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Birdhouse Build Off

Build a Birdhouse!

$5,000 Prize for a Birdhouse?!
Yes, but only if you’re a kid!
The Walworth County Fair will award a kid between 9 and 17 years old $5,000 …
Just teach them how to build a birdhouse!
A kid can enter a birdhouse they constructed and the best birdhouse wins $5,000, and any adult (18+) can help! The money is not a scholarship, it’s a check with no restrictions on what it is used for!
Tanis Construction Birdhouse Build Off is designed to make it easy to enter, and the kids even get free admission to the Walworth County Fair with their entry.

Judging is on Saturday, September 3, 2022, at 12:00 PM Noon CST.

WHERE: North Hall, Home Economics Building.

COST: Free to enter.
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Teams wishing to have their entry considered must completely fill out the registration form and submit it online, or mail to:
Walworth County Fair
PO Box 286
Elkhorn, WI 53121-0286

AUGUST 19, 2022
  • Saturday, August 27, 2022 from 8:00AM - 2:00PM CST.
  • Sunday, August 28, 2022 from Noon - 5:00PM CST.
NO late drop offs allowed, must be present to win. All registered youth will receive one FREE admission ticket to the 2022 Walworth County Fair when their completed entry is dropped off.

2022 Birdhouse Build-Off Entry Form

Adult Participant (Age 18+)

Requirements (Please Scroll)

Youth Participant (Age 9-17)

  • This is a competition for amateurs. Commercial enterprises or businesses are not eligible to enter.
  • Winner and/or mentor may not win two years in a row.
  • Four photographs of child participating in the birdhouse making process.
  • Open to Youth Ages 9-17. Adult Mentors Ages 18 years+.
  • An informational sheet must accompany the birdhouse entry indicating the following:
    • You must name your birdhouse.
    • Identify native Wisconsin bird type for which the birdhouse is built.
    • Dimensions
    • List one thing that you learned from this project.
  • Provide a sketch drawing or photo of what you based your birdhouse design.
  • Not to exceed $100 value of material used in constructing birdhouse.
  • No personal identifying names, initials, or signatures on the birdhouse.
  • All entries must be original construction. No kits allowed. No purchased birdhouses will be allowed.
  • Birdhouses must be designed for native Wisconsin birds; such as, house wrens, bluebirds, tree swallows, finches, etc. For the "Birdhouse Build Off" contest, a "birdhouse" mimics a hole-in-tree environment; a "house-like" box.
  • Birdhouses are limited in size to a maximum of 18” x 18” x 18” and must be the appropriate floor size, entry hole, entry hole above floor and interior depth. No perches or multiple holes are allowed since they encourage non-native birds and predation.
  • All birdhouses must be ready for installation and use outdoors.
  • No bird boxes; ie, "bird boxes" are boxes that have an "open" platform, perch, or shelf.
  • Safety first. Use appropriate safety equipment; such as, goggles, gloves, masks, or ear plugs. All power tools are to be used under adult supervision. Follow the safety directions listed in the owner’s manual and on the equipment.
  • Birdhouses will be judged on the following included but not limited to:
    • Functionality
    • Quality of build
    • Construction materials
    • Tools used
    • Creativity/Originality
    • Overall appearance for use outdoors
  • One entry will be selected as the contest winner.
  • The decision of the judges will be final.
  • Youth contest participant must be present at contest judging date, time, and location to win.
  • One $5000 cash prize will be awarded in the form of a check solely payable to YOUTH contest winner and must be picked up at the Fair Office. Cash prize redemption requires completion of an IRS W-9 form by contest winner prior to cash prize distribution.
  • All exhibits must remain on display throughout the duration of the Walworth County Fair and may be picked up on Tuesday, September 6, 2022, between 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM CST at the North Hall on the Fairgrounds.

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