Section 10 – Special Needs

Section 10 – Special Needs2019-05-07T00:07:14+00:00

Chairpersons: Alexandra (Ali) Osborne

Before entering this section, please refer to the General Rules & Regulations and Additional Rules for Homecraft as well as the following:

* Entry Forms Accepted From Monday, May 27th, 2019 to
Thursday, September 19th, 2019
* No Entries will be accepted after 8:00p.m.
September 19th, 2019 *Will be strictly enforced.*

Additional Rules

  1. This Section is open to anyone with a special need, Mental or Physical.
  2. There is no age limit for this Section.
  3. All exhibits must be made since last year’s Fair and must be the work of the exhibitor, except where otherwise stated (hand over hand method).
  4. All entries are to be made through the fair office. (Markham Fair, 10801 McCowan Rd., Markham, ON L3P 3J3.)Fax: 905-640-8458. Entry forms are available through the Fair office or online at

****All participants in the “Special Needs” Section do NOT pay an exhibitor fee or entry fee. However if you would like to pay the fees you will receive two adult passes to the fair. People with disabilities receive free entry to the fair at all times with one support person/friend/or family member.


  1. One entry form per exhibitor except in Group Projects. Group projects require one separate entry form under a group name An exhibitor may enter only one exhibit per Class.
  2. Note the following times for the delivery of exhibits: All Entries are to be brought to the General Exhibits Building on the Markham Fair Grounds on Friday, September 27th, 2019, between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. or
    Saturday, September 28th, 2019, between 9:00 and 10:00 a.m. sharp. Please note: we will be unable to accept late entries.
  3. Pick-Up Of Exhibits: Exhibits should be picked up at the Fair Grounds on Sunday, October 6th, 2019, between 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Exhibits cannot be held after this time.
  4. Make enquiries through Chairpersons above.
  5. Please securely attach entry tag to the back, bottom right-hand corner of your exhibit. Attach top 1 1/4” of tag behind entry.
  1. The 2019 theme is: Celebrating Old Traditions, While Creating New Memories. The colour is: Turquoise, Incorporate where possible.
  2. All entries noted with an * are to be donated to a food bank or appropriate charity. (Items suggested by food bank: any packaged food or hygiene (toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, etc.) product and giftcards.)

Prize Money Classes #1-67:

1st – $4.00; 2nd – $3.50; 3rd – $3.00; 4th – $2.50; 5th & 6th – Ribbons; Other Entrants – Participant Ribbons.

Arts & Crafts (Not Hand Over Hand) – Classes #1-47

  1. Wreath – decorated for any holiday. Not to exceed 10” diameter.
  2. Fridge magnet – Theme, see Rule J.
  3. Pencil or pen holder.
  4. Picture frame – may be an embellished purchased frame Not to exceed 6”x6”.
  5. Decorated flower pot. Mini 2” – 4”.
  6. Bracelet made with a pattern of colour, see Rule J.
  7. Jewelry, hand made (no bracelets) – any medium.
  8. Tissue Paper Creation – Not to exceed 6”square.
    Colour, see Rule J.
  9. Egg carton turkey.
  10. Basket, 3 quart max – Decorated.
  11. *Pop Can Tab Collection – not strung, by group, by weight. (to be donated to wheelchair charity).
  12. *Pop Can Tabs on a String, heaviest collection (to be donated to wheelchair charity).
  13. Christmas tree decoration with loop to hang on tree.
  14. Christmas stocking – any medium.
  15. Rock for your garden, decorated and/or painted
  16. Invitation to a Diwali Party or Thanksgiving Dinner – handmade.
  17. Invitation to a Diwali Party or Thanksgiving Dinner – computer made.
  18. Painting, freehand – water colour/tempera. Not to exceed 11”x14” – unframed. Colour, see Rule J.
  19. Painting, freehand oil or acrylic – unframed. Not to exceed 11” x 14”
  20. Create a musical instrument. Max 12” any side.
  21. Design a poster for World Down Syndrome Day, Autism Awareness, or other similar cause.
  22. Leaf pictures or rubbing, medium of your choice. Not to exceed 11”x 14”
  23. Paper bag puppet.
  24. Drawing, free hand. Not to exceed 8.5”x 11”.
  25. Finger painting. Not to exceed 11”x 14”. Colour, see Rule J.
  26. Make or decorate an “Ugly Christmas Hat”
  27. Make a sensory bottle. Max. 2L bottle.
  28. Design on paper a cell phone case.
  29. Design on paper an iPad or tablet case.
  30. Face mask. Purchased and decorated.
  31. Face mask. Papier mache.
  32. Woodworking article made by entrant. Not to exceed 12” on any side.
  33. Woodworking article bought, then decorated by entrant. Not to exceed 12” on any side.
  34. Ceramic pottery or clay article, purchased & decorated – Not to exceed 12” on any side.
  35. Ceramic pottery, clay or any modelling medium; article, Handmade – Not to exceed 12” on any side.
  36. Metal Art, made by entrant. Not to exceed 12” on any side.
  37. Spoon person. – Halloween theme.
  38. String Art. Not to exceed 8.5”x 11” Including Hanger
  39. Craft or article of choice. Not to exceed 12” on any side.
  40. Collection (any type) displayed on paper or board. Not to exceed 11”x14”
  41. Decorate a pumpkin. Not to exceed 10” on any side.
  42. Lego Creation on a board. Not to exceed 15”x15”.
  43. Halloween theme made with candy. Not to exceed 8 ½” by 11”.
  44. Decorate a mason jar candle holder for Diwali
  45. Melt beads creation
  46. Create a Thanksgiving centerpiece. Not to exceed 10” on any side.
  47. Colouring book picture. Not to exceed 11” on any side.

