Deadline Extended for submissions to the 2020 GRAND OLD 4TH POSTER CONTEST

UPDATE: Due to health concerns, BARN has decided to cancel this week’s (March 13th) Teen Night, please check their link below for updates.

The Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce has not only extended the deadline for submissions to the 2020 Grand Old 4th Poster Contest to April 1st, 2020, but they’ve partnered with two great Island groups to inspire our youth to create that perfect poster!

Young artists, listen up! The Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce is excited to invite all enrolled students of the public and private elementary, middle and high schools of Bainbridge Island (including home-schooled children) to participate in their 4th Annual Grand Old 4th Poster Contest!

Scrappy Art Lab offers a variety of programs for children, teens, grown-ups and families, revolving around artistic creativity using recycled and natural materials (to learn more about their Workshops, Camps, Open Lab, After School activities, and Parties, click here).

During the month of March, Scrappy Art Lab will offer after school space to children who wish to create a Grand Old 4th Poster (see below for age criteria for the poster contest). Rachel Knudson, proprietor of Scrappy Art Lab will be on hand to get the kids set up with space and materials at no cost to you. She will also submit the original completed posters to the Chamber of Commerce prior to the submission deadline.

Scrappy Art Lab hours for Grand Old 4th participants are: Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays after school from 3pm to 5pm, and Saturday, March 14th, 21st, and 28th from 11am to 4pm. Children ages 6 to 8 years old need to be accompanied by a caregiver, teen, or supervising adult.

BARN — The Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network (BARN) is a non-profit community-built organization, where local artisans and craftsmen practice and teach their respective crafts in a hands-on environment, in addition, they hold workshops, classes and community events (to learn more about BARN, click here to read my March 2019 article, Discovering BARN.)

In conjunction with BARN’s March Teen Night on Friday, March 13th from 6pm to 9pm, space and supplies will be provided for teens to create the perfect Grand Old 4th poster.


As in 2019, this year’s contest will focus on the creation of a poster to celebrate yet another year of the largest community event on Bainbridge Island.

The contest is open to all Bainbridge Island students, with final entries submitted to the Chamber of Commerce office by January 10, 2020. A panel of judges will choose the winning entry, which will be announced at their Member Awards and Installation Banquet on Saturday, February 29, 2020.

The artist of the winning poster design will receive a $1,000.00 scholarship to any institution of higher learning or artistic endeavor, graciously sponsored by Puget Sound Energy.

The winning design will become the property of the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce and will be used in the marketing of the 53rd Grand Old 4th of July Community event in 2020. To top it off, the winning student and their family will be invited to ride in the parade!

Download the complete contest rules HERE. For any additional questions, please contact us at

Congratulations to last year’s poster contest winner Adeline Herb! Addy’s artwork was chosen as the best representation of the Grand Old 4th and Bainbridge Island as a whole. Her artwork was showcased at the 2019 Island Honors Banquet, where contest sponsors Puget Sound Energy presented with her prize: a $1000 check to further her artistic ventures. In addition, I had the pleasure of interviewing Addy, you can read about her here.


*Text and images provided by and used with permission from the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce

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