Hi, I am Thomas and I am going to tell you about my summer at the State Fair. First I have to tell you that I love to oil paint. My Papa Mike started to teach me how to paint when I was just 5 years old. It is something special I get to share with my papa. I like to paint pictures about stuff I am learning in school or places I visit. Last year I painted pictures of Big Trees State Park, Africa, a hedgehog and the rainforest. I entered 3 paintings into the California State Fair Fine Arts competition and two of my paintings won awards. My painting of a lion in Africa got 3rd place and my painting of Big Trees State Park got 2nd place and was also awarded a California State Parks Foundation award. It was awesome to get the special award. They gave me a lot of cool state park stuff and also passes to go to the state parks for free. I have already used one pass a Big Trees State Park. I even got my picture put in the California State Parks Foundation Newsletter. You can click on the link to see the newsletter:
During this summer I also worked in my Papa Mike’s production company building county exhibits for the state fair. It is a family business my whole family works in together. I helped paint, clean, stock and even a little building on 7 counties. The counties we worked on were El Dorado, Shasta, Santa Cruz, Monterey, Butte, Mendocino and Colusa county. Some of the jobs I would do are paint big fruit, cute little crabs or frames. I would also help my mom by cleaning paint brushes or scraping paint. Once the fair opened my brother, sister and I went in every morning and cleaned the exhibits, restocked brochures and watered plants. It was a lot of work and I had to get up early but it was worth it when I got my paycheck. Our exhibits won 1 gold and 6 silver medals and we also received a best use of technology and special effects for Monterey county. Here are some pictures of the exhibits. I hope you enjoy them. I had so much fun and I cannot wait till I am old enough to use the power tools for building. I am the youngest contractor at the CA State Fair.