RULES AND REGULATIONS
ALL ARTICLES FOR COMPETITION MUST BE REGISTERED BY June 23, 2016. Entries can be registered online at www.westernshowcase.com or by mail and must be accompanied by a photo of the entry. Please note that any article not registered by June 23, 2016 will not be accepted into the competition. We do not accept entries on Take-In day.
Entry fees for the Open and Junior competition are $15 per entry and may be paid by cheque if mailed in advance, made out to the Calgary Stampede, by cash at Take-In or by credit card if registering online. Confirmation receipts will be sent for online entries.
There is no entry fee for the Charity Section.
Each competitor in the Adult and Junior Section is limited to TWO entries. The two entries must be in SEPARATE classes. All articles must be completed within the 12 months prior to Stampede 2016.
The Committee* is unable to accept or return arts and crafts by mail. Entrants must make their own arrangements for the delivery and pick-up of articles submitted by following the instructions below.
TAKE-IN OF ARTICLES for competition - Wednesday, June 29, 2016 (10:00 am to 7:00 pm) in Hall E of the BMO Centre, located off of 12th Avenue SE. Please check the website or contact us for a parking map. In order to avoid charges for parking on Take-In Day, please present the parking lot coupon to the gate attendant at time of entry. The parking coupon is on the last page of the Competition booklet and also available online at westernshowcase.com.
Note: All other lots have a parking fee. The Committee cannot stamp tickets for a refund.
PICK-UP OF ARTICLES at end of Stampede - Tuesday, July 19, 2016 (10:00 am to 7:00 pm) in Hall E of the BMO Centre, located off of 12th Avenue SE. Please pick up or arrange for pick-up of your articles on Pick-Up Day. Please use the same parking lot as for drop-off. In order to avoid charges for parking on Pick-Up Day, please present the parking lot coupon to the gate attendant at time of entry. The parking coupon is on the last page of the Competition booklet and also available online at westernshowcase.com. Articles will only be returned to the owner unless otherwise authorized in writing by the owner and the claim ticket provided during Take-In is presented. All articles will be signed in and out. No articles can be removed until Stampede is over. Any articles not picked up by 7:00 pm July 19, 2016 will be donated to our designated charity.
All framed items will be displayed on pegboard walls. Therefore, they must be equipped for hanging as follows:
Insurance is the responsibility of the participant. Under no circumstance shall the Calgary Stampede, its Directors, officers, employees or volunteers be held responsible for any loss, damage or for articles not picked up on Pick-Up Day. Every precaution is taken by the Creative Arts and Crafts Committee to protect all articles when handling and displaying the articles. While in our possession, articles are monitored by security personnel provided by the Calgary Stampede.
- With picture wire for hanging
- The wire must be attached with screw eyes on wooden frames or proper d-rings on metal frames.
- Saw tooth hangers will NOT be accepted.
- The article will be rejected by the Committee if it is deemed not suitably equipped for hanging.
The Committee engages external individuals to judge the entries before they are displayed. These judges are acknowledged experts and/or professionals in the arts and crafts they are judging. The identity of the judges will remain confidential.
The Creative Arts and Crafts Committee and judges reserve the right to accept or reject entries, depending on condition and suitability for exhibit. The Committee further reserves the right to not display entries depending on the quality or condition of the article, space availability or if entry is outside acceptable dimensions of display requirements (i.e. framed articles).
The Committee reserves the right to have judges move articles to another class if they deem it appropriate. If this results in both of your entries being in the same class, you will be requested to remove one entry.
Original design will be given extra consideration in the judging, but quality must be maintained. "Original" means that the concept, design and execution are the participant's own. Modifications to commercial designs, patterns or kits are not "originals" but will be accepted in the competition.
All decisions of the judges are final. An article is judged on its individual merit and will be ranked as the judges deem fit. A single entry in a class is not guaranteed a ribbon. Judges follow the rules of judging established by the Creative Arts and Crafts Committee.
The Committee will not accept any entry that:
Please label "front" and "top" of entries so that the articles can be displayed correctly. This is particularly important for entries in hardanger class, knitting, crocheting and tatting.
- is not suitably equipped for display (applies mainly to framed articles and quilts)
- requires electrical, mechanical or battery operated devices
- is deemed too fragile to be displayed
- is deemed too large to be displayed
- is dirty or damaged
- falls beyond the 12 month competition criteria
No information or signs will be displayed with the item. While you can provide this information for the judges, the Creative Arts and Crafts Committee are not able to include it as part of the display.
All exhibited entries must remain on display for the entire period of the Calgary Stampede.
Anyone who deliberately tries to deceive the Committee in regard to ownership of an entered piece OR anyone who purchases or "borrows" articles to enter/exhibit as their own will forfeit all claims as a participant for that year. Further, if a participant tries to deceive the Committee more than once, he or she will be banned from entering any future Creative Arts and Crafts competitions.
Participants in the Western Art Show will not be allowed to enter pieces for competition in the Creative Arts and Crafts Competition. However participants in the Scholarship Program may enter pieces in the Creative Arts and Crafts Competition.
*Creative Arts and Crafts Committee of Western Lifestyles herein after may be called "the Committee".