Calling Kids to Compete in the Fair

Winner of last year's DC State Fair Kid's Art Contest.
Winner of last year’s DC State Fair Kid’s Art Contest.

A sense of pride fills a child who posts his or her artwork to the refrigerator door, for all to see. But what about sharing that artwork with the DC community at the DC State Fair?

The DC State Fair has Art and Poetry Contests available for kids of all ages (preschool through 9th grade). This year, we are partnering with the Shaw Neighborhood Library (1630 7th St NW) to host Art Sundays, to give children a supportive space to practice their creativity.

And instead of bringing the artwork home, it can be entered into the DC State Fair Art and Poetry competition (all entries are due by September 6 at 5pm). All artwork will be displayed at the DC State Fair on September 12, and the first, second and third place winners in Art and Poetry will be awarded a ribbon.

The library will provide assorted paper, glue, crayons, pencils, and scissors to inspire the imagination. Kids can bring any other materials they wish to use to create their masterpiece. Art Sundays will take place on August 23, August 30, and September 6 from 2pm to 3pm at the Shaw Neighborhood Library (1630 7th St NW). Contest sign-up forms are required and can be filled out at the library.

As a bonus, the Shaw Neighborhood Library will give prizes to the winners in each category. Library representatives will also be at the Fair to share general information about how to get involved in your local DC Public Library. For more information regarding the contests, please visit

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