Students from around Kane County and northern Arizona compete for artistic honors and prizes during the 14th Annual Earth Day Festival Poster Contest at the Kane County Visitor Information Center in downtown Kanab tomorrow from 12-6 p.m.; and the attending public gets to pick the “Peoples’ Choice” Award winner.

The artwork of area students in grades Kindergarten through 12, nearly 500 posters, will be on display during the Festival. A panel of local judges selected first, second and third place posters from each of six age categories. From these 18 posters, the public will vote for their favorite. The poster with the most votes becomes the “Peoples’ Choice” Award winner.

Judging this year’s contest were Dixie Brunner, editor of the Southern Utah News; Deak Dollard, BLM law enforcement ranger and former art teacher; and Barry Glazier, owner of Glazier’s Family Market and amateur photographer.

When making their selections for the top three posters from each age category, the judges looked at how well the artwork depicted the Festival theme, “All It Takes Is Me;” age-appropriateness; and overall artistic expression.

The public is invited to vote for the “Peoples’ Choice” Award winner during the Festival anytime between noon and 6 p.m. The winner will be announced in the Southern Utah News.

Other activities planned for this year’s Earth Day Festival include exhibits from the BLM, Amazing Earthfest, Glen Canyon Natural History Association, Grand Staircase Escalante Partners, Kaibab National Forest and Smokey the Bear, Kaibab Paiute Tribe Environmental and Heritage Programs, Master Gardeners and 4H, Southern Utah University, and the Volunteer Center of Kane County. There will also be a treasure hunt with prizes.

Entertainment will be provided by the Red Rock Dance Academy, starting at 1 p.m. For the famished, and for those folks with an insatiable sweet tooth, the Kanab High School softball team will hold a bake sale; and for the procrastinators, our local Girl Scouts will be on hand selling the last of this year’s cookies.

“The festival is free, so there’s no excuse not to drop by to walk through the exhibits, vote for the People’s Choice Poster Contest winner, and have fun celebrating Earth Day,” said Lisa Church, Earth Day Festival committee chair.

For more information, contact Lisa Church or Larry Crutchfield at 435-644-1200.