International Festival of Owls coloring contest in Houston a truly ‘international affair’
Twenty-four countries, 22 states and 650 entries make up this year’s International Owl Center coloring contest competitors.
“It was awesome, amazing response,” said International Owl Center director Karla Bloem of this year’s contest. “In the past we’ve had seven countries at the most.”
The director is pleased to see the growth that her organization has enjoyed over the years and the interest in the coloring contest is one sign that their efforts at outreach are catching on.
Throughout the weekend during the 2016 Festival of Owls, (March 4, 5 and 6) several of the top entries as well as all of the winners will be on display throughout the event and the community of Houston.
“We’ll have the drawings up at the center and over at the Four Seasons Center, at the Houston Library and several other locations for visitors to enjoy,” Bloem said.
In years past the staff at the International Owl Center have drawn winners out of a hat.
“You never know who’s mom helped with the drawings or things like that,” Bloem said.
But this year their friends at the Houston Arts Resource Council judged the over 600 entries.