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Annual Festival of Lighthouses Contest

By Susan Mizla

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The 15th Annual Festival of Lighthouses was recently held at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, Connecticut in which contestants entered their home-made lighthouses for a chance to win a $1,500 grand prize.

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To allow for maximum creativity, the rules were pretty simple. The entries had to be three to six feet tall, have a working light, and they could not contain any animal remains such as shells, or food items.

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The voting was done by paying guests to the museum. Each paying guest was given a ballot to vote for their favorite lighthouse based on creativity, craftsmanship, artistry, and use of light.

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My husband and I visited on a weekday when the aquarium was fairly quiet, and we were able to take our time looking at all of the animal exhibits and the lighthouses on display. It was a hard decision for both of us to try to decide which lighthouse entrant would receive our votes.

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Because of space, we are only able to show some of the entries. Since the contest and voting was going to end on January 16, past the deadline for this edition of Lighthouse Digest, we didn’t know at press time which entry won. But we can all check the Maritime Aquarium’s web site at www.maritimeaquarium.org to see which lighthouse was the winner.

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This story appeared in the Jan/Feb 2017 edition of Lighthouse Digest Magazine. The print edition contains more stories than our internet edition, and each story generally contains more photographs - often many more - in the print edition. For subscription information about the print edition, click here.

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