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International Owl ART Contest

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Click here to see the 2016 winners!

Due to the amazing entries received in the past few years, our contest is changing from a coloring contest to an OWL ART CONTEST for 2017. 

CONTEST RULES:

  • Entries must be the original art of the child entering the contest, with no help from adults. We no longer accept printed owls that are just colored.
  • Entries must be an image of an owl.
  • Children up to age 18 may enter. (We no longer accept adult entries.)
  • Print out this form and TAPE the small label to the bottom right corner of the front of the image, and TAPE the larger form to the back of the image. (Do not use glue or rubber cement.) PLEASE PRINT NEATLY or type the information. Click here to see a video of how to properly label entries.
  • Entries that are not properly labeled will be disqualified.
  • Entries must be received by January 15, 2017. (Entries must be mailed; no email entries accepted.) Please allow adequate time for delivery, which can take as many as 3-4 weeks from some countries.
  • Limit one entry per person
  • Use enough postage, as "postage due" entries will not be accepted.
  • PRIZES: All properly labeled entries will be judged by area artists. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each category will receive a mailed certificate. First prize winners in each catergory will receive a cash prize (paid through PayPal) as follows: 0-5 years: $20 USD; 6-9 years - $30 USD; 10-14 years - $40 USD; 15-18 years - $50 USD. 
  • All entries become the property of the International Owl Center and cannot be returned due to the volume of entries received. They will be used to decorate the storefronts in Houston during the International Festival of Owls the first weekend in March, and may be sold or auctioned to raise funds to support the International Owl Center. Some will be kept for temporary or permanent display at the Owl Center.
  • Results will be posted on our public Facebook page in February or March.

Entries should be mailed through the postal service to:

International Festival of Owls
P O Box 536
Houston, MN 55943
USA

Entries mailed through DHL, UPS, and FedEx should be mailed to:

International Owl Center
126 E Cedar St
Houston, MN 55943
USA
+1 507-896-6957

 

Kids Activities at the Festival

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Kids will enjoy getting their faces painted like an owl, making a variety of owl crafts, or trying out some owl activities.

 

Saturday March 4, 2017 from 10:30 – 2:30

Sunday, March 5, 2017 from 11:00 - 2:00

Houston High School

Admission wristband is required.  Additional fees for face painting.

 

 

 

Whoooooo’s ready for a STORYWALK?

In celebration of the 15th Annual International Festival of Owls, the Houston Public Library is hosting our 2nd official StoryWalk, this time featuring “Owl Moon” written by Jane Yolen and illustrated by John Schoenherr. 

What in the world is a StoryWalk?  Well, imagine you and your kids are walking around downtown Houston and all along the way you keep coming across pages from a children’s picture book mounted in the windows of local businesses. 

Before you know it, you’re reading a story as you go! The concept of a StoryWalk was developed in 2007 by Anne Ferguson

of Montpellier, Vermont, with the goal of “combining three critical elements for overall family health early literacy learning, family engagement outdoors, and physical activity.”

Our StoryWalk begins on the front door of the Houston Public Library, crosses over Sherman Street to the International Owl Center, heads around the corner and over to Maple Street, turns onto Grant, then finishes back up on Cedar Street  -- so basically a trip around Houston’s busiest commercial block.  As the pages of “Owl Moon” are prominently displayed in front windows and doors and are clearly visible from the sidewalk, you can go about your own StoryWalk at any time of day or night! 

Have fun on your StoryWalk--and don’t forget to support Houston’s local businesses that are making this event possible. Questions? Call the library at 507-896-READ!

Introduction:  Houston Public Library  --  202 East Cedar

Pages 1-2:  International Owl Center  --  126 East Cedar

Pages 3-4:  Skifton Building Garage  --  attached to International Owl Center on Sherman St.

Pages 5-6:  Houston Dental Clinic  --  109 East Maple

Page 7-8:  Bluff Country Financial Services  --  106 East Maple

Page 9-10:  Graf Insurance Agency  --  101 East Maple

Page 11-12:  Snow’s Beauty Salon  --  134 South Grant

Page 13-14:  United States Post Office  --  127 South Grant

Page 15-16:  American Legion Club  --  121 South Grant

Page 17-18:  H&R Block  --  109 South Grant

Page 19-20:  Cox True Value Hardware  --  101 South Grant

Page 21-22: Carlson Coffee Roasting & Mini-Doughnut Lab  --  101 West Cedar

Page 23-24:  Barista’s Coffee House  --  110 North Grant

Page 25-26:  Mound Prairie Mutual Insurance  --  115 East Cedar

Page 27-28:  Root River Market Cooperative  --  119 East Cedar

Page 29-30:  JT’s Corner Bar & Grill  --  125 East Cedar

THE END!  THANKS FOR PARTICIPATING!

 


Whoooooo’s ready for a STORYWALK?

In celebration of the 15th Annual International Festival of Owls, the Houston Public Library is hosting our 2nd official StoryWalk,

this time featuring “Owl Moon” written by Jane Yolen and illustrated by John Schoenherr. 

What in the world is a StoryWalk?  Well, imagine you and your kids are walking around downtown Houston and

all along the way you keep coming across pages from a children’s picture book mounted in the windows of local businesses. 

Before you know it, you’re reading a story as you go!    The concept of a StoryWalk was developed in 2007 by Anne Ferguson

of Montpellier, Vermont, with the goal of “combining three critical elements for overall family health:

 early literacy learning, family engagement outdoors, and physical activity.”

Our StoryWalk begins on the front door of the Houston Public Library, crosses over Sherman Street to the International Owl Center, heads around the corner and over to Maple Street, turns onto Grant, then finishes back up on Cedar Street  -- so basically a trip around Houston’s busiest commercial block.  As the pages of “Owl Moon” are prominently displayed in front windows and doors

and are clearly visible from the sidewalk, you can go about your own StoryWalk at any time of day or night! 

Have fun on your StoryWalk--  and don’t forget to support Houston’s local businesses that are making this event possible.   Questions?  Call the library at 507-896-READ!

Introduction:  Houston Public Library  --  202 East Cedar

Pages 1-2:  International Owl Center  --  126 East Cedar

Pages 3-4:  Skifton Building Garage  --  attached to International Owl Center on Sherman Street

Pages 5-6:  Houston Dental Clinic  --  109 East Maple

Page 7-8:  Bluff Country Financial Services  --  106 East Maple

Page 9-10:  Graf Insurance Agency  --  101 East Maple

Page 11-12:  Snow’s Beauty Salon  --  134 South Grant

Page 13-14:  United States Post Office  --  127 South Grant

Page 15-16:  American Legion Club  --  121 South Grant

Page 17-18:  H&R Block  --  109 South Grant

Page 19-20:  Cox True Value Hardware  --  101 South Grant

Page 21-22: Carlson Coffee Roasting & Mini-Doughnut Lab  --  101 West Cedar

Page 23-24:  Barista’s Coffee House  --  110 North Grant

Page 25-26:  Mound Prairie Mutual Insurance  --  115 East Cedar

Page 27-28:  Root River Market Cooperative  --  119 East Cedar

Page 29-30:  JT’s Corner Bar & Grill  --  125 East Cedar

THE END!  THANKS FOR PARTICIPATING!


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