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Build Your Own Whirligig


We are so excited to offer once again 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. The three categories are , professionals/artists, amateur & kids. Judging will take place on Saturday morning of the festival with the winners announced mid-afternoon on the whirligig stag. 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 from 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, November 3rd

Entries must remain on display for the entire festival.

Entry categories: Professional, Amateur and Kids (under 17)

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 area is concrete so you may use weighted anchors for support but tie downs cannot be anchored into the ground. 
Winners will be announced on Saturday, November 4th in the afternoon (typically between 2-3pm) at the Whirligig Park stage.

Deadline to Enter –Friday, October 27


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 17 or under, individual or group, as school project or church youth group
Ribbons will be awarded for 2nd and 3rd place in each category

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Chalk Art Competition

Calling artists of all ages! Our 4th 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 are 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.

Deadline for registration is Friday, October 27



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

Adults (non-professional artists)

Professional Artists

3D Artist

If you have specific questions, please email

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