Art hall offers contest and demonstrations

| October 2, 2015
Art hall: The art hall at the Coshocton County Fairgrounds is a place for people to enjoy the artistic skills of community members and learn more about art and antiques. Beacon file photo

Art hall: The art hall at the Coshocton County Fairgrounds is a place for people to enjoy the artistic skills of community members and learn more about art and antiques. Beacon file photo

COSHOCTON – Fairgoers will again be able to test their knowledge of antiques in the art hall at the Coshocton County Fairgrounds.

For at least the last five years Bob Buxton has organized a guess the antiques contest, an idea he borrowed from the Ross County Fair.

There are 49 categories that people can enter their antiques and relics in the fair, but entries in the 48th one, Stump the Judge, are used for this contest.

“We average about 10 entries and we’ve never had a year yet where the judge knew everything in the case,” said Buxton, who is superintendent of the home arts department of the fair. “We pick the top three by the ones the judge doesn’t know what they are or the judge thinks are the most unique or rare.”

The entries must be no bigger than 12 inches and people do not have to know what they are to submit them in the fair.

“During the fair we will have papers there (by the display) for people to write down their guesses for what they think they are,” Buxton said.

The winner will be announced at the end of fair week and he or she will receive a pass to next year’s fair.

“It’s something neat to do,” Buxton said. “People will be standing there talking and ask you if you know what they are, but you can’t tell them.”

n addition to the antique contest, he is excited for people to see the improvements that were made to the art hall.

“The quilt guild donated paint and we painted the quilt room this year and used proceeds from the pie and cake auction to put in new LED lights,” Buxton said. “It’s brighter and whiter and all ready for the quilts.”

The quilt ladies and woodcarvers will once again be in the art hall demonstrating their crafts to the public and the building will display a new piece of art.

“Anne Cornell with the Pomerene Center for the Arts was there last year and we had over 100 kids in a two day period help paint a quilt square,” Buxton said. “We appreciate Brad Sarchet and the boys at the Career Center putting a frame on it for us so we can hang it on the art hall for people to see.”

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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