Roseville festivals offering cash prizes in video contest

Golden Coast Adventure Faire and Berryfest Strawberry Festival organizers are offering two $1,000 prizes for the best videos that illustrate the two events that have combined this year into a larger Mothers Day weekend celebration.

The contest is open to all directors, actors, producers, camera operators, YouTube contributors, Viners and vloggers who enter and receive confirmation, according to organizers. Confirmed entrants will be given official T-shirts for up to five team members.

To be accepted as an entrant, prospective videographers must provide links to examples of their work, and provide information about any film training and education they have received.

They also need to describe the primary focus of their videos, such as families having fun, festival entertainers, guests and cast members in costume, interviews with guests, entertainers or vendors, or if the video tackles various aspects of the festival.

Accepted videographers will be given special access to the event and entertainers, and will receive promotional materials and access to previous coverage, organizers said.

Additional consideration will be given to those who use social media creatively during the contest period, including live feeds, postings of photographs and videos, “man on the street” comments, animation and interactions between actors and guests.

The Golden Coast Adventure Faire ( is billed as the place where history meets imagination. It will offer a variety of entertainments ranging from medieval knights jousting on horses to pirates firing cannons, Star Wars Stormtroopers and bounty hunters rubbing shoulders with comicbook superheroes, magicians, jugglers, musicians, bellydancers from the Silk Road era and such fantasy creatures as mermaids, fauns and fairies.

The event was inspired after the local Assembly of the Order of Rainbow, a Masonic organization for girls, lost its major fundraising source and needed to find a new way to earn money to contribute to community charity work. The Rogues of the Golden Coast, a black powder pirate group, heard their plight and began organizing the Adventure Faire. In addition to Rainbow, the Adventure Faire also helps other children’s organizations and charities.

This year, the Golden Coast Adventure Faire is paired with the BerryFest, making it an even larger family-friendly two-day event. Vendors of arts and crafts, clothing, jewelry, leather items, hats and other accessories will have their wares on display and for sale. Food and beverages, for those above and below 21, also will be sold.

The BerryFest ( will have a Kid Zone of games and rides, challenges and obstacles in the Scout-O-Rama, a model railroad exhibit, face painters, a classic car show, a petting zoo and pony rides, a food court, a “mom’s retreat” where mothers can relax, two stages of live entertainment, a Strawberry Kitchen featuring Mason Partak and other top chefs, the Berry Bakers and their pies and other berry treats and an interactive exhibit of exotic animals.

The application for the video contest is available online at, and a copy of the rules are available at

The Golden Coast Adventure faire and BerryFest will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 12 and 13, at the Fairgrounds of Placer County, now called @ The Grounds, 800 All America City Blvd., Roseville.

Admission is $10 for those 13 to 59, $5 for those 60 and older as well as 6 to 12. Admission to those 5 and younger is free, as is admission to military veterans with identification, active military in uniform, Rainbow Girls in uniform, American Legion in uniform, and Boy and Girl Scouts in uniform. One free admission per each decorated rolling floats in the Raspberry Parade.

The BerryFest general admission with strawberry pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. is $10. Parking at Gate C is $5.

Tickets are available online at and at

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