The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration is encouraging artists to take part in a competition that will have their work flying high above The Grounds.

The banners that line the streets will be replaced before the 2005 Celebration Fun Show.  The Celebration is opening up competition for artists and designers to use their creativity and participate in a design contest for the new banners.

“There are a lot of people out there with creative ability and hold The Celebration as something special in their lives,” said Director of Public and Media Relations Chip Walters.  “This competition will give the winner something to brag about for sure.”

In addition to bragging rights, there will be a prize package awarded to the winner.

Complete rules for the contest are available at  but some of the highlights include the contest being open to all ages and abilities.  The main criteria in judging will be the ability of the submitted artwork to promote the history and traditions of The Celebration in a manner that can be reproduced effectively.

“Free-hand art as well as computer-generated designs are welcomed,” continued Walters.  “The winning entry will be one that will stand the test of time as these banners are changed out about every 3-5 years.  My one piece of advice to those in the competition is to keep it simple and classy.”

All entries must be received at The Celebration offices by the close of business on Friday, January 15.  The winner will be announced shortly thereafter.

Artists that still have questions, after reading the rules, may contact Walters at 931-684-5915 or by email at

Celebration Banner Art Contest Rules

General Rules:
Use only 11 x 17 inch paper or poster board - other sizes will NOT be judged.

All submitted art becomes property of The Celebration and will NOT be returned.

Must be the artist’s original work

No use of syndicated or copyrighted characters other than the name, The Celebration.

Computer-aided art is encouraged and will be welcomed. Those using computers need to supply a CD-ROM of the artwork (as a PDF file) as well as a hard copy.

Reproductibility of the art into banners placed throughout the Celebration Grounds will be a major factor in the judges' decision.

Judging of entries will be done by a select panel and all decisions will be final.

Entries must be received by The Celebration office by January 14, 2005.


The artist’s concept must be original.

The artwork should have a positive approach and focus on The Celebration.

Contest entries must be sent or delivered to The Celebration office. The posters are judged on:

Quality of Design

Creativity and Originality of the Artwork

Appropriate Theme



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