Arts & Crafts (Hand Over Hand)
– Classes #48-53

(Work completed with direct hand over hand assistance.)

  1. Collage. Not to exceed 11” x 14” – Canada theme.
  2. Painting. Not to exceed 11” x 14” – unframed. Colour, see Rule J.
  3. Sponge or vegetable print painting. Not to exceed
    11” x 14”.
  4. Gift bag, decorated (small).
  5. Spoon person. – Halloween theme.
  6. Craft or article of choice. Not to exceed 12” on any side.

Creative Writing – Classes #54-56

  1. Written piece about “My Family Traditions” – written by hand or on computer by entrant. One page, one sided.
  2. Dictated story- entrant tells story that is scribed by hand or computer by another person. One page, one sided. About “My Family Traditions”.
  3. Poem using theme “Traditions”. One page, one sided.

Photography – Classes #57-58(must be taken by entrant) Judged on photo, not mounting.

  1. Photograph – mounted. Not to exceed 8.5” x 11”.
  2. Collection of at least 2 photos “My Family” theme
    – attractively displayed. Not to exceed 8.5” x 11”.

Needlework – Classes #59-62

  1. Article of choice – made from fabric.
  2. A crochet, knit or corking article.
  3. Rug hooking article.
  4. Rag or woven item

Community Support Entries
– Classes #63-65
Refer to Rule K.

  1. *Article of choice – made from one packaged product. Not to exceed 24” on any side. By individual.
  2. *Article of choice made from two or more packaged products. Not to exceed 24” on any side. By individual.
  3. *Gift basket – See through wrapping. By individual.

Group Projects – Classes # 66-67

  1. Decorative mural – using theme “Traditions”.
    Not to exceed 2’ x 4’.
  2. Felt or fabric wall hanging – using theme “Traditions”. Not to exceed 2’ x 4’.

Special Merit Awards:

Chouinard Bros. Roofing – $25.00

Cornell Roofing – $25.00

Tunnard Family – $25.00 (In Memory of Charles & Randy)

Vollett Family – $25.00

Osborne Family (2) – $25.00 each

Markham Sunrise Rotary – $25.00

Seeley-Warr Family – $25.00

Laura and Andrew Fidler – $25.00

Committee’s Choice Awards (3) – $25.00 each


  1. Trudi Stephens August 17, 2013 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    I will be supporting the special needs ladies (adult) to support and enter their crafts for the Markham Fair and….. my question are????
    1. The Theme…Heroes or homecoming
    Are they???…..fireman~ policeman ~Doctor ~ nurses etc.?
    Batman~ spiderman~ catwoman~ superman~ Etc.?

    Homecoming….solders coming home
    children coming home from collage or university
    Can you please clarity this for me.

    Thank you for your time..
    Trudi Stephens
    supporting for the Community Living York South in Markham area.

  2. Barb Morrison March 25, 2014 at 10:12 am - Reply

    I just realized that you are talking about last years theme, this year the theme is celebrations!

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