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The initial ART Blooms Banner Contest took place in 2015 when the first group of young artists’ work was chosen to display in downtown Farmington.

For the 8th annual light pole banner contest, the artwork of 258 artists will be displayed in nine locations throughout the area.

The 2022 theme “Paws, Fins, Wings & Things” emphasizes pets and wildlife. The contest runs from Jan. 3-28.

This year’s light pole design contest has expanded throughout the region because of generous sponsors including the City of Farmington, First State Community Bank, Ozarks Federal Savings and Loan, and Unico Bank. For 2022, banner artwork will be displayed in Arcadia Valley, Bismarck, Bonne Terre, Caledonia, Desloge, Farmington, Fredericktown, Park Hills and Potosi.

The contest is sponsored by Mineral Area Council on the Arts.

“The ART Blooms Banner Contest has grown spectacularly in recent years,” said MACOA Executive Director Scottye Adkins. “The MACOA volunteers enjoy the process of sorting from over 1,500 entries. It gives us a chance to see all of the talented artists represented!”

Farmington City Administrator Greg Beavers was part of kicking off the first banner art contest.

“We are glad to see the banner contest expand into the other towns in the region,” he said. “It is always a joy to see the artwork up and down the streets in Farmington.”

The ART Blooms Banner Contest is open to local K-12 students in public, private and homeschools in the Parkland. Students are asked to submit an original drawing, painting or illustration depicting the theme using the official entry form.

Artwork submitted by homeschools and private schools will be represented on light poles in the town nearest their location from March to October. Students may submit multiple entries but only one entry per person is eligible to win.

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Artwork must be submitted to the Farmington Library at 101 North A Street or to MACOA at the Mineral Area College Fine Arts Building in room 134. Entries can also be mailed to MACOA at PO Box 1000, Park Hills, MO 63601. If entries are mailed, the artwork must not be folded and should be sent flat in a protective envelope.

All entries must be received by Jan. 28. Official guidelines and entry form are available at the Farmington Library, online at or on MACOA’s Facebook page.

Questions regarding the banner contest should be directed to Adkins at 573-518-2125 or email

Pam Clifton is a contributing writer for the Daily Journal


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