45th OC Fair Homewine Competition
Co-Sponsored by the Orange County Wine Society
Saturday June 12, 2021
OC Fair & Event Center – Costa Mesa, CA
The Orange County Wine Society invites you to volunteer for the 45th annual OC Fair Homewine Competition being held on Saturday June 12, 2021 at the OC Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa.
As one of the largest and most prestigious amateur competitions in California, this event has played an important part in the development and support of amateur winemakers in California since 1977. This judging recognizes non-professional winemakers through awards given to their outstanding wines. The OC Fair competition is unique in that written evaluations and comments made during the judging are returned to the winemaker. This invaluable feedback from wine experts help them to improve their wines and understand more about the winemaking process. In 2019, 596 wines were entered by 180 winemakers. This year we are uncertain of the number of entries to expect due to Covid and the cancellation of other competitions, but we could have a substantial increase of entries. So we will need the valuable assistance of volunteers to make this event a success.
The success of the Home Wine Competition depends heavily on the volunteers from the entire Orange County Wine Society. We are soliciting your help. Approximately 100 volunteers are needed to serve wine to the judges and perform other support functions.
We need personnel to fill the following functions:
- Steward to serve wine to the judges
- Spotter on the floor with the judges
- Data entry personnel
- Judge liaisons to pick up the completed judging forms
- Food service to help serve lunch and clean up
- Registration desk from 7am to 9am (you will also be assigned a second function)
Please be sure to indicate your preferred assignment on the sign-up form and please submit one form per person. If you want to work with a spouse or other partner indicate this under “Comments”.
COMPETITION DAY is June 12th. COVID restrictions may affect all of the following: A brief meeting of the stewards to review all procedures will be held at 8:30 a.m. The Competition will begin at 9:00 a.m. sharp and usually ends about 1:00 p.m. After the Competition we expect to serve a box lunch and a glass of one of the gold or silver wines by an attendant which you may enjoy at the stewards tables. More detailed competition information will be provided to all volunteers and stewards a week or so before the competition.
If you have any questions or need any additional information please call the offfice at 714.708.1636.