NORWALK, Conn. – Time is running out to submit an entry to The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk’s 12th annual “Festival of Lighthouses Contest.”
Each entrant will receive an aquarium family membership, and there are $3,300 in prizes available, including $1,500 for first place. Other prizes to be awarded are: $750 for second, $375 for third; $300 for fourth; $225 for fifth; and $150 for sixth.
A limited number of spaces remain. Entry forms are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis but must be received by Oct. 25. (After 24 entries are received, all subsequent entrants will be placed on a waiting list). The contest is free to enter, but you must be at least 14 years old.
The special exhibit will place up to 24 model lighthouses in the aquarium from Nov. 16 through Jan. 20. Aquarium visitors will follow these hand-crafted beacons through the galleries and then cast a vote for their favorite.
To qualify, lighthouses must be 3 to 6 feet tall and have a working light – beyond that, it’s up to the creators’ imaginations. Previous years’ entries have been crafted out of about every material imaginable, from the expected – wood, metal, stone, papier mache, plastic and glass – to the unexpected – paper, string, sea glass, candy, furnace filters, trash and even paper clips. Animal remains, including shells, may not be used.
Lighthouses must be delivered to the aquarium between Nov. 8-11.
Go here for an entry form and the official rules. For more details, call The Maritime Aquarium at (203) 852-0700, Ext. 2248.