DESTIN The Okaloosa Arts Alliance is celebrating its "Summer Fun" poster contest's sixth year and invites student artists to interpret the theme.


DESTIN The Okaloosa Arts Alliance is celebrating its "Summer Fun" poster contest's sixth year in conjunction with the arts organization's annual arts festival.



"The OAA wants to know what you consider 'summer fun,'"  executive director Amy Baty stated in a media release. "It can be anything you can create on paper with markers, pencils, paint, pastels, charcoal or crayons."



The May 17 Spring Fest features live entertainment, arts and craft vendors, live animals, face painting, hands-on art activities, a silent auction and a display of posters from the contest.



The free, family-friendly event, formerly called the Family Fun Arts Fest Spring Fest, relocated last year from Henderson Beach State Park to Harbor Walk Village in Destin. On the Coast magazine is a sponsor.



The contest is open to all Okaloosa County School District students, with gift card prizes awarded in the elementary, middle and high school categories.



First prize in each category is a $75 gift card. Second-place winners receive a $50 gift card, while third-place winners receive a $25 card. First-place winners' art will be used on 2015 Spring Fest promotional materials.



WANT TO ENTER?



The Okaloosa Arts Alliance's "Summer Fun" poster contest is open to Okaloosa County School District students. First-, second- and third-place prizes are awarded in the elementary, middle and high school categories.



Posters must be 8.5 by 11 inches, and should include the artist's name, grade and school name. Mail entries to the Okaloosa Arts Alliance, Attention: School Poster Contest, P.O. Box 4426, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32549-4426.



Winners will be announced at the May 17 Spring Fest. Visit www.okaloosaarts.org for complete rules or contact Amy Baty, amybaty1@gmail.com or 499-8335, for more information.



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