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Rose Arts Festival announces competitions

Rose Arts Festival, to be held for the first time since the pandemic, has announced several competitions for local artists, athletes, cooks and leaders for the June 25 event.

The Rose Court Leadership Competition

Open to Southeastern Connecticut youth ages 16-20 who exemplify pride in community involvement, intellect and leadership.

Cash prizes: $1,000, $500, and $250.

Deadline: May 20.

Award event: June 12 at Mohegan Sun.

Sponsors Mohegan Sun, Love Me Forever, Luis Pabon Dance Arts Studio, FIEHN Photo


Budding Artist Competition

Open for ages 0-16+

Grand prize: $500

1st, 2nd, 3rd place prizes for age ranges 0-7, 8-10, 11-15, 16+.

Deadline: June 20 for artwork entry, drop-off at Reliance health, 40 Broadway

Sponsors: Core Plus Federal Credit Union and friends of Sara Davis


Culinary Competition

Open for fruit pies made by amateur cooks of all ages.

Prizes: $125, $75, $50.

Deadline: June 25 at Competition Tent at Festival at Chelsea Parade, by 11:00.


Floral Arrangement Competition

Open to amateur cooks of all ages.

Drop-off: June 25 before 11:00 a.m. at Festival Competition Tent

Prizes: $125, $75, $50.

Sponsor: Core Plus Federal Credit Union


5K and 10k Foot Races

Open to runners and walkers of all ages.

Date: Morning of June 25 at 8:30 a.m.

Start: Reynolds Road, next to Norwich Free Academy

Prize: $100 for randomly selected participant.

Sponsors: Byrnes Agency and the Bartnicki family


Rose Arts Festival, Norwich’s biggest public event, will be held on the Chelsea Green, in front of NFA, on Saturday, June 25 from noon to 7 p.m. Event features big-name music performances, art and artisan vendors, food and drink, and related events later in downtown Norwich.


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