The Zumbrota Area Arts Council (ZAAC) is sponsoring a Youth Art Contest at the Zumbrota State Theatre on Saturday, November 21, 2020 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. This is the Youth Art Contest that would normally have been held as part of the Covered Bridge Festival. Featured is local youth art from artists in grades PK-12.


Youth artists are welcome to enter up to three items. Any art medium is welcome. The youth art entry form is here: Youth Art Entry Form

Each piece of art needs a separate entry form. The grade categories and monetary prizes are: PK –K $15, Grades 1- 4 – $25, Grades 5 – 8 – $40, Grades 9 – 12 – $50 and the People’s Choice award – $70. A single student can win the prize for her or his age group plus The People’s Choice Award.


Art can be in a variety of forms including drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, pottery, mobiles, woodcarving, glass works or any other art form not mentioned.

When art entries are completed contact Candy at 507-843-4320 to arrange for ZAAC to receive the art for entry in the contest.

Artists will have the opportunity to view their artwork during the show at the State Theatre and can pick up their items at the end of the event. If unable to retrieve items that day please make arrangements with Candy at 507-843-4320 to retrieve the art. Art must be picked up by December 21st. A photo of each winner with the winning art piece will be used for promotional purposes.

This exciting project spotlights our local youth talent. ZAAC provides a venue for youth to share their talents and instill a love, joy and passion for art for everyone, as well as showcasing the incredible talent in our local area.

Youth art may also be considered for ZAAC’s banner project. This artwork is photographed for the banners that are displayed on Main Street in Zumbrota. Art that is to be considered for the banner project must be in a 12 inch by 24 inch vertical format. The suggested theme for the banner project artwork is zoo animals. For banner project art see the guidelines on the Grant Banner Project page.


Local judges will select the winners in each age group and event attendees vote to determine the People’s Choice award winner. The People’s Choice award winner’s artwork will be featured on promotional materials for next year’s event.


Candy Marx – Volunteer – Youth Art Contest

This activity is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeast Minnesota Art Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

2019 Results

Alexis Knott, a ninth grader from Zumbrota, won the People’s Choice Award for her artwork in the Youth Art Contest sponsored by the Zumbrota Area Arts Council (ZAAC) as part of the 2019 Covered Bridge Festival. The People’s Choice selection is made by attendees who vote on their favorite art.

People’s Choice Winner 2019

Winners in the age category awards were Aiyona Boutin of Cannon Falls in the 9th – 12th grade category, Josh Wedde of Zumbrota in the 5th – 8th grade category and Simon Grove of Zumbrota in the Pre-K – 4th grade category.

Simon Grove of Zumbrota

Josh Wedde of Zumbrota

Aiyona Boutin of Cannon Falls


2018 and Earlier Winners: