The artistic side of the South Plains Fair - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock


The artistic side of the South Plains Fair

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - People come to the fair to have a good time, but there are some who use the fair to show off their artistic abilities. And if you look hard enough, you can find their art around every corner.

Airbrush artist Chris Machado has been making art since he was a kid. "I've been airbrushing here at the fair for about 15 years. I started on the midway and slowly moved the carnival side," he said.

Machado says he sells more than 50 shirts a day, and this is just one way he is able to express his artistic abilities. "We still do automotive art, which goes into cars - customizing, detailing. It just goes on forever what you can do with art."

Painter Barbara Pollard also uses the fair as an excuse to show off her skills. She has been painting faces here for 24 years and now her son paints with her. "I started out with some of the little really simple things and then it just evolved. I finally wound up going to Mardi Gras and then all over the country," said Pollard.

Pollard says they paint hundreds of smiling faces during the week of the fair.

Besides painting and photography, there's also the art of cooking. The women's building has lots of goodies, including cakes, cookies and jellies. But they're strictly eye candy, as their makers have tried to perfect the art of cooking. There's no question these cakes are art.

There are also handmade quilts and one booth even holds classes on sewing. So whatever your taste, there is art waiting to be discovered at the fair.

"Art is my life, and art saves lives too," says Machado.

If you would like to check out some of the art entered, the women's building opens at 11 a.m. and they have everything from textiles to hand-painted china.

The fair ends Sunday, but will be open all weekend from 10 a.m. until midnight. Admission is $7 for adults 13 and over, $2 for children 12 and under and parking is $3.

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