The Merced County Spring Fair's theme will be "Imagine the Fun" when it makes its run May 1-5, according to a press release.
The annual event's poster was rendered by local artist Katherine Crinklaw, who has provided the art for the last 18 fairs.
The piece is meant to capture the fair theme and the excitement on the Westside in the days leading up to the Spring Fair, the press release stated.
Fair Manager Ron Brandt said the posters are popular every year. Signed copies of the posters are auctioned to the highest bidder at the annual kick-off dinner, which is scheduled April 13. Proceeds from the sale of the posters go to scholarships and youth exhibits at the fair.
"Katherine's artwork, her contribution to our community, shows the level of pride we have in our fair," Brandt said, in the release. This annual poster really puts a beautiful face on the Spring Fair and creates a lot of excitement."
The original watercolor of "Imagine the Fun" will be sold during the junior livestock auction at the fair, according to the release. Those proceeds benefit the Merced County Spring Fair Heritage Foundation, a fundraising outfit set up after Gov. Jerry Brown cut between $150,000 to $180,000 in state fair funding in 2011.
The fair theme, developed each year by fair staff, is especially fitting this year, Brandt said in the release.
For more information on the Heritage Foundation, call the fair office at (209) 826-5166.