Recycled Yard Art Contest Awards

The purpose of the Recycled Yard Art Contest is to increase environmental awareness and encourage reuse/recycling of materials into yard art.

2017 State Fair Recycled Yard Art Contest (Feb)

As you probably know by now, twice a year, we sponsor a Recycled Yard Art Contest, one at the Hillsborough County Fair and one at the Florida State Fair. The purpose of the Recycled Yard Art Contest was to increase environmental awareness and encourage reuse/recycling of materials into yard art. The competition involved two and three dimensional art created from items already used for their original purpose.

During the twelve days of the 2017 Florida State Fair, attendees voted for the People’s Choice award on one of the 24 entries submitted. The votes have been tallied, all 9,142 of them (an increase from the 2016 vote total of 8,144), and the winner is: Andy Hamilton for the “Farm Bike” created with boat fenders, bicycle parts, wheels and a propane cylinder.

"Farm Bike" by Andy Hamilton

Jeffrey Scott De Blasio won first place for his “Metal Bonefish Sculpture”, which was created from horseshoes and various other metal parts.

“Metal Bonefish Sculpture” by Jeffrey Scott De Blasio

Dowdell Middle Magnet School won the first place Middle School Award for their creation, “Teacup Planter” that utilized old tires, tin cans, paint, a paper bag and rope.

"Teacup Planter" by Dowdell Middle Magnet School

The first place award for an Elementary School went to Ballast Point Elementary for their “Fence Picket Self Portraits” made with reclaimed wooden fence pickets.

"Fence Picket Self Portaits" by Ballast Point Elementary

First place for a High School was awarded to Hannah Barrionuevo from Wharton High School for her “Piano” created from clay and clothespins.

"Piano" by Hannah Barrinuevo

All of the contest winning entries were on display at the UF/IFAS Extension Service, 5339 County Road 579, Seffner, FL 33584, until March 21, 2017. Thank you to all who stopped by to view these creations, stroll through the Bette S. Walker Discovery Garden and see what we have to offer.

We're truly amazed at the creativity of all of the artists. Most of the artwork that was entered into the Recycled Yard Art contest would look fabulous in many landscape, mine in particular! Each of us would probably be surprised at how creative we can be. This is a great time to put on your thinking caps for a Recycled Yard Art project you have been considering creating…and create it. We will have two Recycled Yard Art competitions in 2018; one at the Hillsborough County Fair, and one at the Florida State Fair. Hope you will participate. Thanks for Reducing, Reusing, Recycling and Repeating!

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2016 County Fair Recycled Yard Art Contest (Oct)

The purpose of the Recycled Yard Art Contest was to increase environmental awareness and encourage reuse/recycling of materials into yard art. The competition involved two and three dimensional art created from items already used for their original purpose.

During the eight days of the Hillsborough County Fair, attendees voted for the People’s Choice award. All 4,135 votes were tallied (compared to last year’s 1,543), and the People's Choice winner was awarded to Andy Hamilton, who created Minion Mermaid with an air tank, springs, pie pans and metal pieces)

Mermaid Minion

Nicolette Tiedemann won the First Place Adult award with Planter Face, which she created using duct tape, glue, milk jugs and plaster.

Planter Face

Target 4-H Club won First Place Middle School for their creation of Pumpkin PVC Person, plastic water bottles, plastic bags, old chair frame, metal cans, used PVC pipes, trash can lid, old boots and Halloween pumpkin bucket.

Pumpkin PVC Person

The first place award for Elementary School went to Alisia Ramos who made a Bird House from tree branches, paper and a Christmas ornament.

Bird House

All of these contest winning entries will be on display in our lobby at the UF/IFAS Extension Service for the next 30 days. We hope you will be able to stop by and see these wonderful recycled creations if you were not able to attend the Hillsborough County Fair.

Click here for the winner announcement flyer for the 2016 County Fair Recycled Yard Art Contest

And congratulations again to all our winners!

We have been asked, for the third year in a row, to again hold a Recycled Yard Art Contest at the Florida State Fair!

If you are interested in receiving a copy of the rules, please contact Lisa Meredith with our office, meredithL@hillsboroughcounty.org, or if you have questions regarding the contest, call Lisa at 744-5519 x 54146.

 

2016 State Fair Recycled Yard Art Contest (Feb)

This was the second year we held the Recycled Yard Art Contest at the Florida State Fair. There were 28 entries submitted, 8 more than last year! We asked fairgoers to vote for one of the entries submitted to determine the People's Award. The votes were counted and totaled 8,144 as compared to 5, 466 votes which were cast last year.

The People's Choice Award was created by McClaren A. 'Buddy' Streets, titled "Spartacus", a horse head made from old car parts and horse shoes.

"Spartacus" by McClaren A. 'Buddy' Streets

First place Elementary School was awarded for the "Truffula Trees" created by Ballast Point Elementary, 4th grade, and made from plastic bottles, chicken wire, reclaimed wood, and Christmas tree stands.

