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NC Whirligig Festival
Art Competitions

We are thrilled to offer several art competitions for all age groups this year!


Build Your Own Whirligig


Chalk Art Competition


Submit photos

Build Your Own Whirligig

We are so excited to be bringing back the " Build your own Whirligig" competition! Let's see your whimsical, colorful, kinetic outdoor sculptures for a chance to win cash prizes! We are calling for Whirligigs made with found materials so search your back yard and garage for unused treasures. Then bring together your friends, family, neighbors or co-workers and "Give it a Whirl" in a creative way. There will be three categories , professionals/artists, amateur & kids. Judging will take place on Saturday at the festival with the winners announced in the afternoon. Pre-registration is required and can be done through the Whirligig Festival website where you can see the full list of details. Build it high, low, wide or even with a theme – just build it! 

Things to keep in mind:
Whirligigs must be made out of recycled or “found” materials.
Whirligigs must whirl by only wind power, no other power source may be used.
Winners from the previous year(s) may not resubmit the same whirligig for consideration. Reusing pieces of
previously judged whirligigs are acceptable, but major changes must be added or made to be considered. For
example, a new paint job or different dangling pieces would not be considered a significant change.
All entries must be delivered and installed by the artist Friday, Nov. 4th

Entries must remain on display for the entire festival.
Entry categories: Professional, Amateur and Kids (under 16)
One winner in each category will be chosen and receive $250.
Ribbons for recognition and honorable mention may be determined by the judges.
Judges may remain anonymous and include several local artists, members of the festival board and members of
the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park.
Whirligigs must be freestanding for display during the festival. The areas is concrete, poles, supports or tie downs
cannot be anchored into the ground.
Winners will be announced on Saturday, Nov. 5 in the afternoon at the Whirligig Park stage.

Deadline to Enter –Tuesday, October 25th


Contest Categories:
$250 - Professional/Business – access to professional tools, materials, and equipment for building
$250 - Amateur – individual or group built in home garage by community member 17 yrs or older
$250 - Kids – open to all kids 16 or under, individual or group, as school project or church youth group
Total: $750
Ribbons provided for 2nd and 3rd place.


Show Us Your Whirligig Festival Memories (online entry)

Time to pull out those photos from Whirligig Festivals from the past for this year's photo competition! We'd like to see your memories from any & all previous whirligig festivals. We will post the entries in online gallery to be shared on social media during the week leading up to the festival. Prizes will be awarded in several categories including "Most Creative" & "People's Choice". 

Submit your photos

Please include your name, phone number & the year the photo was taken.


Chalk Art Competition

Calling artists of all ages! Our 3rd annual Chalk Art Competition is back! This year the competition will take place inside the Whirligig Park as the festival goers enjoy watching the creations come to life!

Entry is free and prizes awarded for ‘Best in Show’ in each category!

Pre-registration is required to allow for space for each artist. Participants check-in at the Whirligig Park beginning at 9:00 am

Saturday morning. Chalk will be provided & artists are welcome to bring their own chalk provided they are water soluble (no oil pastels or paints) and all materials must be approved beforehand by the committee chair.

No religious, political or offensive language permitted in your design. Work should be family friendly! Chalk art will stay on display during the duration of the festival. Images of the artwork may be used in publicity photos & social media promoting the festival.


Kids (16 & under) Must be accompanied by an adult & have permission

Adults (non-professional artists)

Professional Artists

If you have specific questions, please email

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