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2014 Design A Poster Contest
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Design A Poster ContestAttention all Artists!  Come  help us commemorate our 40th Anniversary of the Johnny Appleseed Festival by joining us in our Design-A-Poster contest!  We are holding a contest to see who can design the poster that best catches the spirit of Johnny Appleseed and the Festival that celebrates his life every third full weekend in September.

All entries must be submitted by Aug. 4, 2014 to Daryn Schwartz the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Main Office at 705 E. State Blvd.  Entries will be judged by a panel of 3 independent judges, no later than September 15, 2014.  The top entry in each category (Under 13 years of age, 13 to 17 years of age, and 18 years of age or older) will be awarded $150 worth of cash and prizes.  Please see the Official Rules and Entry Form for all the details!



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OFFICIAL RULES (Download a copy HERE)

The Johnny Appleseed Festival Board of Directors invites you to help us celebrate our 40th Festival by joining us for our Design-a-Poster Contest. In order to help commemorate this year’s festival, we are having a contest to design a poster depicting John Chapman and the Festival that celebrates his life and times every year on the third full weekend of September here in Fort Wayne, Indiana.



All artists are invited to submit an entry. There will be three prize categories (12 years old and under, 13 to 17, and 18 years and over). Prizes will be awarded by a panel of independent judges. All entries submitted by entrants under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a permission slip and release form signed by the entrant’s legal guardian.



1. Artist can produce the poster using any medium (pastels, watercolor, pencil, etc.) of his or her choice.

2. Artwork will be a minimum of 8 ½ by 11 inches, and a maximum of 22 x 34 inches in size.

3. Artwork must be submitted on paper that will allow for duplication, display and framing.

4. Artwork should not be matted, mounted, framed, laminated, or folded.

5. Artwork must be entrant’s own original work.

6. Entrants should include the following items:

a. Johnny Appleseed Festival, Inc. Logo

b. Johnny Appleseed Festival name.

c. Johnny Appleseed Festival dates (September 20, and 21, 2014)

d. All text should be displayed in an easy to read style and location.

e. The artwork should include the artists original depiction of Johnny Appleseed (John Chapman) and/or the Johnny Appleseed Festival.

f. 40th Anniversary should be noted in some way

7. Each entry must be accompanied by the official entry form in order to be eligible for prizes. Entry forms can be downloaded from our website (, or picked up in person from Daryn Schwartz at the main office of the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department at 705 E. State Blvd, Fort Wayne, Indiana.

8. Entrant’s name and contact information should be included on the back of the artwork in addition to the entry form


When and Where:

All submissions for consideration in the contest should be received no later than August 4, 2014. Entries received by mail must be postmarked no later than August 1, 2014 to be deemed eligible for the contest.

Submissions should be made to:

The Johnny Appleseed Festival, Inc.
c/o Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department
Attn: Daryn Schwartz
705 E. State Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805



Prizes will be awarded in 3 categories based upon the artist’s age (12 years old and under, 13 to 17 years, or 18 years and over). Three prizes valued at $150 in cash and prizes will be awarded to the top winner of each category. Prizes will be awarded by an independent panel of three judges prior to the Johnny Appleseed Festival on September 20 and 21, 2014. Winning entries will be on display at the festival in the Information Booth area. Prizes will be available for pickup by winning entrants at the Festival Information Booth during regular festival hours, or from Daryn Schwartz at the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation main office at 705 E. State Blvd, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805 after September 22, 2014 during normal hours of operation. Ownership of unclaimed prizes will revert to the Johnny Appleseed Festival, Inc. after November 22, 2014.



Artwork must be your original work (not a copy of published art/illustrations). By entering this contest, the entrant, or his/her legal guardian if less than 18 years of age, asserts that the entry is his or her original artwork. All artwork submitted becomes the property of the Johnny Appleseed Festival, Inc. and may be used by the Johnny Appleseed Festival, Inc. in any and all media forms now known, or hereafter developed for non-commercial and commercial purposes alike. Application submissions will not be returned and are the property of the Johnny Appleseed Festival, Inc. One entry allowed per person. The names of the top three entrants in each category may be published on the Johnny Appleseed Festival, Inc. website, used in promotional advertisements, and released to local and state media.

Members of the Board of Directors of the Johnny Appleseed Festival, board assistants, and their immediate family members are not eligible to participate in this contest. These rules are subject to change or modification at any time.