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April 14, 2011

Aptos, CA - Veronique* Mark’s first period photography class played host as Santa Cruz County Fair board president Rob Marani and Fair manager Michael Bethke awarded Aptos High School junior Ken Muramoto a crisp $100 dollar bill.  Ken, with his family and cheering classmates watching, was praised for his amazing talent “We looked at all the entries and there was no question which one we would choose” said Marani.


This is the third year the annual County Fair has looked to local youth for graphic inspiration.  And the second year Muramoto’s work was judged best.  The artwork, which was hand drawn by Muramoto, will be used to create the poster which is often a Fair industry award winner and sought after collectable.  This 11th grader’s whimsical scene will also be used by various Fair departments as they design their entertaining and educational displays.  To view the winning artwork simply go to the Fair’s website www.santacruzcountyfair.com

The Santa Cruz County Fair celebrates the rich agricultural history of our community and people, and invests heavily in bringing this heritage to our youth.  The 2011 Fair will be held September 13-18, 2011 at the Fairgrounds located on Highway 152 just east of Watsonville.  This year’s theme is “Dancing with the Steers for 200 Years.”


Available images:  A print or web quality copy of Ken’s artwork and photos from the award ceremony are available by contacting the writer by phone or email.

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