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Eagle Festival contests announced


December 20, 2017 | View PDF

Winter is a good time for reflection and creativity. Let nature inspire you to create a poem, capture eagle images with your camera, or create a work of art to display at the Arlington-Stillaguamish Eagle Festival Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018. Cash prizes are awarded from the Arlington Arts Council.

The Nature Haiku contest is open to Snohomish County residents. Haiku poets are challenged to convey a vivid message in only 17 syllables. The format of the haiku should be the traditional non-rhyming three-line poem of 5 syllables in the first line, 7 syllables in the second line, 5 syllables in the third line, and have no punctuation. The theme of the poem should be connected to nature. You may submit a maximum of two haiku, each on its own entry form. Prizes will be awarded in three age groups (k-5th grade, 6th-12th grade, 19 years and older). First prize in each age group will be $50. Haiku entries have been used in public art within the city of Arlington. All entries must be received by midnight Jan. 29 for display at the Eagle Festival on Saturday Feb. 3. Please submit online at or by mail to: City of Arlington, Recreation, 238 N Olympic Ave, Arlington, WA 98223, or place in collection box at Arlington Library or Arlington City Hall.

The Eagle Festival will also be featuring eagle photography and a Nature Art Show Feb. 3. The eagle photography contest and nature art show is open to all ages and experience levels of residents in Snohomish County and Camano Island. Along with a $200 cash prize, the winning eagle photograph is printed on the Eagle Festival poster and displayed on the city of Arlington’s website. Photographers may enter two eagle photographs, the entry fee is $5 per photo.

Artists are encouraged to submit art depicting nature for the art show. A People’s Choice winner will receive $200 and a ribbon. Ribbons will also be presented for first, second, third places in the following categories: nature photograph, nature painting, mixed media, and two youth age categories. The fee to enter is $5 per piece, up to four entries, which includes eagle photos. The children’s entry fee is a donation to the food bank.

To enter the contests, please download application form and additional information at: Artwork must be sized from 8-by-10 inches to 18-by-24 inches (including frame). Photos can be framed or canvas wrapped. All 2-D art must have a wire for hanging. Entries must be delivered to Olympic Theater, 107 S. Olympic Ave., in downtown Arlington on the day before the show, from noon to 6 p.m., Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. Forms will be available. No submissions will be accepted after this time. 

The art show is open to all, free admission, Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Olympic Theater Cafe during the Arlington-Stillaguamish Eagle Festival.

For information about the upcoming Eagle Festival, please visit or call Sarah Lopez at 360-403-3448.


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