Kids glove contest starts Thursday

GLOVERSVILLE — Kids of all ages seeking an outlet for their creativity during the summer months will have an opportunity to exercise their artistic talents while entering the Kids’ Glove Design Contest through the Gloversville Public Library and the Fulton County Museum beginning on Thursday.

The contest will be open to all school age youths from those entering pre-K to seniors in high school beginning Thursday through Aug. 13. Young artists interested in entering a design can pick up a stock card entry form featuring the image of a pair of gloves at the library or the museum and will use the image as the base for their handsome creations.

Entrants may use any media they wish to create their designs such as crayons, paints, ink, collage or mixed media. The completed designs must be returned to the library and will initially be displayed at the library for a week after they are submitted after which they will be moved to the museum for display.

Three winning designs will be selected from the submissions to receive prizes during an awards reception at the museum on Oct. 12 when one grand prize winner will be presented with a physical pair of gloves based on their own design created by a local artisan.

According to Head of Children’s Services Sally Fancher, the idea for the contest was developed over the winter when Fulton County Historical Society and Museum Board of Directors member Marion Viglione approached the library seeking to collaborate on a project to involve area kids in the Year of the Glove, a year-long celebration of Fulton County’s heritage as a tanning and glove industry giant.

“The kids can be creative and perhaps look more into the history of their city,” Fancher said Tuesday. “If you look all over the place there are all kinds of contests for kids to draw something and this way it’s actually a little more meaningful, because maybe they’ll learn about the history of Gloversville.”

“People settled here and were able to use everything in the environment to set up an industry that at one time was worldwide,” she added, noting how glove making grew locally out of the natural abundance of certain plants, water and deer. “It developed an entire community, an entire city.”

The contest will officially kick off on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. when Fancher visits the Fulton County Museum with the library’s weekly summer series, Traveling Story Time, that invites children and families to different locations throughout the city each week to hear a story and make a craft.

Fancher pointed to the contest as a fun way for kids to get involved in celebrating the area’s past that helped birth the community they now live in.

“Kids should enter the contest so that they can be part of the big celebration of the Year of the Glove and they will be able to express themselves any way they want,” Fancher said. “I hope a lot of young people enter so we can see all of the creativity here.”

School age kids can pick up an entry form for the Kids’ Glove Design Contest at the Fulton County Museum or the Gloversville Public Library in the youth center on the lower level beginning on Thursday. Completed designs may be submitted to the library youth center until the close of business on Aug. 13.

One grand prize winner and two runners up will be selected and notified on Sept. 7. An awards reception will be held at the Fulton County Museum on Oct. 12. when prizes will be awarded including one grand prize, a pair of gloves made by a local craftsman of the winning design.

By Kerry Minor

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