WAILUKU - The 88th Maui County Fair will feature contests for both keiki and adults, and entry deadlines are approaching.
With a "Celebrating Community" theme, the fair will be held from Sept. 30 to Oct. 3 at the War Memorial Complex.
Events will include a chili cook-off, photography contest and crafters competition that the members of the public may enter.
The sixth annual "Who's Got the Heat?" chili cook-off fundraiser, sponsored by the Maui County Department of Fire and Public Safety, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 2 on the grassy area fronting the Coach Soichi Sakamoto Pool.
The event is open to teams of three to five people who may challenge the Fire Department in one of three categories:
* Hot Five-Alarm Inferno.
* HazMat Freestyle.
* Wildland Brushfire Veggie.
Teams will prepare their dishes at the fair. Final presentations and awards will be held on the entertainment stage at noon.
The public is welcome to sample the creations for $1 per bowl after the judging and awards presentations, with proceeds benefiting the Shriners Children's Hospital Patients Transportation Burn Unit.
Team spaces are limited. Deadline for applications is Monday.
To review competition details and download an application, see www.mauicountyfair.com or call Conrad Fernandez at 357-4550.
Completed applications may be faxed to 270-7889 or e-mailed to Conrad.Fernandez@co.maui.hi.us.
Entry forms for the fair's photo salon contest are now available.
The competition is open to all Hawaii residents only and includes three divisions for youth, 18 and younger; open, for all amateur photographers; and expert, for professional photographers and recognized photo experts, including those who placed first at any previous Maui County Fair.
Panoramas up to 30 inches long (320 square inches) are now eligible. Rules and entry forms are available online at www.mauicountyfair.com or at the following sites during their regular business hours:
* Dr. David Anzai's office, 74 Lono Ave., Suite 101, Kahului; phone 877-7858.
* Lighthaus Camera, 400 Ala Makani St., Suite 201, Kahului, phone 877-5155; or 143 Dickenson St., Suite 102A, Lahaina, 661-5155.
* Longs Drug Store, Maui Mall, Kahului; 877-0322.
* Photographics Maui, 333 Dairy Road, Suite 108; 871-1848.
* Maui County Fair administration office, War Memorial Gym parking lot; call 242-2721 before coming.
* Xinia Productions, 320 Ohukai St., Suite 108, Kihei; 874-5849.
Entry fee of $3 per person must accompany all entries, which must be received by 5 p.m. Sept. 25 at the following sites only: Dr. Anzai's office; Lighthaus Camera in Lahaina, Maui County Fair administration office, and Xinia Productions.
The photo salon will be on display in the War Memorial Gym during the fair. For salon-related questions, call John Hugg at 264-2557.
Amateur crafters are invited to submit entries for the Homemakers Exhibit. Entries may include knitting, handmade jewelry, clothing, scrapbooks, holiday items or other crafts.
Entry forms are available online at www.mauicountyfair.com or at the following sites during normal business hours:
* Ben Franklin, Queen Ka'ahumanu Center.
* Sew Special, Queen Ka'ahumanu Center.
* College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, University of Hawaii Maui College, Building 214.
* Fabric Mart, 55 Kaahumanu Ave., Kahului.
* Island Paperie, 395 Dairy Road, Kahului.
* Singer Sewing Center of Maui, 230 Hana Highway, Kahului.
* Maui County Fair administrative office, War Memorial Gym parking lot; call 242-2721.
Crafters should bring their entries to the War Memorial Gym from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 29; judging will begin at 6:30 p.m. in three divisions: junior for grades kindergarten-5; intermediate for grades 6-12; and adult.
All entries must be picked up from 8:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 3. Unclaimed items will be donated to charity.