In July, the San Marcos Arts Council kicks-off the First Annual Chickens on Parade – an activity that will run all summer long. It’s the kind of project you can get out and enjoy by yourself or with your kids, grandchildren or even with your out of town guests.
Learn a little about San Marcos, get silly, have some fun, support local businesses, explore the arts and win some great prizes. There is something for everyone with the Chicken Parade, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to have some fun with this activity right here in our backyard.
Here’s how it works…
The San Marcos Arts Council Chickens on Parade is a collaborative effort that brings together local businesses, artists and the community. The Parade will officially run from July 4 to September 30. During that time, businesses involved will be displaying artist-adorned chicken sculptures as a city-wide scavenger hunt and Photo Contest. Residents are welcomed to join the scavenger hunt and photo contest for free and are eligible to win thousands of dollars worth of prizes.
The San Marcos Arts Council has been working hard the last few months to pull together the details of this comprehensive program. They supplied 28 porcelain chickens and then worked with the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce to get these chickens sponsored by local area businesses. After the sponsors were identified, the Arts Council matched each chicken up with a local artist. The artists had a few weeks to adore their chicken and prepare it for the parade.
The chickens are ready. They are proudly on display and now it’s up to you to get out there and enjoy the fun! There will be both a Scavenger Hunt and Photo Contest going on this summer. Both are completely FREE and you could win some awesome prizes!
Scavenger Hunt Contest
It all begins at www.SanMarcosArtsCouncil.com where you can download the Scavenger Hunt Map & Contest Rules.
All summer long, you are invited to visit all 28 chickens on display throughout the area. Once you complete the scavenger hunt, turn your map in at the last business you visit. Be sure to include your name, email and phone number so you can be contacted you when you win! Prizes will be given out at the Gala on October 23, 2014. Winners do NOT need to be present to win!
To Participate in the Photo Contest, simply visit a business where one of the 28 chickens resides, do a Facebook Check in, snap a picture for one of the following categories and post it on your Facebook page. Please “tag” yourself and anyone else in the photo when you post your picture. SMAC will be monitoring all the business Facebook Pages and will select Winners in the following Categories:
- Best Selfie
- Best Group Picture
- Best Team Picture
- Best Family Picture
- Most Outrageous Picture
- Funniest Picture
- Classiest Picture
- Best Male Picture
- Best Female Picture
- Best Representation Picture
The Chicken Parade will come to a Grand Finale on October 19, 2014 when all the chickens will be showcased at the San Marcos Horse Heritage event. At that time, the Chicken Auction will be open and go live!
All sales will come to a close on October 23 at the San Marcos Chamber’s monthly mixer, held at the San Marcos Historical Society Heritage Park from 5:30- 7:30PM located at 1952 Sycamore Drive in San Marcos.
Funds raised in the 2014 SMAC Chicken Parade will support the Council’s mission to “foster and promote an arts environment that enriches the community and envision a culturally exciting and artistically vibrant community wherein all forms of the arts flourish.”
If you would like to get involved, volunteer or make a meaningful donation to the San Marcos Arts Council, please contact Board President, Marilyn Huerta or Chairman, Craig Garcia or visit their website.