Aug. 18--The Fergus Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau Tuesday kicked off its annual photo contest.
The contest provides an opportunity for photographers to submit their best pictures of Fergus Falls and the Otter Tail lakes country area and win a spot in the area guide printed annually.
"It's often said by Fergus Falls residents that we get to live and work in a vacation-land." said Jean Bowman, executive director of the Fergus Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau. "We're asking people to put that perspective to work for our community and share photographs that will entice others to consider a vacation here."
If a photo is worth a thousand words, then what better way to show potential tourists the local treasures Fergus Falls has to offer? "We will use the photos in our promotional publications, including the visitors guide, our web site, and other printed and digital pieces. We require digital photography." Each photographer may submit up to 10 photographs.
Entries must be submitted by Friday, October 10. Photographs specifically depicting tourist-related activities like festivals, sports, shopping, recreation and dining are most likely to win prizes. Prizes awarded are: $100 for the best overall photograph, and five $50 honorable mentions. Entries will be judged by an independent party. Winning photos will exhibit quality in color, composition, clarity and creativity as well as their ability to tell a story about our area.
Contest rules and entry forms are available in the lobby of City Hall and at www.visitfergusfalls.com.
Bicycle-theater production at RTC
On Saturday, Sept. 6, PlaceBase Productions in partnership with Springboard for the Arts and Imagine Fergus Falls, will present The Kirkbride Cycle on the grounds of the Fergus Falls Regional Treatment Center. This new musical, bicycle-theater production with a cast of over 50 local residents will be the highlight of the Kirkbride Arts and History Weekend. There will be three chances to see the production at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., with an epilogue in front of the building at 7 p.m., followed by a street dance.
Ashley Hanson and Andrew Gaylord of PlaceBase Productions have spent the last eight months researching the history of the Fergus Falls Regional Treatment Center, also known as the Kirkbride, by collecting historical documentation, holding Story Swap Workshops, and conducting interviews with groups and individuals that have a connection to the building.
"Ashley and Andrew couldn't be a more thoughtful, visionary duo to transform this complex community topic into an unforgettable work of art," says Springboard for the Arts Rural Program Director Michele Anderson.
The audience will move around the building from scene to scene on bicycles or "people movers" in a style of mobile theater PlaceBase has coined "bicycle-theater." In addition to the over 50 local performers and musicians cast in the production, local artists are working with PlaceBase Productions and Springboard for the Arts to design installation art works related to the themes addressed in the production that will be on display on the grounds.
Direct production questions to Ashley Hanson at email@example.com or 952-486-0533; all other inquires, contact Michele Anderson at Michele@springboardforthearts.org; or 218-770-3485.
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