BETHEL – The streets of Bethel will be the track for the third annual Summer Solstice Sculpture Race at noon Sunday, June 20. Artists, artisans, students and sculpture buffs, craftsmen, tinkers, iron workers, welders, woodworkers, sculptors, engineers and creative people of all persuasions are encouraged to create art to race.

There will be five prizes: Fastest, Most Aesthetically Pleasing, Most Mechanically Ingenious and Most Humorous; and an under 12 division for kids. Prizes will include trophies created by Master Potter Wood Hughes.

What is a Sculpture Race? Moving art! Kinetic, original, creative, competitive, fun and a spectacle for onlookers. The criteria for sculpture entries are: human powered; pushed, pedaled, pulled or otherwise (not dragged or carried); must incorporate wheels, legs or other means of movement; no floats, bicycles, wagons or pre-manufactured wheeled vehicles or devices; created or raced by individuals or teams; use of recycled materials and “found objects” is encouraged; may not be existing sculpture, must be newly created; sculptures may not contain advertising; height limit is under 13′ 6” (state law); width limit is 8′ 6″ (state law).

The entry fee is $10, payable to Midsummer Festival, postmarked by June 10. More information and entry forms are available on-line at www.midsummerfestival.org or e-mail [email protected] Request forms by mail from Midsummer Festival, P.O. Box 2104, Bethel, ME 04217-2103, or call 824-3246 or 824-3170.

The race will be followed by the Midsummer Festival, featuring music, medieval knights in armor, crafts and Morris Dancers. It is sponsored by the Mahoosuc Arts Council.


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