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Katy Rice Harvest Festival - Art Contest

Deadline: Oct 06, 2023 11:59 pm (GMT-05:00) Central Time (US & Canada)
Date: Oct 13, 2023 6:00 pm - Oct 15, 2023 6:00 pm (CDT)

About the event

Celebrating Katy Area’s history and longstanding cultural values, we will be providing family fun for everyone! The event will be focused around our Historic Town Square in front of Katy City Hall, and we are once again partnering with Rotary Club of Katy (“Katy Rotary”) as the beneficiary. We are also proud to announce that 100% of net proceeds go back into our Katy Community through opportunities like Scholarships, Non-Profit Organizations, and Charities. Octoberfest: Friday, October 13th from 6pm-10pm: Our free public event featuring live music, beer, food trucks, and we are bringing back the carnival! Katy Rice Festival: Saturday, October 14th 10am-10pm & Sunday, October 15th 12pm-6pm: Featuring arts & crafts vendors, an expanded kids/teen zone including the carnival, live international music entertainment, food trucks, beer garden, contests, and much more. Expecting to have 150 vendor booths and an attendance of over 15,000 people over the two-and-half day event we know you’ll find your new favorite shops to support, food trucks you haven’t tasted before, and even make new friends! There will be significant parking and free shuttle service to and from the Merrell Center during all hours of the festival.
City of Katy
City of Katy
City of Katy
City of Katy

About the application

We invite all art students to participate in the 2023 Katy Rice Harvest Festival Arts Contest. Paying tribute to our heritage, each entry must have a Historic Katy theme – use rice or show off our rice dryers, highlight life in Katy back in the 1900’s, re-create an old building or item from our museums, etc. We encourage creativity and originality!


We ask Art Teachers to help facilitate this competition, perhaps by having all your students create something and then you choosing your top 1-2 entries for each Category per Contestant Class to be a part of the Katy Rice Festival Art Contest. We would love to have every school in Katy represented in this year’s festival! 


Art Show: 
October 9th, 2023 
5:00 - 6:30pm
at Katy City Hall

Art on Display:
October 10th - 27th, 2023
8:00am - 5:00pm
at Katy City Hall

Art on Display During Festival:
October 13th - 15th, 2023



Contest Categories
a.    Painting
b.    Photography *
c.    Sculpting *


Contestant Classes (for each category)
a.    Kindergarten
b.    First through Second Grade
c.    Third through Fifth Grade
d.    Sixth through Eighth Grade*
e.    Ninth through Twelfth Grade*


* Photography & Sculpting will only be offered for participation to the Sixth-Eighth Grade and Ninth-Twelfth Grade Participants

Terms & Conditions


  1. Each entry must have Historic Katy as the main theme (use rice or show off our rice dryers, highlight life in Katy back in the 1900’s, re-create an old building or item from our museums, etc.)
  2. All completed entries should be brought to Katy City Hall by 5 PM on Friday, October 6th, 2023.
  3. Accepted entries must be ready for display
  4. Entry must not exceed 30” in any direction; if art is not suitable for panel or table display, the artist must provide their own support, display fixture or easel
  5. Entries must be the work of the exhibitor
  6. Entries may include projects made during the previous school year
  7. Exhibitors are required to sign a Release of Liability to the City of Katy for loss, damage or injury to any persons or property while on City of Katy property
  8. Student artwork will be showcased in the lobby area of Katy City Hall from October 9th through 27th, 2023.
  9. Student Artwork will remain on display and awards will be announced during the Katy Rice Harvest Festival (exact time TBD).
  10. Each artwork in its entirety will be made available to pick-up from October 30th through November 1st, between 8 AM – 5 PM at Katy City Hall.
  11. As a participant, photos may be taken of your artwork and used for publication and marketing purposes


a.Work which is not original, such as work copied from a magazine or book, illustrations, or a published photograph – please stress this to your students
b.Work not including a “Historic Katy” theme
c. Work not conforming to size requirements
d. Work not properly matted
e. Work which is not submitted with the official identification card, inventory sheet, and the requested student information and signatures.



Entries will be judged on interpretation of theme, creativity, and quality. Specifically the judges will consider the following: 

•    Does the artwork relate to the competition's theme? Does the artist convey the theme clearly?
•    Is the theme presented in a unique way? Is it original?
•    Does the artwork provide evidence of creativity and individuality? Is the result distinctive? Does it leave an impression?


a.1st, 2nd and 3rd place ribbons will be awarded in each Contestant Class for each Category.
b. There will also be a “Best of Show” winner per Category awarded with a Ribbon and get recognization at a City of Katy Council Meeting
c. Certificate of Participation is awarded to each participant.

Questions on the application

User information

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Email

Additional information

  • Artist Name
  • Catergory
  • Grade
  • Campus
  • Teacher's Name
  • Teachers Email
  • Parent Name
  • Parent Email
  • Artist/Parent Contact Number
  • Please review the 2023 KRHF Release of Lability document above, sign, and attach here.
Katy Rice Harvest Festival - Art Contest
Katy Rice Harvest Festival - Art Contest
Katy Rice Harvest Festival 2023
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