Military Appreciation Day

Patriotic Art Contest
In honor of Military Appreciation Day!

CONTEST DETAILS:
DEADLINE: Wednesday, August 4th
ENTRIES ACCEPTED: Please submit your most patriotic art on canvas or paper sized 8×10 or 8.5×11 in these following mediums only: Watercolor, Colored Pencil, Pastel, Charcoal, Tempera, Crayon, Acrylic Paint, Pen, Ink, Oil, or Marker.
SUBMISSION FORMAT: Photos of the art (if on a canvas) or a digital scanned image.
ELIGIBILITY: Contest open to youth ages 6-17 with 3 age categories: 6-9, 10-13, & 14-17. One winner from each category will be selected. We request all other participants, besides the winners, to drop off their artwork at the main office on Monday, August 9th or Tuesday, August 10th to be displayed throughout the fairgrounds.
PRIZES: The veterans and active military members of the fair committee will choose winners and announce winners by Friday, August 6. All winners must bring their artwork to the fairgrounds on Monday, August 9. If it is not received, winners will forfeit their place and the second place individual will be called. $100 cash prize for each winner within each category will receive an award and complimentary family 4 pack of tickets for admission into Thursday’s Fair, August 12th. Winners will have their artwork displayed on Thursday August 12th at the fair and will be presented with their award on Thursday August 12th at 6:30 PM. All winners MUST BE PRESENT to receive their award that night. Winners will also get the option to have their artwork displayed at Operation Stand Down RI Veterans Service Center in Johnston RI’s leading organization for servicing the veteran community.
TO ENTER:
· Email submission to thewashingtoncountyfair@gmail.com by August 4th and include your First & Last Name, DOB, and City you live. Please use “Patriotic Art Contest” in the subject line. Please also include best contact information.
· Canvas or Paper (8×10 or 8.5 x 11)
· Materials allowed: Watercolor, Colored Pencil, Pastel, Charcoal, Tempera, Crayon, Acrylic Paint, Pen, Ink, Oil, or Marker.
· NO DIGITAL ART OR PHOTOGRAPHY
· With submission include a short explanation of the meaningful message of the artwork
· Creator MUST be between 6-17 years of age, and include a valid DOB with submission
· To have artwork displayed on the fairgrounds, all artwork must be brought to the main office by Tuesday, August 10th UNLESS you are announced a winner. All winners MUST bring their artwork to the main office by Monday, August 9th or have the prize forfeited.
· We need the contact information of a parent or guardian for each participant

EVENTS:
8AM – RI Military Vehicles Collection on display – Ring 3
12PM – Flag Ceremony – Main Office
12:10PM – Wreath Laying Ceremony – Main Office
Note: Wreath Laying Ceremony is in honor of the 29 fallen heroes from Rhode Island who lost their lives post 9/11 fighting against the Global War on Terror.
6:30PM – Patriotic Art Contest Winner Award Presentation
ALL DAY – Push Up Challenge – Army National Guard Booth
ALL DAY – Boots on the Ground Heroes Memorial – Main Office

BOOTHS: 

Beyond the Battle
Beyond the Battle™ is a 501c3 non-profit organization that utilizes the outdoors to provide healing opportunities for the Veteran community. They raise $70,000+ a year through grassroots donations from the community. They employ the funds raised to take Veterans on outdoor adventures, guided hunts, chartered fishing trips, hiking adventures, and anything that they can do to provide them with the healing experience of nature. Beyond the Battle provides our Family of Heroes with a network that extends far beyond the hunting and fishing adventures. Beyond the Battle™ is driven to have a positive impact on the Veteran community who have given our great nation so much.

Operation Stand Down 
Operation Stand Down Rhode Island (OSDRI) is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and Rhode Island’s primary nonprofit resource for homeless and at-risk veterans. Founded in 1993 OSDRI’s mission is to strengthen the veteran community by providing crucial wrap-around services. OSDRI offers a wide range of life-changing services including supportive permanent and transitional housing, intensive case management, legal assistance (VA Claims, Social Security benefit claims, evictions, expungements, and more) basic human needs assistance (for example, food and clothing) and an employment training and placement program. OSDRI works hand in hand with almost every major state and federal agency as well as community organizations and employers to provide seamless referrals to outside sources of assistance.

The Currahee Project 
The Currahee Project is part of the VA Community Task Force. “Currahee” is a Native American term that means, “We stand alone, together.” The Currahee Project was founded by a Fleet Marine Force Corpsman who lost 6 of his Brother Marines to suicide, 4 in one year alone. The purpose of the project is to help fellow veterans and service members get the services, as well as the vital information they need to reintegrate into civilian life. This organization is completely volunteer, and donation based. The Currahee Project works hard to stand against Veteran Homelessness and for Veteran Suicide Awareness.

The Vet Center
The Vet Center is a community-based counseling center that provide a wide range of social and psychological services, including professional readjustment counseling to eligible Veterans, active-duty service members, including National Guard and Reserve components, and their families. Readjustment counseling is offered to make a successful transition from military to civilian life or after a traumatic event experienced in the military. Individual, group, marriage, and family counseling is offered in addition to referral and connection to other VA or community benefits and services. Vet Center counselors and outreach staff, many of whom are Veterans themselves, are experienced and prepared to discuss the tragedies of war, loss, grief, and transition after trauma.

Chairperson: Jess Miller – jmiller6917@gmail.com

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