Coordinates (three entries per school)
Two or three pieces in combinations such as skirt and vest, skirt, blouse, blazer, jumper and blouse, culottes and blouse, etc.

General Rules for Needle and Thread
1. Each entry must be accompanied by a judging form and a signed statement of originality. Each entry should include on the back a list of all materials used in completing the project and an explanation of the type of material (e.g. polyster, cotton and polyester, wool, silk), type of thread, length of zipper, type of buttons and trim, and pattern used.
2. Contestants must make girls or ladies garments and must not receive help on their projects other than instructions. Contestants are allowed to enter one garment in each category. Fashions must meet general MACS standards of dress. No short skirts, slacks, pantsuits, shorts, bathing suits, or sleepwear should be entered.
3. Fashions will be evaluated according to Christian standards as well as sewing skills. Ten points may be subtracted or disqualification may occur if Christian dress standards are violated. Projects must be completely finished to be eligible. Students should be prepared to model their own garments; however, if the garment is made for another person that person may model, provided she is a Festival participant or sponsor.
4. The pattern must accompany entry. If contestant varies from the pattern, the differences must be explained. If a garment is a compilation of several patterns, only those pieces used should be submitted with the entry.
5. A label with the student’s name and school name should be securely attached to each entry. Five points will be subtracted for failure to do this.
6. Seam finishes are judged according to the work involved as well as neatness. Points will be deducted for garments soiled or wrinkled by having been worn. Neatness of sewing skill will be of utmost importance in final judging.
7. In all Needlecraft categories participants may use commercial transfer designs, printed or painted patterns, or original designs. Participants must select their own materials and stitches. The back side of the project must be exposed.

General Information
The purpose of the Minnesota Association of Christian Schools Fine Arts Festival is to assist the youth of our Minnesota Christian Schools in developing their talents for the Lord’s service and to provide an opportunity for fellowship among our youth.

Eligibility. Students from MACS member schools who are in ninth grade (or equivalent) or above, and have not attained the age of 19 by September 1 of the current school year may compete. Students who are in the seventh and eighth grades may compete in the Orchestra/Band and Handbell categories.

Limitations. Only projects which were started since the last MACS Arts and Academic Festival may be entered for participation in the current festival. Students participating in the BIble/Speech Festival may enter up to four performance events. Students may take up to three writing or academic tests. Students participating in the Music/Arts Festival may participate in six performance events NOT including band and choir, and five non-performing events such as arts, photography, or science project.

Festival Ratings. The participants are evaluated by the following standard: Superior (95.5-100), Excellent (89.5-95.49), Good (84.5-89.49), and Fair (59.5-84.49). Any number of students in each event will award places rather than rating: Bible Quizzing, Bible Memory, Spelling, and Academic Test.

Awards. All students will receive certificates according to the rating they receive. Students who achieve superior ratings or first place in individual categories will also receive a medal. Large groups which receive a superior rating will receive trophies.

Dress, Grooming, and Conduct. It is expected that each participate will follow general MACS standards for dress. Given the nature of the festival this would include skirts or dresses to the middle of the knee for women and shirt with ties for men. Men should not have long hair in front or back. Eyes and ears must be clearly visible. Hair must not be below the natural hair line. Men should be clean-shaven with sideburns no longer than the middle of the ear. The conduct of participants is expected to meet the standard for believers in I Timothy 4:12. Patience, kindness, and good sportsmanship is the exemplary rule to follow at all times for all students, sponsors, parents, and visitors. Insubordination or disruptive behavior by any student, sponsor, parent, or visitor toward a judge or festival official will not be tolerated. Behavior which does not exemplify a Christian will be grounds for disqualification.

Photography Policy. No flash photography may be used during performance. Groups may pause a moment after performing if a flash photo is desired. Camcorders, video recorders, and non-flash still photos can be used only if the head judge in a competition room had granted permission.

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