Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Snappy Sport Senter of Kalispell and Flathead Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited, are sponsoring a regional competition for the national State-Fish Art Contest. The contest is open to all students’ grades 4 through 12. Cutthroat trout were chosen as the Montana state fish in 1977 in a poll of over 200,000 Montanans. Cutthroats are a symbol of clean, cold water and healthy aquatic habitat, part of Montana’s natural heritage.
All entries must meet four criteria: all artwork must be on an 8 1/2” x 11” horizontal format with no lettering or initials on the face of the artwork, and the artwork must be accompanied by an official entry form and a one-page composition on cutthroat trout with the student’s name and address on it. Entries that don’t meet those criteria will be disqualified from the national contest. Students can draw any state fish for the National contest but only cutthroat trout will be judged in this local competition.
Official entry forms, contest rules, and cutthroat information are available on the website www.statefishart.com <http://www.statefishart.com> or copies can be requested from the Kalispell Fish, Wildlife & Parks office. An Educator’s Corner is also available on the website for teachers that want to incorporate this project into the classroom.
All entries must be turned in Kalispell Fish, Wildlife & Parks by 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 23. All the entries will be displayed at Snappy Sport Senter and judged by a team of local wildlife artists. All entries will then be forwarded to the national contest sponsored by Wildlife Forever. Entries will be grouped by classes 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. Older students are particularly encouraged to enter. The top three artists in each category will receive gift certificates for $75, $50, and $25. Winning artwork can be viewed on The State-Fish Art website. For 2009, Carson and Kendyl Collinsworth of Whitefish and Clay Pape from Stevensville won both locally and at National for their grade groups. Carson Collinsworth also won National Best of Show for grades 4-6. For more information, call Jim Vashro, 751-4550.