skill shine through your traditional artistic expression. Good luck!