If you’re a State or County Fair

Our new Wipeable murals are a perfect fit for Fairs. You can wipe down the mural at the end of each day, and then save the mural for use for several more years!

Product Recommendations

Rigid Wipeable Plastic
This is by far our most common product for fairs, because the lifespan is longer than the Rollable Wipeable.  You need a wall or a side of a building to mount it on, or a fence would work if it's a tight enough fence that the wind doesn't blow through it.  It works with Crayola Brand Washable Markers, or Crayola Brand Washable Paint, and wipes with water and sponge or hose.

Rollable Wipeable Plastic
We usually don't suggest this for fairs.  But if you have several events that you need to move it between, it would make sense for you.  But note that it has glue joints that won't last forever, so you're trading longevity for having it all in one piece with grommets (the Rigid has no glue joints).  Also, the Rollable doesn't necessarily store smaller, as we don't recommend rolling it too tight for long periods (so the Rigid actually takes up less storage space).

Table Size Coloring Sheets
We have many fairs that love the Table Size Sheets instead of the bigger Wall-Size murals.  Just put the Table Sheets down on 8' tables and put some crayons out, and you have an activity area.  Lots of people can color at a time, and it takes a long time to finish them.  We have some fairs that buy as few as four sheets, and some that buy as many as 30.

Thoughts on How to Use Them

Mural as a Fair Activity

As an activity, these murals are a fun, warm-and-fuzzy addition to your event. You'll get participants of all ages---kids, parents, teens and seniors.

Christmas!

Do you have Christmas events on your grounds? A mural can help with your theming, and add great activity. To see some design ideas---In the design search, choose the "Holiday" tag!

Design & Customization


We have hundreds of character sets---dozens of which feature farms and fair elements. We can mix and match any characters, animals, barns and background elements from any of our designs. Or, if you like, we can draw in some elements from your fair---your barns, pavilions, grandstands, activities, fair royalty, specific animals, etc. We can also place your logos and even your fair mascot right into the design.

Get Your Mural Sponsored!

A mural is a fantastic activity for a local business to sponsor. It's a fun activity for all ages. It's a great visual--that could include their full-color logo. It's a wholesome, warm-and-fuzzy association with their brand. We can place sponsor logos right into the mural design. Remember, a mural should last several years, so their sponsorship dollars could stretch over that time.

Mounting Considerations


Our recommendation for Fairs is to use our Rigid Wipeable Plastic, and mount it on a wall or side of a building on your grounds. You could also mount to a fence---if it's a tight slat fence that the wind does not blow through. Many fairs we've worked with have built their own wall for this.

The Rigid Wipeable Mural is delivered in 4 ft wide sections. You can easily drill small holes in the Rigid material where you need them. Use small screws to mount to the wall behind it. You can use adhesives, but then it's difficult to remove between fairs.

We show a mural stand that works with our Single Use Tarps and Rollable Plastic Murals, but we usually don't recommend these for Fairs. Our stand works best for one or two-day community festivals, where they don't have to worry as much about overnight wind.

Indoor/Outdoor---Paint vs. Markers


Our Wipeable murals work with Crayola Brand Washable Markers, or Crayola Brand Washable Paint. Most fairs we work with use the Markers, as it's cleaner, easier to manage, cheaper than paint, and easier to clean off. (However, paint is a lot of fun if you'd like to do that every once in a while!) If you're indoors, markers are likely your best option. Markers wipe off with water and sponge, or a hose if you have it. If you'd like to use it in an area where water can't hit the floor, you can, if you're careful, wipe it with sponge and trigger sprayer bottle.

Staffing Considerations

Most fairs we hear from use very minimal staffing to oversee the mural activity. A few will have one person at all times, but many seem to just have people working nearby who check in on it periodically. You want to keep people from using their own Sharpie-type markers. Many fairs have told us that they will close the mural in the evenings, when the crowd is more rowdy than during the day.

Wiping It Down

Again, our Wipeable Murals work with Crayola Brand Washable Markers and Crayola Brand Washable Paint, and wipe off with just water and sponge. We highly recommend cleaning it off every day to avoid the mural staining. We've had some Family Entertainment Centers and small Theme Parks who wiped it every day get to 700 or 800 days of use. We don't recommend using any soaps or cleaning products. You can use a regular hose with a trigger sprayer, but absolutely do not use a pressure washer!

How Long Will It Last?

This varies, depending on how you use it, how you clean it, how you store it, and how much sun it gets. For the Rigid Plastic, we recommend cleaning it off at the end of every day, or at least every other day, to avoid residue buildup. We don't recommend leaving it out in the sun for extended periods. Most fairs are 5 to 21 or so days. so we recommend storing it indoors (and cleaned off!) between fairs. We've had Family Entertainment Centers and small Theme Parks who used it every day of the year, and get to 700 or 800 days of use. Several of our initial Rigid customers from 2008 are still using their mural---one 21-day state fair, and one client with two six-week events per year.

The Rollable Wipeable Plastic, however, will not have that longevity. The Rollable Plastic is also printed in 4 ft sections, but the sections are put together with a glue/adhesive. Those adhesive joints aren't going to last forever---we're seeing life in the range of two years before seeing some separation. Some clients have seen longer. (We've tried, but the Rollables really aren't repairable.)