"Truffula Trees" by Ballast Point Elementary

First place Middle School went to the "Minion Yard Gnomes" submitted by Dowdell Middle Magnet School and made of used plastice bottles, sand, tape, and a plastic bag.

 "Minion Yard Gnomes" by Dowdell Middle Magnet School

First place High School was a "Banjo" created by Tyrone Lee Evans using scrap metal and wallpaper.

"Banjo" by Tyrone Lee Evans

First place Adult was awarded to Bob Dickey for his "Turtle" which was made from a shovel head.

"Turtle" by Bob Dickey

All of the winning entries will be on display at our office, the UF/IFAS Extension Hillsborough County, 5339 County Road 579, Seffner, FL 33584. Please stop by to see these amazing creations of recycled and repurposed objects. You can also stroll through the Bette S. Walker Discovery Garden in our courtyard and view our perennial garden behind the building.

Thanks much to all of you that attended the fair and voted for the People's Choice Award. We hope you will continue to reduce, reuse, recycle, and repeat your successes.

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2015 County Recycled Yard Art Contest (Oct)

We had a record breaking number of votes and more entries than ever, especially from children, which is great!

People Choice Award “Spartacus”

Spartacus

Elementary School “Jeannie Bottle”

Middle School “Minion Yard Gnomes”

Minion Yard Gnomes

High School “Turtle”

Turtle

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2015 State Fair Recycled Yard Art Contest (Feb)

The purpose of the Recycled Yard Art Contest was to increase environmental awareness and encourage reuse/recycling of materials into yard art. The competition involved two and three dimensional art created from items already used for their original purpose.

During the twelve days of the 2015 Florida State Fair, attendees voted for the People's Choice award on one of the nineteen entries submitted. The votes have been tallied, all 5,466 of them, and the winner is: Andy Hamilton for the "Robot Welder" created with a bug sprayer, candle stick, skates, metal thermometer, silverware, and bicycle pedals.

McClaren A. Streets "Buddy" won first place for his "American Quarter", (American Eagle), which was created from used saw blades, truck and welding parts.

 

 

The Dowdell Middle Magnet School won first place for their creation of "Penguin Bottle Lawn Decorations" that utilized  plastic bottles in varying sizes and fabric scraps.

 

 

The first place award for an Elementary School went to Ballas Point Elementary for their "Cycle" creation which is a Rainwater Harvesting system. The materials used include a plastic garbage bin/can, plastic bottles (water, soda, and milk), an old garden hose and bicycle wheel.

 

 

All of the contest winning entries will be on display at the UF/IFAS Extension Service, 5339 County Road 579, Seffner, FL 33584, until March 18, 2015. We hope you will stop by to view these creations, stroll through the Bette S. Walker Discovery Garden and see what we have to offer.

I'm truly amazed at the creativity of the artists. Most of the artwork that was entered into the Recycled Yard Art contest would look fabulous in many landscape, mine in particular! Each of us would probably b surprised at how creative we can be. This is a great time to put on your thinking caps for a Recycled Yard Art project you have been considering creating...and make it. We will have two Recycled Yard Art competitions in 2016; one at the Hillsborough County Fair, and one at the Florida State Fair. Hope you will participate.

Thanks for reducing, Reusing, Recycling, and Repeating!

 

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2014 County Recycled Yard Art Contest Winners

A special “Thank You” to everyone that stopped at the UF/IFAS Extension Hillsborough County Fair Recycled Yard Art Booth and placed your vote for the 2014 People’s Choice Award and a very special “Thank You” to our participants. 

People’s Choice Award

 The 2014 Recycled Yard Art People’s Choice Award Winner goes to McClaren A. Streets “Buddy” for Horse Power, which he created from used automobile parts and tools.

UF/IFAS Extension Hillsborough County’s panel of judges had the hard job of choosing the best in the submissions.

First Prize Winners

McClaren A. Streets “Buddy” received first place with his Butterfly Collection, which he created using saw blades and automotive paint.

 The Dowdell Middle Magnet School won first place for their creation of Penguin Bottle Lawn Decorations, plastic bottles in varying sizes and fabric scraps.

 The first place award for Elementary School went to Gage Wink who created an Owl Shaped Potted Plant Holder, made from a cracked 5 gallon bucket, scrap burlap, scratched CD, jar lids, aluminum can pieces and old fishing line lures.

 We’re doing the same thing at the Florida State Fair. Hope to see you there!

Thanks! -Lisa

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2013 County Recycled Yard Art Contest

Thank you to all who participated in the 2013 contest.

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2012 County Recycled Yard Art Contest

Thank you to all who participated in the 2012 contest.

Hillsborough County Extension Service, in conjunction with the Hillsborough County Fair, is sponsoring the annual Recycled Yard Art Contest to be held at the Hillsborough County Fair from Wednesday, October 17 through Sunday, October 21, 2012.

 

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2011 County Recycled Yard Art Contest

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