The Fun of the Fair

The adventure continues into the local stamp scene, hosted by the Ipoh Stamp group, it’s all happening at the Perak Stamp Fair & Exhibition in the heart of Ipoh Town at the Urban Transformation Centre (UTC) Perak from (Friday-Sunday) June 20 to 22, 9am to 10pm, three days of stamps and fun! Nine hundred pages of stamp exhibits will be on display in frames on loan from the Philatelic Society of Malaysia, rare Perak postal history, as well as traditional and thematic exhibits for viewing including some at junior level. A very special initiative is the ‘One Page Exhibition’ competition, where a single A4 page is created to tell a complete story using stamps. This competition was advertised online and there will be entries from China, Australia, Singapore, UK and Malaysia. Judging is by popular vote, meaning, You, the audience are requested to choose your favourite page. Voting extends over the three days, and votes will be counted and winners announced on Sunday afternoon.

Children and early birds arriving Saturday and Sunday receive free stamps. Friday morning will have colouring competitions for primary school kids, Word Search and Spot the Difference puzzles. Others are: Guess How Many stamps in the Jar; easy to win lucky draws; PowerPoint presentations on Perak Postal history (4.30pm Saturday) by Anthony Morris, a well-known local historian; Malaysian birds on Malaysian stamps (2.30pm Sat & Sun) by local bird photographer Connie Khoo; and at 12.30pm Saturday & Sunday, local philatelist Vera will tell you the intricacies of thematic stamp collecting. Stamp dealers from Singapore, Kedah, Penang, Ipoh, Teluk Intan will all be there and there will also be Vintage Perak Postcards with displays of Ipoh and Environs and Tin Mining supplied by IpohWorld.

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