Student Art and Essay Showcase

For two consecutive weekends, the Alachua County Fairgrounds will be transformed into a world where Merlin, King Arthur and many more roam through the crowds of dancers, acrobats, and fire-breathers and a medieval marketplace will be filled with hundreds of artisans selling and demonstrating their medieval wares.

The first 50 participants to submit their essay or artwork will receive 2 complimentary tickets to the Faire along with a participant scroll and ribbon. The work of all participants will be displayed at the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire held on January 26-27, and February 1-3.

Contest Information

Each entry must include a completed entry form attached to the backside of their submission.

Entry Form

Essays: You may choose from the following topics:

  1. Historical
  2. Historical Fiction
  3. Science
  4. Fantasy

Artwork Categories:

  1. Two-dimensional artwork includes painting, drawing, ink, and multi-media.
  2. Three-dimensional artwork includes: swords, shields, models of castles, sculptures, etc. Legos will not be accepted. Food products such as sugar cubes may not be used.

Age Groups:

Group I – Kindergarten & 1st Grade
Group II – 2nd & 3rd Grade
Group III – 4th Grade
Group IV – 5th Grade
Group V – Middle School
Group VI – High School

Deadline: The entry deadline is January 4; if you need an extension, you must contact the Festival Coordinator for approval.

Submission: Please drop your students’ entries off at the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire office, which is located in the Historic Thomas Center. The street address is 302 NE 6th Avenue. The Thomas Center is open Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Entry Pickup: Due to the limited storage space, entries and unclaimed prizes must be picked up from the Thomas Center by Thursday, February 9th, or you may pick up the artwork from the Fairgrounds on Sunday, February 4th at 5 p.m. or Monday morning before 10 a.m.