Judging at 2011 NC State Fair

Joe Meno and I have been asked to judge the LEGO category again at the 2011 North Carolina State Fair.  If you’re interested in competing this year, the State Fair Premium Book is available online.  The LEGO categories fall under Handy Crafts and Hobbies in section EE.  We had suggested they add an adult division but that still hasn’t happened yet.  Maybe in 2012!  We’re looking forward to seeing some excellent entries.  Remember – no kits!  Every year we have to disqualify half a dozen entries because they are official LEGO sets.  Historically there have been fewer entries in the North Carolina theme category so take that into consideration when submitting an entry.  Also, make sure your entry is on a sturdy base!

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6 Responses to Judging at 2011 NC State Fair

  1. Brian says:

    Will you care if I used a piece or two from Brickarms in my entry? I’ve got a pretty cool chrome sword I want to include in it, but I wanted to make sure that having it in there wouldn’t hurt my chances.
    Thanks!

  2. Rob says:

    Question for you- may we use pieces of a kit to build something completely different? Such as windows from a bus kit to be used as windows in a building. thank you

  3. Mike Walsh says:

    I don’t think BrickArms would be an issue. We haven’t disqualified entries that were built with MegaBlocks! The only things we’ve disqualified are those that don’t follow the size rules and those that are constructed from official kits. In some cases, the models are derivatives of kits with few changes and that becomes a judgement call. The intent of the competition is for the entrants to build original work. Two years ago we disqualified an entry which was a copy of a famous model online. It wasn’t an official kit but it wasn’t original work either.

  4. Mike Walsh says:

    Absolutely. LEGO parts are LEGO parts no matter what kit or era they are from. As long as the resulting model is original work, you are good.

  5. I am working on a project for our year-end in review on WRAL.com. I’d like to have the top events of the year (the fun ones – like Charlie Sheen’s meltdown) done in Legos for a special slideshow. Would any of you be interested in helping me with this? Email me if you are – khanrahan@wral.com

  6. Mike Walsh says:

    Sorry I didn’t see this sooner but from what I understand you’ve been in contact with Joe Meno and he is the right guy locally to speak with!

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